Sebastian Saavedra will join Dragon Racing's 2 car IndyCar program as a team mate to four time ChampCar champion Sebastien Bourdais. He replaces Katherine Legge in the TrueCar sponsored Chevrolet-Dallara numbered 6.

In 2012, Saavedra competed in the Firestone Indy Lights series and ran two IndyCar races (including the Indianapolis 500) for a joint entry of Andretti Autosport and AFS Racing.

This is particularly notable because, before today, the TrueCar sponsorship was part of a multi-level team of female racing drivers. As many of the other TrueCar backed drivers have seen changes in 2013 (Star Mazda driver Ashley Freiberg, for example, was moved into fendered cars and is now running in the IMSA GT3 Challenge series), it's not a surprise to see the program changing at the top as well.

Dragon Racing is owned by Jay Penske, Rodger Penske's son. The second seat at his team was originally rumored to go to Ryan Briscoe, but Briscoe is again left unemployed. This means Briscoe's focus now turns to the only confirmed open seat left in IndyCar, the second ride at Dale Coyne Racing.


To my knowledge, Saavedra brings some personal funding, but nothing significant.

Story via Marshall Pruett,