Twenty-two year old Sebastian Saavedra from Bogota, Colombia will drive the full slate of IZOD IndyCar Series races for Dragon Racing in 2013. His No. 6 Chevrolet powered car owned by Jay Penske will have sponsorship from TRUECAR.
Saavedra will join Sebastien Bourdais as a teammate at Dragon Racing.
“I'm extremely excited on this new chapter in my life, and very thankful to everyone who made it a reality," Saavedra said. "Together with TRUECAR, Sebastien (Bourdais) and Jay's dynamic approach to building a winning franchise, [it] makes me a strong believer in Dragon Racing’s future, and our ability to win championships together."
He will replace Katherine Legge in the No. 6 Dragon Racing entry. She competed in 10 of the 15 races last season in the car with an average finish of 19.4 and a best finish of ninth in the season finale at Auto Club Speedway.
Saavedra made three starts with Andretti Autosport last season with a best finish of 15th at Sonoma. He competed full time in the Indy Lights Series in 2012 with AF Racing and had one win and three poles on his way to finishing fourth in the points. In 2011 he competed in 14 of the 17 IndyCar Series races for Conquest Racing's No. 34 car.
“We are very excited to have Sebastian join Dragon Racing for 2013 and beyond,” Jay Penske said. “I have been watching Sebastian’s rapid progression through the various series’ and I truly believe he is the perfect teammate for Bourdais. I look forward to seeing the results of their collaboration, and seeing them both on the podium many times this year.”
Bourdais ran 11 of the 15 races last season in Dragon Racing's No. 7 entry and had a best finish of fourth at Mid-Ohio.
Ryan Briscoe who is still looking for a ride was rumored to be in the competition for the second Dragon Racing seat but it was given to Saavedra instead. Saavedra thought he might be going to Andretti Autosport full time this season in a fourth car but that ride was given to EJ Viso.
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