Sebastián Saavedra will race alongside four-time Champ Car title-winner Sébastien Bourdais for a second season in the IndyCar Series, after the Colombian followed his veteran teammate in moving to the KV Racing team for the upcoming season.

The 23-year-old will pilot the team’s #17 entry, which will be jointly run by AFS Racing, who fielded him in three outings with the Andretti Autosport stable in 2012..

“I am very thankful to be part of a great project that we have been working on for a good while now,” Saavedra said in today’s announcement.

“Seeing the AFS car back in action and with a great partnership with KV Racing Technology is something that brings a lot of excitement.

“All of this gives me great confidence to push not only my limits, but the team’s too.”

The coming season will be the Bogotá-born driver’s third in the championship as a full-time driver, having spent the 2011 season with Conquest Racing and last year at Dragon Racing.

Saavedra’s form rather rather patchy in 2013. Despite showing flashes of qualifying speed, he netted just two top-ten finishes in the fourteen races where he saw the chequered flag and finished worst-placed in the Drivers’ Championship standings of the field’s full-time racers.

Saavedra’s appointment at KV Racing could force incumbent driver, Simona de Silvestro, out of a competitive seat for the coming season. KV Racing did not use the announcement to give any indication of its future with the Swiss driver.

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