LEEDS, Ala. — Conquest Racing has filled one of its two seats for the 2011 IZOD IndyCar Series.
The team, owned by Eric Bachelart, has hired Sebastian Saavedra to drive its No. 34 Dallara Honda. It will be the first full season in the series for the 20-year-old Colombian, who made a pair of IndyCar starts last season after winning the Indy Lights Rookie of the Year Award in 2009.
“I’m excited to be entering my first full season of IndyCar competition,” said Saavedra. “I’ve been working a long time towards this and for it to finally happen is fantastic. I can’t wait for the season to start. I know it won’t always be easy but I am up for the challenge.”
Saavedra finished 16th in the season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway, driving for Conquest.
“We’re delighted to have Sebastian back with us and this time for the complete season,” Bachelart said. “I think we can expect some good things from him this season. We’re also happy to be keeping up our tradition of giving young up-and-coming drivers the chance to take their career to the next level.”
Saavedra was 21st of the 24 cars (combined time sheet for two sessions) on the 2.38-mile Barber Motorsports Park circuit during testing Monday with a quick lap of 1 minute, 13.8020 seconds.