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2014 Standings
After Toronto
Driver Standings

Driver Standings
1 Helio Castroneves 533
2 Will Power 520
3 Ryan Hunter-Reay 464
4 Simon Pagenaud 462
5 Juan Pablo Montoya 428
6 Scott Dixon 387
7 Carlos Munoz (R) 384
8 Tony Kanaan 380
9 Marco Andretti 375
10 Sebastien Bourdais 358
11 Ryan Briscoe 344
12 James Hinchcliffe 330
13 Charlie Kimball 317
14 Justin Wilson 311
15 Mikhail Aleshin 298
16 Josef Newgarden 288
17 Jack Hawksworth (R) 287
18 Graham Rahal 266
19 Carlos Huertas (R) 265
20 Takuma Sato 234
21 Sebastian Saavedra 229
22 Mike Conway 218
23 Ed Carpenter 168
24 Oriol Servia 88
25 Kurt Busch (R) 80
26 JR Hildebrand 66
27 Sage Karam (R) 57
28 Luca Filippi 46
29 James Davison (R) 34
30 Jacques Villeneuve 29
31 Alex Tagliani 28
32 Townsend Bell 22
33 Pippa Mann 21
34 Martin Plowman (R) 18
35 Buddy Lazier 11
36 Franck Montagny 8

Rookie of the Year
1 Carlos Munoz 384
2 Mikhail Aleshin 298
3 Jack Hawksworth 287
4 Carlos Huertas 265
5 Kurt Busch 80
6 Sage Karam 57
7 James Davison 34
8 Martin Plowman 18

Wins
T1 Ryan Hunter-Reay 3
T2 Will Power 2
T2 Simon Pagenaud 2
T2 Mike Conway 2
T5 Helio Castroneves 1
T5 Carlos Huertas 1
T5 Ed Carpenter 1
T5 Juan Pablo Montoya 1
T5 Sebastien Bourdais 1

Podium Finishes
T1 Will Power 6
T1 Helio Castroneves 6
3 Ryan Hunter-Reay 5
4 Tony Kanaan 4
T5 Carlos Munoz 3
T5 Juan Pablo Montoya 3
T7 Marco Andretti 2
T7 Simon Pagenaud 2
T7 Mike Conway 2
T10 Carlos Huertas 1
T10 Scott Dixon 1
T10 Josef Newgarden 1
T10 Graham Rahal 1
T10 Charlie Kimball 1
T10 Ed Carpenter 1
T10 Jack Hawksworth 1
T10 Mikhail Aleshin 1
T10 Sebastien Bourdais 1
Manufacturer Standings:
1 Chevrolet 2056
2 Honda 1042

Lap Leaders:
1 Will Power 353
2 Tony Kanaan 326
3 Helio Castroneves 241
4 Ryan Hunter-Reay 167
5 Ed Carpenter 116
6 Juan Pablo Montoya 74
7 Takuma Sato 67
8 Sebastien Bourdais 60
9 Simon Pagenaud 59
10 James Hinchcliffe 56
11 Scott Dixon 44
12 Jack Hawksworth 32
13 Justin Wilson 25
14 Marco Andretti 22
T15 Mike Conway 15
T15 Josef Newgarden 15
17 Sebastian Saavedra 14
18 Graham Rahal 10
T19 Oriol Servia 7
T19 Carlos Huertas 7
21 Ryan Briscoe 5
22 Mikhail Aleshin 4
23 Alex Tagliani 3

Entrant Points
Pos. # Entrant Points
1 3 Team Penske 533
2 12 Team Penske 520
3 28 Andretti Autosport 464
4 77 Schmidt Peterson Hamilton Motorsports 462
5 2 Penske Motorsports 428
6 9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing 387
7 20 Ed Carpenter Racing 386
8 34 Andretti Autosport/HVM 384
9 10 Target Chip Ganassi Racing 380
10 25 Andretti Autosport 375
11 11 KVSH Racing 358
12 8 NTT Data Chip Ganassi Racing 344
13 27 Andretti Autosport 330
14 83 Novo Nordisk Chip Ganassi Racing 317
15 19 Dale Coyne Racing 311
16 7 Schmidt PetersonMotorsports 298
17 67 Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing 288
18 98 BHA/BBM with Curb-Agajanian 287
19 15 Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing 266
20 18 Dale Coyne Racing 265
21 14 A.J. Foyt Racing 234
22 17 KV/AFS Racing 229
23 16 Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing 134
24 26 Andretti Autosport 88
25 21 Ed Carpenter Racing 66
26 22 Dreyer and Reinbold 57
27 33 KV Racing Technology 34
28 5 Schmidt Peterson Motorsports 29
29 68 Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing 28
30 6 KV Racing Technology 22
31 63 Dale Coyne Racing 21
32 41 A.J. Foyt Racing 18
33 91 Lazier Partners Racing 11

Finishing Average
1 Helio Castroneves 5.38
T2 Kurt Busch 6.00
T2 Will Power 6.00
4 Simon Pagenaud 6.92
5 Sage Karam 9.00
6 Scott Dixon 9.61
7 J.R. Hildebrand 10.00
8 Tony Kanaan 10.23
9 Ryan Hunter-Reay 10.38
T10 Juan Pablo Montoya 11.15
T10 Sebastien Bourdais 11.15
12 Ryan Briscoe 11.38
13 Justin Wilson 11.92
14 Carlos Munoz 12.00
15 James Hinchcliffe 12.46
16 Oriol Servia 12.5
17 Marco Andretti 12.69
18 Ed Carpenter 12.75
19 Alex Tagliani 13.0
20 Charlie Kimball 13.23
21 Takuma Sato 13.46
22 Mikhail Aleshin 13.61
23 Jacques Villeneuve 14.0
24 Mike Conway 14.66
25 Graham Rahal 15.0
26 James Davison 16.0
27 Carlos Huertas 16.07
28 Josef Newgarden 16.92
29 Sebastian Saavedra 17.0
30 Jack Hawksworth 17.16
31 Luca Filippi 18.50
32 Martin Plowman 20.5
33 Franck Montagny 22.0
34 Pippa Mann 24.0
35 Townsend Bell 25.0
36 Buddy Lazier 32.0


Pole Positions
T1 Takuma Sato 2
T1 Will Power 2
T1 Helio Castroneves 2
T4 Ryan Hunter-Reay 1
T4 Sebastian Saavedra 1
T4 Ed Carpenter 1
T4 Simon Pagenaud 1
T4 Juan Pablo Montoya 1
T4 Scott Dixon 1
T4 Sebastien Bourdais 1

Appearances in the Firestone Fast Six
1 Ryan Hunter-Reay 5
T2 Helio Castroneves 4
T2 Will Power 4
T3 James Hinchcliffe 3
T3 Scott Dixon 3
T3 Jack Hawksworth 3
T7 Simon Pagenaud 2
T7 Josef Newgarden 2
T7 Tony Kanaan 2
T7 Sebastien Bourdais 2
T11 Takuma Sato 1
T11 Marco Andretti 1
T11 Sebastian Saavedra 1
T11 Mike Conway 1
T11 Juan Pablo Montoya 1
T11 Ryan Briscoe 1
T11 Luca Filippi 1

Qualifying Average
1 Helio Castroneves 5.53
2 James Hinchcliffe 6.90
3 Ed Carpenter 7.00
4 Luca Filippi 7.66
5 Simon Pagenaud 7.69
6 Will Power 7.76
7 Scott Dixon 8.84
8 J.R. Hildebrand 9.00
9 Sebastien Bourdais 9.76
10 Carlos Munoz 10.3
11 Tony Kanaan 10.53
12 Ryan Hunter-Reay 10.61
13 Juan Pablo Montoya 10.84
14 Takuma Sato 11.69
15 Kurt Busch 12.0
16 Marco Andretti 12.61
T17 Josef Newgarden 12.92
T17 Ryan Briscoe 12.92
19 Justin Wilson 13.0
20 Jack Hawksworth 14.5
21 Mike Conway 14.66
22 Mikhail Aleshin 14.84
23 Graham Rahal 15.38
24 Sebastian Saavedra 16.53
25 Charlie Kimball 17.15
26 Carlos Huertas 17.84
27 Franck Montagny 21.0
28 Pippa Mann 22.0
29 Alex Tagliani 24.0
30 Martin Plowman 24.5
31 Townsend Bell 25.0
32 Jacques Villeneuve 27.0
33 James Davison 28.0
34 Sage Karam 31.0
35 Buddy Lazier 33.0
Q and A with Vasser and Saavedra

KV Racing picks up Saavedra
Wednesday, February 12, 2014

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Sebastian Saavedra
THE MODERATOR:  Welcome, everyone, to today's IndyCar conference call.
We are pleased to be joined today by KV Racing Technology co-owner Jimmy Vasser who is here to make a team announcement concerning the 2014 IndyCar Series season.
Jimmy, go ahead.

JIMMY VASSER:  We'll, we're pleased to announce today we've joined forces with Gary Peterson and his AFS group to have Sebastian Saavedra drive the No. 17 KV/AFS Racing entry. Chevrolet power. Looking forward to getting running here today at Sonoma and attacking the championship.

Q. Jimmy, congratulations on the partnership with AFS Racing and Gary Peterson. How exactly did the partnership come about with Gary and bringing Sebastian onboard? 

JIMMY VASSER:  Actually started with Sebastian and myself bumping into each other at an airport, I think it might have been Laguardia heading to Toronto. We thought we would keep in touch and see how things progressed, not knowing really at that point where either ways were going to go for next season. Then having discussions with Gary over the wintertime, just general discussions, getting to know each other, really on kind of a friendship basis initially. Then just listening and seeing what was going to happen. We weren't sure what was going to happen with our second car at the time. Just trying to keep all options open.

Things started to progress over the last 30 days. Lo and behold here we are. I think it's a very exciting situation for us. Keeping the two Sebastiens together for a second year, I'm familiar with how teammate situations work, I've been in them before. Usually the first season is a little bit awkward with new teammates. Now I think they've gotten that out of the way. They know how they work together good and how they work together bad. I think that will be beneficial.

Q. We are pleased to be joined by Sebastian Saavedra. Sebastian, you have to be excited to confirm plans for the 2014 season and with KV Racing Technology.

SEBASTIAN SAAVEDRA:  Yes, it's very exciting, something we've been working for for some time, as Jimmy said. To be part of this great partnership between AFS and KV, it's something that makes us proud. Very excited to start the season for me today here in Sonoma. Looking forward to making a very good season ahead of us.

Q. You mentioned you're testing today in Sonoma with the team. I know seat time is everything for drivers, especially this close to the season start. What are your expectations for the day and possibly if you could comment what your expectations are for the season.
SEBASTIAN SAAVEDRA:  I think for today, just try to take a little bit of the rust off. It's been a good off-season. Daytona was a great time to try to get back in the car and just to put everything into perspective.

Now we have the opportunity to be here in Sonoma. It's already working with all the cylinders for the season together with Bourdais again. Just looking forward to a great season.

We finished very strong last year. I think from everything I learned, it's time to put everything into practice and look for those great opportunities in the 16 races ahead.

Q. Jimmy, what did you see in Sebastian from his running last year with Dragon, in the past with AFS, Andretti and even with Conquest?

JIMMY VASSER:  Obviously with Conquest he came in aggressive. He went through some hardships I think it was early on in his career at Indianapolis. It takes a lot of mettle to do that. Particularly last year, early on, with qualifying in the Fast Six, really kind of being very competitive if not in qualifying form outpacing Bourdais, which to me was very, very impressive.

The speed is there. Everybody knows it takes a few years to kind of get comfortable in the series, really start finding your legs. We expect him to really get into a rhythm. Maybe missed a few tests here, but we're going on to Sebring after this, then Texas and Barber. There should be plenty of seat time for him to get comfortable with the new engineers for him and the team.

Q. Jimmy, what is your outlook for a third car at Indy? 

JIMMY VASSER:  It's real good. We're currently talking to a few drivers. It's our intention to run a third car at Indy. I think we will achieve that.

Q. Do you need a veteran? 

JIMMY VASSER:  Yeah. We probably wouldn't consider a rookie. A guy or girl needs to be able to add to the program at Indianapolis. We don't need to be dragging anything down. We need somebody that can lend a hand and be able to be a protagonist in the race.

Q. Sebastian, now that you're moving up the grid a little bit, I don't think anyone would accuse Conquest or Dragon being championship-caliber teams offhand, but what do you think of the opportunity to use this equipment and to move up to work with Sebastien for another year? 

SEBASTIAN SAAVEDRA:  Very excited. As Jimmy said, it's very important to have some sort of relationship going with your teammate. I think we were able to build that last year.
When we get to work together and really develop a car, know what we like, what don't we like, I think it's a huge help when you're talking to your engineers.

I think joining forces again with a great team that has had a history, of course having the mentality of securing an Indy 500 last year is even more motivation to keep building that strong asset and even look for the championship.

So having the tools, the energy, the mentality, I think it's all there.

Q. Have you confirmed your engineering lineup as yet or is that still to be determined? 

JIMMY VASSER:  No, it's confirmed. Confirmed within our team. I'm sure the team will release that shortly.

Q. Jimmy, you've been around a Colombian driver in the past when you were a driver for Chip Ganassi Racing. Now your outlook on having three Colombians this year.

JIMMY VASSER:  I mean, it looks to me like it's poised for us to have a race down in Colombia. I don't think anybody would complain about that. Beautiful country, beautiful women. A perfect opportunity. Usually these are the ingredients that are key for us when we go to overseas venues like that.

I'd say, watch out, Colombia, we may be coming.

Q. What would be your expectation from Sebastian this first year with you guys?

JIMMY VASSER:  Well, I expect to have trophies in the trophy case. 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.

Q. Sebastian, what does it mean for you to be now with such a team that has won the Indianapolis 500 last year and what it means for you to have the backing of someone who believes in you so much as Gary Peterson? 

SEBASTIAN SAAVEDRA:  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.

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.

Q. Jimmy, with two drivers now, both named Sebastien, does that present any communications problems on the radio with you now at the track? 

JIMMY VASSER:  No, they don't overlap. There's direct lines. I don't think it should be a problem. I don't think it was a problem last year when we were in the same situation.
'Sebastian' seems to be the name of choice for race winners and great champions these days, with Vettel being world champion many times. We're looking forward to having the right first name with our guys.

Q. Jimmy, it seems as though the smaller-budget teams are bridging the gap to the Penskes, Ganassis, Andrettis. Why do you think you're competing now for possible wins and championships?

JIMMY VASSER:  First of all, it's hard work. It's people, surrounding yourself with good people, getting drivers in the seat. You really can't drop the ball in any area.
However, the resources we are always trying to give our team to compete at that level are harder to get if you don't have some of the big sponsors that some of the other teams do, like Ganassi in particular. I mean, Target has been there since the inception of the team. That's a great commercial partnership that everybody is very envious of. We're always trying to put ourselves in a similar situation.

Then I think it's the competitive nature of IndyCar really to me seems like it's coming back towards the old days. Everybody is working very hard, both Chevrolet and Honda. The league does a real good job to make sure that the rules situation is that it's a pretty even platform with the current Dallara DW12, not allowing too much of the big teams that have a lot of money to get a huge advantage, like Penske used to call it 'the unfair advantage.'

I think those are the reasons why the racing is so, so close.

Q. Jimmy, looking at the field last year, it is probably the most stacked it has been. For me, thinking of the CART days, with so many good, talented drivers from IndyCar, Indy Lights, Renault 3.5, what did you see in Sebastian that made him be the choice for KV? 

JIMMY VASSER:  Well, it really comes down to a package and a deal. He's an up-and-coming young driver showing great potential. There's a lot of confidence in him from his owner's side in Gary Peterson and AFS Racing. It was kind of a coming of the minds to KV and AFS. With Sebastian and Gary coming together, it's more of a turn-key situation.

The fact of the two Sebastiens working together last year really made a big difference for us as well. Like I said, I've been through the situation when teammates are new with each other. It's always an awkward situation. You see when teammates can have years under their belt, I lived it with my years with Zanardi, you saw it happen with Dixon and Franchitti. Good teammates for years together seem to find a way to work well together. Similar situation with the Andretti group.
Q. Is there a driver out there that he reminds you of offhand?

JIMMY VASSER:  Everybody has their own style. He's Colombian, but he's certainly not like Montoya in personality. We'll have to see on the track as he develops.
There's so many young go-getters out there, hard-chargers. You'd have to ask me that question maybe more mid-season. We'll see.

Q. Jimmy, you talked about a third car at Indy. If they spread this qualifying over two days, do you think that hurts a team trying to field that third car? 

JIMMY VASSER:  You know, I don't think so, not if it's staffed properly and the mentality is right. If you're just trying to throw a third car in willy-nilly at the last minute, maybe so. We're going to have our third car situation nailed down earlier than later. We will have proper leadership from management on down to run that car.
Like I said earlier, it's meant to help the effort, not suck away. A lot of it's how you organize it and who the driver is.

Q. Were you at the Sebring test?

JIMMY VASSER:  No, I was not.

Q. May not be easy to answer. You talked about Juan. Montoya struggled there. Do you draw anything from that? 

JIMMY VASSER:  Not necessarily. Like I know right now there are some 2014 spec engines and 2013 spec engines out there. You don't know who's got what in the car. You don't know what their test plan is.

I know better than anybody, I'm not going to bet against Montoya. I had my ass kicked too many times to do that (laughter).

Q. What can we look for in new technology for the cars?  Any big advances? 

JIMMY VASSER:  Well, there are some advances. I wouldn't say any really big ones. There's a new iteration of an engine. Bigger change for Honda, going from the single turbo to the double turbo, which is mandated now. We've been testing some different choices for the underbelly of the car. We call it 'the floor'. No decisions have been made.
I know that the biggest change is probably the horsepower, the powerplant. The other changes are really geared for safety.

Q. Do you think it will be a better racecar? 

JIMMY VASSER:  I think the racecar is proving to be a pretty darn good one, putting on some pretty good races. The racecar for the most part is going to be the same. I think from the chassis situation, the changes that have been made, there's an intrusion panel change. It's more geared for safety. Those kind of changes, you want to make little ones and make sure they're right.

But the car is definitely going to be quite a bit faster I think upping the horsepower.

Q. How much more horsepower will you have?

JIMMY VASSER:  They never tell us. I'm guessing maybe it's 20 horsepower. But I think the biggest difference you'll probably see is at Indianapolis with qualifying speeds probably inching closer to 230, 231.

Q. Jimmy, you talked about continuity between teammates. Is this a one-year deal or a multi-year deal?  Is AFS going to be for the entire season or is there going to be any other logos on the car throughout 2014?

JIMMY VASSER:  Our deal with AFS at this point in time is a one-year meant to be two, and hopefully more than that. But just to get it off and rolling right now, it's just a one-year.

Our package with Sebastien Bourdais is a two-year at this point. It's everybody's intention that the AFS will mirror at least the Bourdais one. At this point we're working on trying to get it to that level.

Q. Sebastian, having been with Gary for a period of time, does it make it more comfortable for you that you don't have to worry about the sponsor because you know what they expect and they're there to help you?

SEBASTIAN SAAVEDRA:  For sure, they're like family at this point. They brought me from Europe in 2009. I've kept a great relationship with them since then.

It's for sure a nice feeling to have your family backing you up, or your second family. The first one is backing me very strongly also since I was born.

But it's something that makes me very happy, that we were able to pull this through. It's something that we've been speaking about for some while now.

To bring AFS back to the paddock, it's been two, almost three years the last time they really make a big effort in the series. So that tells how interested in making the series keep growing and how excited they are to see everything's going.

For sure it's very satisfying.

Q. In my conversations with Gary (Petersen), he's wanted to get back to IndyCar. But for you as a driver, you have a team sponsor who has been a driver, and Jimmy Vasser, who also has been a driver. Does that help?  When you have a problem, you can go to them and say, What can I do here?
 
SEBASTIAN SAAVEDRA:  There's plenty of experience around me. It's great to reach for them. I also have a four-time champ being a teammate. For sure it's more of a benefit than anything.

Of course, I want to build my own career and try to learn many things by myself, trying the hard path. Whenever I have a situation, I'm for sure going to use their ways.

That so far has been good. Since last year, driving with Bourdais, I think at some point we didn't know each other, I didn't even know he had four times champ. It's something that built throughout the season to the point where he understood he didn't need to teach me that much and that he needed to many times keep pushing even stronger to be the main car there.

It's been good. We're going to do an interesting pair.

Q. Jimmy, now that you have both Sebastiens, you have Sonoma testing, road courses, then Indy, what do you see as your strongest point, road courses or ovals? 

JIMMY VASSER:  It's probably no secret that our ovals were very strong last year with Tony Kanaan. We did seem to struggle on the road and streets. We're looking to up our game on the road and street circuits, keeping obviously our proven platform that we have from the ovals.

Really it's going to be interesting to see. I'm excited about the road courses. Actually, there's four road courses before we actually do the 500. So we're out here in Sonoma right now doing work on our road course platform. But we do have a level of confidence with our oval package.

I'd like to see balance.

Q. Are you trying to get more out of the engine, tires, suspension?  How are you going to try to pull together your road course image? 

JIMMY VASSER:  The engine is already there. It's strong. We have Chevrolet power. I wouldn't trade it for Honda, that's for sure.

Our work is on the chassis, the engineers and the drivers, trying to get more mechanical and overall grip. Trying to lengthen the life of the tire really is kind of the game where we're not beating the tire up so much and we can have a consistent run throughout a full stint. Those are kind of our goals right now.

Q. Jimmy, you were speaking earlier about how Montoya broke in when you were there. He was a young guy. He won the championship. These days IndyCar is pretty much dominated by the veterans. Do you see the generational change coming soon? 
JIMMY VASSER:  It's inevitable. It's inevitable. It has to. We saw maybe the untimely departure of Dario Franchitti, not by his choice. But I think in his mind he probably was only going to drive another year or two.

There's always a changing of the guard. When I came in, it was Rick Mears' last year, A.J. Foyt, Mario Andretti two years after. Those were all great names and big heroes of mine. I was in awe just to be leaving the pit lane on one of their rear wings.

It's just inevitable. The changing of the guard will happen. The younger guys always bring a lot of enthusiasm, fearlessness. Once they figure out really the name of the game, what it takes to compete, and if they're in the right environment, it will be a younger man's game. Athletics and sports, it's hand-eye coordination, reaction times. It's just an inevitable situation.

THE MODERATOR:  We will wrap-up today's IndyCar conference call and thank Sebastian and Jimmy for their time today.

JIMMY VASSER:  Thank you.

SEBASTIAN SAAVEDRA:  Thank you.

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