The IndyCar Series has reported Sebastian Saavedra will drive for Schmidt Peterson Motorsports in Toronto replacing Mikhail Aleshin in the #7 SPM-Honda. The reason for the midseason replacement is unknown; however it has been suggested it is possibly due to Aleshin’s continuing visa problems.
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The move promotes Saavedra into a car and team seeking to compete with the likes of Team Penske, Andretti Autosport, and Chip Ganassi Racing. SPM won the Long Beach Grand Prix with James Hinchcliffe in April. Saavedra’s announcement for Toronto brings the Colombian back to the site of his second win in Indy Lights in 2009. A race he won from pole position.
Saavedra has recent IndyCar experience, having competed in the 2017 Indianapolis 500 for Juncos Racing. He finished P15. In addition to the Indy 500, Saavedra has completed 62 career IndyCar Series races. The 27-year-old has yet to achieve a podium or win in the IndyCar Series; but has competed off and on in the top series with two full seasons with Dragon Racing and the now defunct KV Racing Technology in 2013 and 2014 respectively.
Saavedra’s list of accomplishments include; four career Indy Lights wins, the 2009 Indy Lights Rookie of the Year award, and a career-best P8 finish at the 2013 Grand Prix of Baltimore.