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May 10

IndyCar: Saavedra Stalls To Trigger Wreck At Start Of Grand Prix Of Indy

A massive crash at the start of the GP of Indy destroyed the cars of Sebastian Saavedra and Mikhail Aleshin. (Photo: LAT Photographic)

A massive crash at the start of the destroyed the cars of and . (Photo: LAT Photographic)

What should have been one of the glorious moments of Sebastian Saavedra’s young career as a Verizon Series driver turned out to be an incredible disaster. Saavedra was starting Saturday’s Grand Prix of Indianapolis from the pole position at the .

As the 25-car field was awaiting the lights to go out for the first-ever standing start of an IndyCar race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Saavedra’s car stalled. Cars sped past him as IndyCar officials kept the green light on with some of the cars squeezing to the inside of Saavedra’s Dallara/Chevrolet and the pit retaining wall at very high speed. Some made it but Carlos Munoz drilled the back of Saavedra, ripping the rear assembly from the car.

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May 10

IndyCar: Peterson’s Faith In Saavedra Pays Off In A Big Way At Indianapolis

Sebastian Saavedra and his AFS Racing team celebrate after winning the pole for Saturday's GP of Indy. (Photo: Getty Images)

and his AFS Racing team celebrate after winning the pole for Saturday’s . (Photo: Getty Images)

When Sebastian Saavedra was a young teenage driver trying to make it in the Indy Lights Series team owner Gary Peterson saw something in the kid from Bogota, Colombia that made him a believer. Peterson became more than a car owner for Saavedra; he was a benefactor.

Peterson was a team owner and former driver in the Indy Lights Series – a ladder series that was designed to prepare young drivers for a potential career in .

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May 10

IndyCar: Qualifying Crash Costs Hunter-Reay Pole At Grand Prix of Indy

Ryan Hunter-Reay sits in his damaged race car during qualifying at Indianapolis. (Photo: LAT Photographic)

sits in his damaged race car during qualifying at . (Photo: LAT Photographic)

Ryan Hunter-Reay took the two toughest hits Friday in qualifying at Indianapolis.

First, he damaged his car, then he was stripped of his two fastest laps — costing him the pole position for Saturday’s inaugural Grand Prix of Indianapolis.

The 2012 Series champ said afterward that he was OK, though the ramifications of his late crash will linger all night.

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May 9

IndyCar: Saavedra Takes Pole For Inaugural Grand Prix Of Indianapolis

Sebastian Saavedra poses in front of the pagoda after winning pole position for the GP of Indy. (Photo: LAT Photographic)

poses in front of the pagoda after winning pole position for the . (Photo: LAT Photographic)

Sebastian Saavedra won the first pole of his career Friday when was penalized for bringing out a session-ending red flag during qualifying at the inaugural Grand Prix of Indianapolis.

“We definitely gave that one away,” Hunter-Reay said.

Hunter-Reay had just moved to the top of the Fast Six leaderboard when he spun exiting the final turn of his next lap. It looked as if the 2012 champion may have hit a patch of water exiting Turn 14 at , where showers changed track conditions for each of the four qualifying sessions.

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May 9

Video: Rahal Takes Google Glass To Track As Indy Race Edges Closer

The inaugural Grand Prix of Indianapolis, which will be held on at ’s newly configured infield road course, edges closer with the green flag set to drop at 3:30 p.m. ET Saturday.

was towards the bottom of the timing sheet’s after this morning’s wet final practice, but has provided us with some magnificent views of the circuit this weekend with Google Glass strapped on in his car.

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