INDIANAPOLIS – As we approach the Month of May, the driver announcements seem to be coming out of the woodworks. Today, sources confirmed that AFS Racing would have a car for next month’s 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500, as the team will have Sebastian Saavedra in it. Team owner Gary Peterson kept to his word saying he will back the Colombian, as for the first time ever, Peterson will have his own car for Saavedra and not a merger.
In three of the last four years, AFS Racing teamed with Andretti Autosport, KV Racing and Chip Ganassi Racing to put Saavedra in a car for the ‘500. When all the cars started drying up, Peterson decided he’d stick to his word and put Saavedra in a car for the 100th Running as he’s form his own team.
The history between these two go back to 2009 in Indy Lights competition as they’ve had a great relationship ever since.
Saavedra, will be vying to make his sixth Indy 500 in seven tries as he made the field of 33 in 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015. In 2011, he missed the race with Conquest Racing.
Saavedra’s best finish came in 2014 with a 15th place effort with KV Racing.
He was injured in a crash during last year’s race as he collided with Stefano Coletti in Turn 4 during the closing stages of the event. He would finish 23rd.
Now, he has a chance to be a part of the 100th Running as this entry marks the 34th car/driver combination as we will definitely see bumping next month.