KV Racing partner with AFS for 2014


Credit: Mike Harding

KV Racing bosses Kevin Kalkhoven and Jimmy Vasser have announced that they have partnered with AFS Racing to field an entry in the 2014 IndyCar Series.

The team also announced that talented young driver Sebastian Saavedra will be piloting the #17 KV Racing machine throughout the season.

“I am extremely pleased to announce that KV Racing Technology and AFS Racing have reached an agreement to field an entry for the 2014 IndyCar season,” said Kalkhoven. “AFS Racing has strong leadership and a solid history in IndyCar and Indy Lights. I look forward to our partnership and having a successful season with Sebastian Saavedra behind the wheel of the No. 17 KV AFS entry.”

Signing Saavedra came about thanks to the assistance of AFS boss Gary Peterson who mentored the driver since 2009: “I’ve been supporting young drivers since I stopped racing myself, so Seb and I have become close. 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. I’ve known Jimmy for years and I’m looking forward to getting to know Kevin better.

“Everyone at KV has been great to work with. Steve Moore, their General Manager, has really been on top of things. 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. Jimmy and I both thought it was important to keep the Sebastians together after Sebastian Bourdais and Sebastian Saavedra were teammates last season. I’m looking forward to a great season and hope for many more to come.”

The Colombian has had six years of single seater experience under his belt with spells in three Formula BMW series: Asia, USA and Germany, leading onto German F3 success and Indy Lights victories.