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Saavedra moves to KV to reteam with Bourdais

Sebastian Saavedra is to follow his former Dragon team mate Sebastien Bourdais to KV Racing Technology in 2014, the team announced on Wednesday.
Sebastian Bourdais will have a familiar face as his team mate in the coming IndyCar Series season despite his change of team over the winter, as Sebastian Saavedra is also making the transition from Dragon Racing to KV Racing Technology in 2014.

Bourdais's move to Jimmy Vasser's race team was revealed last October, with the Frenchman being offered the race seat vacated by Indy 500 champion Tony Kanaan after he moved to Chip Ganassi Racing in place of Dario Franchitti, who has retired from the sport after crashing in last year's race at Houston.

Now the team has confirmed that Bourdais will once again be paired with 23-year-old Colombian race star Sebastian Saavedra, after the two drivers spent 2013 together at Dragon Racing.

"A great partnership with KV Racing Technology is something that brings a lot of excitement," said Saavedra. "It's also great to be back working with Bourdais. I believe we have unfinished business out there.

"All of this gives me great confidence to push not only my limits but the team's, too," he added.

The #17 entry will be part-funded in partnership with Gary Peterson, co-owner of AFS Racing which has backed Saavedra's career since his 2009 season in Indy Lights.

“It looks to be a great alignment between AFS Racing, KV Racing Technology and Sebastian Saavedra,” said Peterson. "My heart is always in racing and I'm looking forward to another great year.

"I've been supporting young drivers since I stopped racing myself, so Seb and I have become close," he continued. "It's been a pleasure to mentor him over the years.

"KV Racing is a great fit for AFS and Seb and we appreciate the opportunity to join them. KV has a strong two-car team and will be a contender for the 2014 IndyCar Series championship, as well as another Indy 500 win this year," Peterson added, referring to Kanaan's victory at Indianapolis last season.

"Gary is a racer and has been involved in the sport for a long time. He brings a tremendous amount of knowledge about the sport and about business to the organization,” said KV team co-owner Vasser. "I am also excited to watch the growth and development of Sebastian Saavedra, an up-and-coming young talent who we all have high expectations for."

Both Bourdais and Saavedra participated in a Chevrolet manufacturer test day at Sonoma Raceway after Wednesday's announcement, with next month's season opener at St Petersburg - which will be Saavedra's 39th start in IndyCar - now coming up fast on the horizon for all the teams and drivers busy preparing for a new campaign.



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Dragon Racing`s Sebastien Bourdais. (Photo Credit: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)
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