Dragon Racing and TRUECAR, Inc. announced Tuesday that they have added Sebastian Saavedra to their 2013 IZOD IndyCar Series championship program. Saavedra will drive the No. 6 TRUECAR Dragon Racing Chevy entry, competing alongside teammate Sebastien Bourdais, who will once again be at the wheel of the No. 7 Dragon Racing entry. The move comes at the expense of Katherine Legge, who raced the team's TRUECAR entry last season – and says she is reviewing legal options in response (click here for story). The team has also expanded its operations to include a facility in Indianapolis.
"It has been a long off-season for everyone who loves racing, and I have been ready to get back in a car since Fontana," said the 22-year-old Colombian native. "I'm extremely excited on this new chapter in my life, and very thankful to everyone who made it a reality. 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. I want to sincerely thank TRUECAR and Dragon Racing for giving me this opportunity and all my Colombian supporters; Coldeportes, Marca Pais, Autoniza, Postobon, Seringel and Sumimed, who have supported me since the beginning."
After making his IndyCar debut in 2010 and making a couple of starts in '11, Saavedra stepped back to Firestone Indy Lights last season but made a couple of late-season IndyCar appearances for AFS/Andretti Autosport, finishing 15th at Sonoma and 21st at Fontana.
"We are very excited to have Sebastian join Dragon Racing for 2013 and beyond," said Jay Penske, owner and president of Dragon Racing. "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."
"Like TrueCar, Jay Penske and Dragon Racing have always been on the cutting edge of technology, business, and motorsports," said TRUECAR CEO Scott Painter. "Sebastian has excelled at every level of racing in which he has competed and we expect 2013 to be Sebastian's finest year yet."
Dragon Racing started last year as a two-car Lotus-powered effort for Bourdais and Legge. It was forced to scale back to one car after breaking ties with Lotus midway through the season, leaving Bourdais to race on road and street courses and Legge to take over for the ovals. Bourdais delivered the team's best result of fourth at Mid-Ohio.
2013 IndyCar Series lineup so far:
Team Engine Drivers
A.J. Foyt Racing Honda Takuma Sato
Andretti Autosport Chevy Ryan Hunter-Reay/James Hinchcliffe/Marco Andretti/EJ Viso
Bryan Herta Autosport Honda Alex Tagliani
Chip Ganassi Racing Honda Dario Franchitti/Scott Dixon/Charlie Kimball
Dale Coyne Racing Honda TBA/TBA
Dragon Racing Chevy Sebastien Bourdais/Sebastian Saavedra
Ed Carpenter Racing Chevy Ed Carpenter
KV Racing Technology Chevy Tony Kanaan/Simona de Silvestro
Panther/Dreyer & Reinbold Chevy JR Hildebrand/Oriol Servia
Rahal Letterman Lanigan Honda Graham Rahal/James Jakes
Sarah Fisher Hartman Honda Josef Newgarden
Schmidt Peterson Honda Simon Pagenaud/Tristan Vautier
Team Penske Chevy Will Power/Helio Castroneves
Carlos Munoz - Andretti Autosport - Indianapolis
Mike Conway - Rahal Letterman Lanigan - Long Beach