Sebastián Saavedra retired from the Indianapolis 500 on lap 34 after an accident. Sebastián catched some slower cars on the racetrack going at a much faster speed, and made small contact with the car of Pippa Mann, which sent his Dallara Chevrolet to spin and end up hitting the wall. Saavedra said the following words after the end of the race: “It’s sad the way the month had to finish. I have had amazing support from all of my sponsors, TrueCar, and the No. 6 crew. We had an amazing car that was drilling its way from the back to the front. Unfortunately, circumstances happen that come out of your hands and destroyed our chances of showing our true potential today. Something needs to be done to help prevent these kinds of situations from happening. I want to thank my team again for all of their hard work they put into giving me a fast car.”
Brazilian driver Tony Kanaan finally got his win in the Indianapolis 500 today. Kanaan had been trying for 12 years to win the “500”, and even after leading in 8 of those races, he wasn’t able to seal the deal and win the Greatest Spectacle in Racing. Today was his day. Kanaan was one of the fastest guys on the track, battling with a big group of leaders that featured AJ Allmendinger, Carlos Muñoz, Marco Andretti and Ryan Hunter-Reay among others. All with fast cars, and with the help of the draft, made the race have a record number of lead changes, 68 in the 200 laps of the race. Certainly exciting.
Colombian rookie Carlos Muñoz went on to finish second in a fantastic race. Ernesto José Viso from Venezuela also had a good race but a mechanical failure affected him during a pit stop and finished 18th. Colombian Sebastián Saavedra retired after he had an accident on lap 34 of the 200.
Chilean riders had an overall good weekend in Portugal for the seventh and eight round of the Enduro World Championship. Best performer of the weekend was Diego “Toro” Rojas in the Junior class, who got a 13° place on Saturday and an eleventh place in the second day . In the Youth category, Benjamín Herrera recovered from a retirement in Day 1 to finish ninth on Day 2. Diego Herrera finished 14° and 16° and finally Esteban Lanz was 13° on the first day and 14° on the second day of activities.
“It was my best performance in the World Championship. I felt good, comfortable, I did not fall even once, and I came out the best times. On the last lap I was told from my team that came 13° and near the leaders, so happy. It rained during the day, I got wet a lot, but then came a sun that left fair territory, without much stone” said a proud Diego Rojas after his best result in the year.
Enduro World Championship goes on in Rumania in June.
Photo: Benjamín Herrera – Red Bull Content Pool
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