IndyCar Driver Review: Sebastian Saavedra

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As MotorSportsTalk continues its 2014 Verizon IndyCar Series driver-by-driver review, we come to 21st. P21 is last of the full-timers, Sebastian Saavedra… which are the exact same words I wrote last year.

2014 SEASON PREVIEW

Sebastian Saavedra

  • Team: KV/AFS Racing
  • 2013: 21st Place, Best Finish 8th, Best Start 6th, 2 Top-10, 0 Laps Led, 17.7 Avg. Start, 18.3 Avg. Finish
  • 2014: 21st Place, Best Finish 9th, 1 Pole, 1 Top-10, 14 Laps Led, 17.2 Avg. Start, 16.9 Avg. Finish

For a second straight year, I hate to say it but I once again had a hard time even realizing Sebastian Saavedra was in the field. Being anonymous at Dragon Racing is one thing, but failing to do hardly any better a year later with a better team in KV/AFS Racing was not what the 24-year-old Colombian needed.

On-track he had really only two highlight-reel moments, and they both came in the same weekend, at the inaugural Grand Prix of Indianapolis. He captured a shock and well-executed pole in mixed conditions, but then stalled on the grid from pole and was contacted by fellow youngsters Carlos Munoz and Mikhail Aleshin in perhaps the most violent impact of the season.

Otherwise there was little to write home about. He posted a decent drive to ninth at Long Beach and he was on pace for a possible podium in Iowa. But that Long Beach result marked his only top-10 result of the season; his qualifying wasn’t much better (17.2 average after 17.7 last year) and he barely outscored the Ed Carpenter Racing pair of Mike Conway and Ed Carpenter on his own. Saavedra’s a nice enough guy, but he has had several chances to prove his worth at this level, and still has yet to deliver on his potential.