- Jacques Villeneuve will attempt to make Indianapolis 500 starts 19 years apart, bettering Cy Marshall & Roland Free's 17-year gap set in 1947.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Saavedra Full-time In Lights, '500'

Andretti Autosport and AFS Racing announced today the signing of Sebastian Saavedra to pilot a co-entried full-time Firestone Indy Lights Dallara in 2012.

Running the #27 in the ladder series, Saavedra will attempt to qualify for the 96th Indianapolis 500 behind the wheel of the #25 Andretti Autosport/AFS Automatic Fire Sprinklers Chevrolet, with the potential for 'two to three other IZOD IndyCar events'.

Saavedra started 32nd and finished 23rd in the 2010 '500' in a one-off entry with Bryan Herta Autosport. The Columbian returned with intent to run full-time in the IZOD IndyCar in 2011, competing in 14 of the 17 races, the 21-year-old missed the last 2 events do to sponsorship and failed to qualify at Indianapolis.

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