Like most American kids that grew up in the 80's I watched the Indy 500 every year and became interested in motorsports thanks to that race, but I didn't really get hooked until I started watching Formula 1 racing in the late 90's. My favorite era were those years with the great Mika Hakkinen/Michael Schumacher battles. (I was a Mika Hakkinen fan) So my fondness for Formula 1 waned once Mika retired and Schumacher started winning everything, even at the expense of his teammate Rubens Barrichello. My interest in F1 has only been lukewarm since.

Then I turned to Champ Car racing here in the US for my motorsports fix. However that was quickly extinguished once Champ Car and Indy Car merged and we were stuck with Tony George and his many foibles. (It was entertaining to watch the Hulman/George drama I'll admit.) My interest has been less than lukewarm with Indy Car lately, even without Tony George at the helm.

Over time however, the excitement I once had for motorsports has slowly gone. Maybe it has to do with my age, I don't know. But I think I will pour my efforts into my Trooper and my interests in the outdoors to add excitement to my life.

Thanks for checking out my blog, I hope you enjoy it. I will still post racing news when I find something interesting or noteworthy.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Saavedra returns to Conquest Racing for finale

(indycar.com 10-7-11)

Sebastian Saavedra and Conquest Racing will reunite for the IZOD INDYCAR World Championships Presented by Honda on Oct. 16 at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

He'll drive the No. 34 Bogota es Mundial car in the 34-car field.

"It's good to be back," said Saavedra, who competed in the first 15 races of the season. "I don't like to watch the races from a couch and now I'm ready to make my second finale with Conquest Racing. It's been a year of getting the miles on my back and I'm exited to keep putting everything into practice. I've learned more in a season in IndyCar than what I've learned in my whole racing career."

Saavedra, 21, of Colombia, closed the 2010 season in a Conquest Racing car at Homestead-Miami Speedway. They will be looking to improve on their best result of the season, which came at the streets of Sao Paolo, Brazil, where they finished 11th.

"We are very happy to have Sebastian back in our car," team owner Eric Bachlart said. "He's done a good job all year and we are very glad that he'll drive the No. 34 Bogota es Mundial chassis for the last time before we move on to the 2012 cars. This is going to be quite an event, having 34 cars should be pretty exciting and it will make for some great racing. We look forward to fighting side by side out there and taking home a good result."

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