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Firestone Indy Lights: Kansas Lottery 100

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Open Wheel Racing Topics:  Kansas Lottery 100

Firestone Indy Lights: Kansas Lottery 100

Sebastian Saavedra
April 26, 2009


THE MODERATOR: Please welcome Sebastain Saavedra, our first-place finisher. Sebastain, tell us a little bit about your race today.
SEBASTIAN SAAVEDRA: I think it was unbelievable. Cannot be better. I think the car was great since the first time we touched this track. Very happy for AFS AGR Racing. I think the guys did an awesome job. I think Firestone Firehawks were unbelievable during the whole race. Just happy, not only for me, but for my whole team.
It's important points for the championship, which for us is the most important thing right now. Looking forward to the next races.
This race, I would say the restarts were the main topic. I think in the restarts, everything could happen. Well, I was able to have a good timing behind Wade. I think pull a little bit faster in the shift, get little bit of slipstream. Very happy trying to keep it up for the complete season.
THE MODERATOR: We'll open up the floor for questions.

Q. You have had very little, if any, experience on ovals, but you and Wade ran side-by-side. They had in-car cameras on the two of you and neither of you wobbled. What was it like having Wade running right alongside you, tires almost touching?
SEBASTIAN SAAVEDRA: It's an incredible feeling. I already know that Wade's an intelligent guy, all the experience he has, all the experience I still don't have. Just trying to trust each other, and I trusted Wade during the whole race. I knew that he wanted the points, I wanted the points. The best will get them.
So it was a great experience. Now I know what's the feeling of being so near another car and the feeling of having slipstream during the first part of the race. Now I'm going to take all this experience and still put it in play for the next tracks and keep in mind that it's not hopefully the last one.

Q. On the long runs, it seemed like you were able to create some distance. Did having a caution-ruled race at the beginning and end create problems for you guys?
SEBASTIAN SAAVEDRA: Yes. Well, as we all knew, there were quite a number of yellows during the whole race. But for us was a little bit better because I think not wearing the tires was going to be the key for the last laps. Having a little bit of cooling down laps for the tires was going to be great. So I don't look at it as a disadvantage, but as an advantage for AGR.
THE MODERATOR: Congratulations, guys.

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