After running a very strong rookie season with AFS/Andretti Autosport in 2009, Sebastian Saavedra has signed on to run a 2nd Bryan Herta Autosport entry full-time in the Firestone Indy Lights Series. Saavedra will pilot the #29 and will be joined by Stefan Wilson who was signed earlier this year. The 19 year-old Colombian native will also be entered into the 2010 Indianapolis 500 with BHA.
“This is a very proud day for Bryan Herta Autosport. Sebastian and Stefan will make a very formidable driving team and will help to raise our program to the next level. I know they will be pushing us and each other all season long. And to be able to announce our entry into the Indy 500 this year is another step in the plan Steve and I set for the team when it was formed just one year ago. There is much work ahead for us but today we want to take a breath and enjoy this moment. We can’t wait for the season to get started.” -Co-Owner Bryan Herta
“I have been talking to Bryan for some time and now everything is underway and I am very excited,” said Saavedra. “The program looks amazing. It is something we can build on for the future. It will be great to have Stefan as a teammate and to work with Bryan and Steve who know what winning is like. I will be working hard to be the best-prepared mentally and physically. My goal for the championship is to bring the gold home.
Obviously, the Indy 500 is an important event for me. It is an honor as only the third Colombian to do it. Bryan has raced at Indy five times and it is a great relief to have someone who knows what to do to guide me through this important occasion. I will be very focused to do a good job.” -Sebastian Saavedra
“We are thrilled to have Sebastian join the team,” said Newey. “I was extremely impressed by his performance last year. He was very competitive at every race. I am glad he is on our side now and we don’t have to compete against him. We plan to give Sebastian the opportunity to showcase his talent and compete for the championship.” -Co-Owner Steve Newey