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ICS: Vasser Says “I Expect Trophies In The Trophy Case”
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By: Brian Eberly – NASCAR/IndyCar Contributor (@beberly18)
February 12, 2014
CHICAGO– KV Racing announced on Wednesday afternoon they have formed a strategic partnership with Gary Peterson, owner of AFS Racing, to field the No. 17 KV AFS Racing Chevrolet with Sebastian Saavedra behind the wheel.
The move reunites Saavedra with Sebastien Bourdais, who signed with KV Racing for the 2014 and 2015 IndyCar Series seasons. The two drivers were teammates in 2013 at Dragon Racing.
“Well, I expect to have trophies in the trophy case,” Vasser stated during the teleconference when asked about expectations for 2014. ”That’s why we race. The guys really get excited when we put trophies in there. Last year we had both drivers put trophies in the trophy case, so I expect to have some trophies in there.”
Bourdais posted three podium finishes and six top-10s for Dragon in 2013, leading to a 12th-place finish in the final championship standings. All of the podium finishes came in the second half of the season and Bourdais looks to carry that kind of momentum into 2014.
Saavedra recorded two top-10 finishes with a best of eighth at Baltimore during the 2013 season.
“I’ve been supporting young drivers since I stopped racing myself, so Seb and I have become close,” Peterson said. “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.”
“I’m very excited to be part of this great project. I think it’s something that, of course, gives a lot of energy for me to keep pushing, looking for those not only podiums but victories,” Saavedra said.
“As I said before, having the opportunity to be with a team that secured the Indy 500 last year gives even more motivation to not only repeating it but looking forward to a championship even. A lot of motivation going on. I think a great combination of engineering, mechanics. We’re very well-prepared. Looking forward to an awesome season ahead.”
Saavedra went on to say that it was great to be back working with Bourdais and that he believes they have unfinished business out there. What exactly the unfinished business entails won’t begin to play out until the teams hit the track for the start of the 2014 season.
The season gets under way when the Grand Prix of St. Petersburg kicks off the weekend of March 28-30. Stay tuned to Motor Racing Scene throughout the remainder of the off-season as we prepare you for the 18-race 2014 IndyCar series schedule.