Oh, the places we’ll (hope to) go!

November 11, 2011 1 comment

Yesterday, INDYCAR announced that the IZOD IndyCar Series will race in China during the 2012 season. With seemingly a whole world of possibilities for the sport moving forward, we wanted to know: What is the ONE track you’d add to the schedule if you could?

We were amazed at the outcome, with votes and opinions pouring in. Thanks to everyone who participated on twitter and facebook. We appreciate your opinion and hope you have fun reading the results!

The Runners-Up:

One vote each: Vancouver, Eurospeedway Lausitz, Spielberg, Zandvoort, Denver, Streets of Linz, San Jose GP, Brands Hatch, Key West, Austin (TX), Boise (ID), Daytona, Pikes Peak, Road Atlanta, Monaco, Charlotte Motor Speedway, Homestead, Streets of Columbus (OH), Rockingham (UK), The Springfield Mile, Walt Disney World Speedway, San Jose, Dijon-Prenois, Mexico City, Streets of Chicago

Two votes: Montreal, Spa-Francorchamps, Las Vegas Strip, Kansas, Silverstone, Nazareth, Mount Tremblant, Ovals (anywhere)

Three votes: Surfers Paradise, Circuit of the Americas, New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Gateway, Mosport

 Four votes: Kentucky Speedway, Portland

Six votes: Laguna Seca

Eight votes: Richmond International Raceway, Phoenix, Watkins Glen

Nine votes: Cleveland

Ten votes: Chicagoland Speedway, Pocono, IMS Road Course

(Are you getting excited?!) Here are your Top Three:

#3: Michigan International Speedway (13 votes)

#2: The Milwaukee Mile (15 votes)

And the #1 place (by a HUGE margin) that you’d like to see on the IndyCar schedule:

ROAD AMERICA! (45 votes)



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Simona’s Off-Season Workout Playlist

October 28, 2011 4 comments

Yesterday, we asked for some help in compiling a great playlist for Simona to work out to in the off-season. Between our fans on facebook and twitter, we came up with a terrific, 99-song playlist for her! Not only is she sure to be motivated during her two- or three-a-days this winter, but now YOU can refresh your playlist with the help from your social media friends!

Thanks to everyone who contributed to the list. Now it’s time to get rockin’!

  1. Stronger – Britney Spears
  2. Survivor – Destiny’s Child
  3. Anything by Saxon
  4. Pre-1987 Whitesnake
  5. We Found Love – Rhianna
  6. In the Dark – DEV. Faster
  7. Kill Pussycat – Oakenfold
  8. Let it Rock – Kevin Rudolf
  9. Don’t Stop Me Now – Queen
  10. Sheer Heart Attack – Queen
  11. Let’s Turn it On – Freddie Mercury
  12. Iron Maiden – Iron Maiden
  13. Push It – Salt & Peppa
  14. I’m So Excited – The Pointer Sisters
  15. Eye of the Tiger – Survivor
  16. Anything by Eisbrecher, Oomph! and Rammstein
  17. Wildest Dreams – Iron Maiden
  18. You and I – Lady Gaga
  19. Run to the Hills – Iron Maiden
  20. Rocky 4 Soundtrack
  21. RESPECT – Aretha Franklin
  22. Ace of Spades – Motorhead
  23. Hot Rockin – Judas Priest
  24. The Fire Burns – Killswitch Engage
  25. Barracuda – Heart
  26. Pedal to the Medal – Kazzer
  27. Because I’m Awesome – The Dollyrots
  28. Combat Disco Music – Apparatjik
  29. Don’t Stop Believin – Journey
  30. Under and Over It – Five Finger Death Punch
  31. Riot – Three Days Grace
  32. I Can’t Drive 55 – Sammy Hagar
  33. We Will Rock You – Queen
  34. Anything by Beastie Boys
  35. Wasted Generation – Steel Dragon
  36. Highway Star – Deep Purple
  37. Reach for the Sky – Firehouse
  38. It’s Raining Men – The Weather Girls
  39. Not Afraid – Eminem
  40. Lose Yourself – Eminem
  41. Walk – The Foo Fighters
  42. My Own Worst Enemy – Lit
  43. Just a Girl – No Doubt
  44. Suite Madam Blue – Styx
  45. Crystal Ball – Styx
  46. Miss America – Styx
  47. Pork Chops & Gravy – The Ink Spots
  48. I’m Shipping Off to Boston – Dropkick Murphys
  49. Nightrain – Guns N Roses
  50. Bad to the Bone – George Thurogood
  51. She’s Got the Jack – AC/DC
  52. Who Are You – The Who
  53. Welcome to the Jungle – Guns N Roses
  54. Kickstarts – Example
  55. Green Light – Roll Deep
  56. Rock Party Anthem – LMFAO
  57. Wild Side – Motley Crue
  58. Kickstart My Heart – Motley Crue
  59. Rock This Town – Stray Cats
  60. Anything by Sam Cooke
  61. Higher – Creed
  62. Disney Matterhorn ride yodel music
  63. Don’t Stop Me Now – Queen
  64. Chapel Song – We Are Augustines
  65. Porkchop Sandwich – ZZ Top
  66. Unbreakable – Pride of Lions
  67. Speedway at Nazareth – Mark Knopfler
  68. Wasted Years – Iron Maiden
  69. The Swiss national anthem
  70. Possum Kingdom – Toadies
  71. Tubthumping – Chumbawumba
  72. Speed Racer – Alpha Team
  73. Life in the Fastlane – Eagles
  74. The Distance – Cake
  75. The Final Countdown – Europe
  76. Just Couldn’t Tie Me Down – The Black Keys
  77. Aeroplane Blues – The Black Keys
  78. Far Beyond Driven – Pantera
  79. Blame it on the Alcohol – Glee Cast (for the cooldown)
  80. Country Girl Shake it for Me – Luke Bryan
  81. Loca Loca – Shakira
  82. The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner – Iron Maiden
  83. Anything by Slayer
  84. Anything by Pantera
  85. Gypsy Lullaby – The Screamin’ Cheetah Wheelies
  86. That’s Right – Lyle Lovett
  87. Guitar Hero – Amanda Palmer
  88. Short Dress Gal – Carolina Chocolate Drops
  89. Real Wild Child – Iggy Pop
  90. Tough it Out – Webb Wilder
  91. Song #2 – Blur
  92. School’s Out for Summer – Alice Cooper
  93. Jesus Built My Hotrod – Ministry
  94. Black Magic Woman – Santana
  95. Le Disko – Shiny Toy Guns
  96. The Cities Alive – Rosehot
  97. Thunderstruck – AC/DC
  98. Stand My Ground – Within Temptation
  99. Control – Mute Math


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HVM Racing Statement Regarding Dan Wheldon

October 16, 2011 Leave a comment

The following is a statement from HVM Racing Owner, Keith Wiggins:

“The IndyCar community – drivers, teams, fans – arrived at the track today to compete and celebrate a championship. Instead, we lost one of the sport’s best. Dan Wheldon was a champion on the track and a great ambassador for the sport. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Dan’s family.

It’s in moments like this that you witness the strength of the IndyCar community. Even though we compete against each other week after week, it’s like we’ve lost a member of our own family. We’ll go forward into the 2012 season by reflecting on the great memories we have of Dan Wheldon.”


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HVM Racing Kicks Off an Action-Packed Weekend at Las Vegas

October 16, 2011 Leave a comment

October 14, 2011 – Las Vegas, NV – Simona De Silvestro and her HVM Racing team have arrived in Las Vegas for the IZOD IndyCar Series World Championships. With any luck, the season finale will be the culmination of what has been a high-profile season for the team.

De Silvestro and the rest of the stars of the IZOD IndyCar Series arrived in Vegas on Wednesday to kick-off an entire weekend of events. Some of the highlights include concerts, parties, charity blackjack tournaments and unforgettable moments, like Thursday night’s closing of the famed Las Vegas Boulevard for a few parade laps.

Fans were invited to experience the fun at the racetrack as well. On Thursday and Friday, the cars were on track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, preparing for Sunday’s race. The first two practice sessions went well for HVM Racing, with De Silvestro finishing P3 on Thursday and running over 222 miles per hour both days. Even though they did not have a good qualifying run and will start 30th, De Silvestro is looking forward to an exciting season finale.

“I’m a little disappointed with the qualifying run, but I think the Nuclear Clean Air Energy car is really good in traffic,” said the Swiss driver. “We have some work ahead of us as we try to advance positions but we’ve done it before and I’m confident in what we can do. The track is pretty fun – it should definitely be a good show for the fans to end the season.”

The IZOD IndyCar World Championship at Las Vegas will take place on Sunday afternoon at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Pre-race activities will begin at 12 p.m. local time and the telecast of the 200-lap competition will be broadcast on ABC.

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Simona’s Las Vegas Hide-and-Tweet

October 4, 2011 34 comments

As Simona prepares for the IZOD IndyCar season finale race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, she decided to check out the area and get familiar with the attractions. She has four pairs of race tickets/paddock passes to give away to the people with the highest number of correct guesses as to which attractions she’s visiting.

You can either tweet your answers to @HVMracing or enter your guesses below as a comment. Entries will be accepted until 12 a.m. ET. and winners will be announced via twitter tomorrow (Wednesday, October 5). Good luck! Here are Simona’s clues:

  1. “I’m about to enter the famous Las Vegas strip. This attraction was created in 1959 and cost only $4,000 to build and install.”
  2. “I’m watching more than a thousand spigots of water dance to music ranging from Pavarotti to Sinatra.”
  3. “I’m attending a show that features an international cast of acrobats, swimmers, divers & characters performing in, on and above water.”
  4. “I’m in downtown Vegas, checking out a free nightly show of more than 12.5 million lights and 550,000 watts of sound.”
  5. “I’m listening to an eclectic mix of live music at this legendary location that features a capacity of approximately 1,800 people.”
  6. “I’m enjoying a South Beach ambiance! This location that offers 2 saltwater pools, 8 individual pools, cabanas & VIP bungalows.”
  7. “Let the good times roll! I’m riding the attraction that lifts you 203 feet and drops you 144 feet.”
  8. “I’m excited to do some laps here with Pork Chop and the other drivers of the IZOD IndyCar Series on Thursday, October 13.”
  9. “I’m attending this critically-acclaimed show, known to put the entire audience in a state of ‘bluephoria.'”
  10. “I’m staring up at one of the Vegas attractions. At 1,149 feet, it stands twice the height of any other building in the city.”
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Day Ends Early for HVM Racing at Kentucky Speedway

October 4, 2011 Leave a comment

October 2, 2011 – Sparta, KY – Simona De Silvestro and her HVM Racing crew had a positive outlook going into Sunday’s race at the Kentucky Speedway. Unfortunately, a series of issues ended the day early.

Throughout the race weekend, the Nuclear Clean Air Energy team worked hard to improve the car with each practice session. De Silvestro knew she was dialed in when she went out to qualify on Saturday afternoon, and put the car in P13 to start the race.

The first half of the Kentucky Indy 300 was fairly uneventful for De Silvestro and most of the field. The team planned to pit around lap 140, but brought the car in a few laps early due to a lack of fuel pressure. On restarting the car, as De Silvestro left the pits, with an overheated clutch, the car grabbed and turned her into the inside pit lane wall. After repairs, she was able to go back out for an additional few laps before the burnt clutch ended the team’s day early, putting them in P25.

“It’s obviously not the way I wanted to end this race,” said De Silvestro. “I feel like we had a solid run going. I was making passes and improving my confidence. It’s just unfortunate and I hope everyone in pit lane is okay. I’m proud of my Nuclear Clean Air Energy team for working so hard to give me a good car. We’ll keep trying and hope to bring home a good result at the season finale in Vegas.”

In two weeks, the stars and cars of the IZOD IndyCar Series will finish the 2011 season with grand fashion in Las Vegas. IndyCar has planned a plethora of activities and events for fans, leading up to Sunday’s race. The IZOD IndyCar World Championships at Las Vegas will take place on Sunday, October 16 at 3 p.m. ET. The telecast will air live on ABC.

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Simona Delivers in Kentucky with Solid Qualifying Run

October 4, 2011 Leave a comment

October 1, 2011 – Sparta, KY – Simona De Silvestro came to Kentucky with a goal to continue improving her confidence on the ovals. She accomplished that goal – and more – with her qualifying run on Saturday evening at Kentucky Speedway.

During the short race weekend on the 1.5-mile oval, De Silvestro and her HVM Racing team made the most of a packed Saturday schedule that included two practice sessions and the qualifying run. Despite only turning a few laps during the day’s first practice, the Nuclear Clean Air Energy team worked hard during the second session to give their driver a car that she was comfortable with for qualifying.

De Silvestro’s qualifying time of 216.924 puts her in P13 for the start of Sunday’s race.

“I feel very happy with the qualifying run,” said De Silvestro. “I think it’s one of the best positions – if not the best – that I’ve ever had on an oval. I think the Nuclear Clean Air Energy team did an awesome job. The car is really smooth, so it’s helping me with my confidence. I realize that the bigger challenge will come tomorrow in dealing with traffic, but the car has been pretty comfortable all day today, so overall I’m really happy.”

De Silvestro will aim for a solid result on Sunday as she and the other drivers of the IZOD IndyCar Series compete in the Kentucky Indy 300, starting at 2:45 p.m. ET. The 200-lap race will be broadcast live on Versus TV, with pre-race activities beginning at 2 p.m.

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