Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Fool Me Four Times...?

What do Conor Daly, Simona de Silvestro, Oriol Servia, Alex Tagliani, and Sage Karam all have in common? They all don't have rides. Who has seemingly entered the fray again? Sebastian Saavedra.

Saavedra, 23 years of age from Colombia, entered Indycar in 2010. His first race was the 2010 Indianapolis 500, where he somehow got into the field despite crashing in qualifying for Bryan Herta Autosport. He would later crash in the race. Saavedra and Herta would later clash off the track, causing him to have his Indy Lights contract terminated.

After a troubling 2010, Saavedra moved up to Indycar full-time with Conquest Racing in 2011. He did nothing that season. He failed to qualify for the Indianapolis 500, and he did not crack the top-ten once. Awful season.

For a slim moment,  Saavedra was looking like he was going to get his career on track. He made the mature decision to move back down to Indy Lights in 2012. I was expecting him to dominate the season with Andretti Autosport. Instead, he could only manage P4. FOURTH!!! He also drove in Indycar a couple times for Andretti Autosport, driving for one of the best teams in the series, and once again, he did nothing.

Sebastian Saavedra - Texas Motor Speedway: Day 2
Saavedra... How....? Where....? Why....? Ugh.... (Photo: Will Schneekloth / Getty Images North America)

In 2013, he once again switched teams (are you noticing the theme)? This time, it was for Jay Penske's Dragon Racing. Saavedra, for the first time in his career in his career, cracked the top-ten. He did it a staggering two times last season; I almost needed a calculator to count that high... Saavedra finished out the season with the lowest number of championship points amongst full-time drivers.

Now, in 2014, Saavedra has somehow gotten another chance to prove himself, this time with KVSH Racing. I mean, honestly?!?! Anyone who thinks this is because of the results he's put up or the potential he shows is clearly delusional. I think we all know this comes down to a matter of money.

Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me. Fool me four times? I have no clue what that means... Saavedra is like the Prius; It just never seems to go away.

Let me know what you think!

-Matthew Hickey

1 comment:

  1. I agree totally instead of Simona back in that ride it goes to him. This problem of ride buying makes good drivers start in nascrap.

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