IndyCar: Saavedra ready for a surprise comeback in Toronto

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Sebastian Saavedra should be officially cleared to drive by INDYCAR in a matter of moments because the Colombian has been officially confirmed to race by Chip Ganassi Racing Teams ahead of this weekend’s Honda Indy Toronto.

Saavedra, who sustained a contusion to his right foot when his car was hit in the side by Stefano Coletti in the No. 4 KV Racing Technology Chevrolet at the Indianapolis 500, needed to be evaluated before being cleared to race again.

However, he’ll have the all-go this weekend in the No. 8 AFS Chevrolet for Ganassi’s team. Saavedra was not slated to race again for the team until the season finale in Sonoma but a primary sponsorship opportunity arose, thus presenting the opportunity to take over what had been Sage Karam’s car.

“I can’t wait to rejoin the No. 8 team for the Toronto race,” Saavedra said in a team release. “The teams have been making big gains in speed the last few races. I feel a lot of momentum coming off the Texas race where Scott and Tony finished one-two so things are definitely clicking. I know the cars are usually good at Toronto after watching Dario and Dixon win consistently there the last several years.

“My foot is back to 100 percent after Indianapolis and I’ll be ready to go race this weekend.”

This will be Saavedra’s fourth start of the season (Long Beach, Indianapolis GP, Indianapolis 500). His best finish is 10th at Long Beach in his team debut.

Saavedra has a best finish of 15th in five Toronto IndyCar starts, but he won from pole on debut in Indy Lights in 2009 and also finished second after starting eighth there in 2012.