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Sebastian Saavedra to Drive in the Brickyard Sports Car Challenge

INDIANAPOLIS (July 26, 2012) – Colombian Sebastian Saavedra will pair with Australian James Davison for Friday’s Grand-Am race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

The 22-year-old will be making his first Grand-Am start with Corvette team Mike Baughman Racing in the #46 machine.

Saavedra is currently second in the Firestone Indy Lights point standings, 24 points behind Esteban Guerrieri. He has finished on the podium in six out of nine races so far this season and recorded a win at the Indy Grand Prix of Alabama.

He raced in this year’s Indianapolis 500 with AFS Racing/Andretti Autosport, where he recorded a 26th-place finish. The Grand Prix of Sonoma on August 26 will mark his second IZOD IndyCar Series start of the 2012 season.

Saavedra and Davison battled against one another in the Firestone Indy Lights championship in 2009 and have been good friends ever since.

Friday’s race is the first for the Grand-Am Series on the IMS road course, in advance of Sunday’s Brickyard 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup event.

Sebastian Saavedra, Driver:

“There is nothing better than having a free weekend and racing at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. I got a call Tuesday evening from James Davison asking if I wanted to do it and it didn't take too long to make the decision. It'll be a challenge for both of us as we will each only have 30 minutess to get used to the car, know the track (which we haven't been in since 2006 in Formula BMW.) and still work on the car. I am excited about this opportunity and thankful to Mike Baughman and the whole MBR Racing team for the experience.” 

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