IndyCar: Saavedra and Bourdais get off on the right foot image

Dragon Racing’s new driver Sebastian Saavedra and veteran Sebastien Bourdais had a good time during their first test as team-mates at Sebring International Raceway.

Less than a week after being named to complete the two-car Dragon Racing entry for the 19-race IZOD IndyCar Series season, Saavedra participated at the team’s first on-track session of the new year. The Colombian will join Bourdais in testing on February 27 at Sonoma Raceway.

“It’s the first contact with the team – the mechanics, the engineers and Seb as well – so it was very important to create a relationship as they’ll become your family during the season. From that aspect that was great,” Saavedra was quoted as saying by The 22-year-old driver believes he will make a competitive team with Bourdais.

“We’re looking very good and looking to make things happen with Seb, and I believe we’re a good combination to push each other,” Saavedra said. He has 19 IZOD IndyCar Series starts over the past three seasons, with a career-best finish of 11th with Conquest Racing at the Brazil race in 2011.

Four-time Champ Car champion Sebastien Bourdais set up the car in the morning session and monitored Saavedra’s feedback during the afternoon. “He’s got experience; he’s not a newcomer feedback. He’s done a full season already and downgraded last year, but sometimes it’s good to take a step back to come back stronger,” Bourdais said.