Sebastian Saavedra
May 10

IndyCar: Pagenaud Stretches Fuel To Win On Indy Road Course

Simon Pagenaud celebrates after winning the Grand Prix of Indianapolis. (Photo: Getty Images)

Simon Pagenaud celebrates after winning the Grand Prix of Indianapolis. (Photo: Getty Images)

Indianapolis Motor Speedway officially opened for the month of May with a chaotic road course race that started with a wreck, saw James Hinchliffe and the mayor of the city injured by flying debris, and, finally, Simon Pagenaud celebrate a fuel-mileage victory.

Pagenaud won the inaugural Grand Prix of Indianapolis on Saturday, the first IndyCar Series race on IMS’ road course, by stretching his fuel the final 29 laps.

The Frenchman was one of several drivers to gamble on gas, and he took the lead when Oriol Servia had to stop with four laps remaining. Pagenaud managed to make it to the finish for his third series victory despite having to keep an eye on his mirrors.

May 10

IndyCar: Saavedra Stalls To Trigger Wreck At Start Of Grand Prix Of Indy

A massive crash at the start of the GP of Indy destroyed the cars of Sebastian Saavedra and Mikhail Aleshin. (Photo: LAT Photographic)

A massive crash at the start of the GP of Indy destroyed the cars of Sebastian Saavedra and Mikhail Aleshin. (Photo: LAT Photographic)

What should have been one of the glorious moments of Sebastian Saavedra’s young career as a Verizon IndyCar Series driver turned out to be an incredible disaster. Saavedra was starting Saturday’s Grand Prix of Indianapolis from the pole position at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

As the 25-car field was awaiting the lights to go out for the first-ever standing start of an IndyCar race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Saavedra’s car stalled. Cars sped past him as IndyCar officials kept the green light on with some of the cars squeezing to the inside of Saavedra’s Dallara/Chevrolet and the pit retaining wall at very high speed. Some made it but Carlos Munoz drilled the back of Saavedra, ripping the rear assembly from the car.

May 10

IndyCar: Peterson’s Faith In Saavedra Pays Off In A Big Way At Indianapolis

Sebastian Saavedra and his AFS Racing team celebrate after winning the pole for Saturday's GP of Indy. (Photo: Getty Images)

Sebastian Saavedra and his AFS Racing team celebrate after winning the pole for Saturday’s GP of Indy. (Photo: Getty Images)

When Sebastian Saavedra was a young teenage driver trying to make it in the Indy Lights Series team owner Gary Peterson saw something in the kid from Bogota, Colombia that made him a believer. Peterson became more than a car owner for Saavedra; he was a benefactor.

Peterson was a team owner and former driver in the Indy Lights Series – a ladder series that was designed to prepare young drivers for a potential career in IndyCar.

May 9

IndyCar: Saavedra Takes Pole For Inaugural Grand Prix Of Indianapolis

Sebastian Saavedra poses in front of the pagoda after winning pole position for the GP of Indy. (Photo: LAT Photographic)

Sebastian Saavedra poses in front of the pagoda after winning pole position for the GP of Indy. (Photo: LAT Photographic)

Sebastian Saavedra won the first pole of his career Friday when Ryan Hunter-Reay was penalized for bringing out a session-ending red flag during qualifying at the inaugural Grand Prix of Indianapolis.

“We definitely gave that one away,” Hunter-Reay said.

Hunter-Reay had just moved to the top of the Fast Six leaderboard when he spun exiting the final turn of his next lap. It looked as if the 2012 IndyCar champion may have hit a patch of water exiting Turn 14 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, where showers changed track conditions for each of the four qualifying sessions.

Feb 24

5 Things To Know After The IndyCar Series Media Day

Scott Dixon, Helio Castroneves, Graham Rahal, Juan Pablo Montoya, James Hinchcliffe and Simon Pagenaud. (Photos: Getty Images)

Scott Dixon, Helio Castroneves, Graham Rahal, Juan Pablo Montoya, James Hinchcliffe and Simon Pagenaud. (Photos: LAT Photographic)

Five things to know about what went on at IndyCar Series media day in advance of the season-opening March 30 race at St. Petersburg, Fla.

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