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Long Beach Result Not on Track with Successful Season for Simona

April 19, 2011 Leave a comment

Long Beach, CA – April 17, 2011 – It wasn’t the race that Simona de Silvestro was hoping for. Despite kicking off her sophomore season with back-to-back, top-ten finishes (a career-best fourth at St. Pete and ninth at Barber), the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach didn’t follow the same track.

“This was a tough race,” said de Silvestro. “We struggled a little bit from the start, and then PT punting us didn’t really help. It was pretty annoying.”

Early in the race, an aggressive move from Paul Tracy left de Silvestro sitting in the hairpin. Not allowing that to deter her, she completed the race in a consistent manner and indicated that this was a learning experience.

“Moving forward, I think we have some work to do based on this weekend,” she said. “The guys did a good job with all the changes we threw at them and they were really proactive. That was good but we just didn’t quite find it this time.”

Now she’s focused forward.

“I’m excited for Brazil,” she said. “The biggest goal is going to be unloading a fast car. We’ve learned a lot here and at St. Pete too, so we’ll take a mix of that, go to Brazil with it and I’m sure we’ll do fine.

Simona de Silvestro will look to resume her successful season in two weeks as the IZOD IndyCar Series heads to the streets of Brazil for the Itaipava Sao Paulo Indy 300 presented by Nestle on Sunday, May 1, 2011.

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HVM Racing Notes & Quotes: Long Beach

April 14, 2011 Leave a comment

Driver: Simona de Silvestro

Car: #78 Nuclear Clean Air Energy

Primary sponsor: Entergy Nuclear

Event title: Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach

Location: Streets of Long Beach, California

Track: 1.9-mile temporary street circuit

Practice sessions: Friday, April 15 from 10-11 a.m. and 2:25-3:25 p.m.; Saturday, April 16 from 10:25-11:25 a.m.

Qualifying: Saturday, April 16 from 2:30-3:50 p.m.

Race: Sunday, April 17 from 1:30-3:30 p.m. (airing on Versus) – 85 laps

Driver quote:

“We’ve only had a couple days to get the cars turned around, so we’ve been pretty busy, but I’m really happy to be here in Long Beach.

I had a pretty strong race last weekend in Barber and we had a good setup in St. Pete, so I think we can be really happy with our starting point. We’re going to do our best and the result is going to come.”

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Simona Perseveres to Ninth-Place Finish at Barber

April 14, 2011 Leave a comment

Birmingham, AL – April 10, 2011 – Coming off a tremendous, fourth-place finish at the Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, Simona de Silvestro had her sights set on another strong finish. She delivered on that goal, finishing ninth, after persevering through a trying race.

“I’m pretty happy with ninth,” she said. “I want to thank Entergy and my team for giving me a strong Nuclear Clean Air Energy car. I definitely think we could have been more up front because we had a good car and a solid run – we were saving fuel nicely.”

Just before the half-way point, de Silvestro was involved in an incident with E.J. Viso. The contact didn’t cause damage, but forced her back through the field.

“I think we could have finished in the top five,” said de Silvestro. “But unfortunately we got into an incident with E.J., and we kind of got stuck there and moved all the way back.”

Determined not to let that break her focus, de Silvestro drove smartly through the remainder of the race and finished in a bittersweet ninth place, while maintaining her standing of fourth place in the championship points.

“I think we can be happy with coming back to ninth,” she said, “but a little bit disappointed because we knew we could’ve finished way more up front.”

In one week, the IZOD IndyCar Series moves on to the Long Beach Grand Prix, where Simona de Silvestro aims to keep the positive momentum going.

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Simona Ready for Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama

April 14, 2011 Leave a comment

Birmingham, AL – April 9, 2011 – After a career-best, fourth-place finish two weeks ago in St. Petersburg, FL, Simona de Silvestro has her sights set on the podium for the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama.

Despite the first practice session being shortened by rain, de Silvestro and her crew completed two other solid sessions.

“We only did five laps in the first session, so that wasn’t great,” said de Silvestro. “But in the second session, I think we improved the car throughout the run.”

The same went for Saturday morning’s practice session. De Silvestro was optimistic about qualifying, despite being in a tough group. After narrowly missing the top six in her group, she will start Sunday’s race in P13.

“Qualifying was a little bit disappointing because our group was pretty tough, but I think we were really good,” she said. “It was definitely close, but we got caught a little bit in traffic on our good laps. That seems to be the case almost every time. But I think we’ll be alright starting 13th, and I’m sure that we’re going to have a consistent race car and a good race tomorrow.”

De Silvestro will drive the #78 Nuclear Clean Air Energy car for Sunday’s Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama, a 2.3-mile permanent road course, airing on Versus at 3:30 p.m. ET.

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HVM Racing Notes & Quotes: Barber

April 14, 2011 Leave a comment

Driver: Simona de Silvestro

Car: #78 Nuclear Clean Air Energy

Primary sponsor: Entergy Nuclear

Event title: Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama

Location: Barber Motorsports Park, Birmingham, AL

Track: 2.3-mile permanent road course

Practice sessions: Friday, April 9 from 1:20-2:35 p.m. and 4-5 p.m.; Saturday, April 10 from 8-8:20 a.m.

Qualifying: Saturday, April 9 from 9:25-10:40 a.m.

Race: Sunday, April 10 from 2-5:30 p.m. (airing on Versus)

Driver quote:

“After having such a great run in the Nuclear Clean Air Energy car at St. Pete, I’m really excited to get into the second race of the season. Here at Barber, it’s going to be tough to run up front with this field, but I’m definitely confident that we can achieve that.

When we tested here last month, we tried a variety of different things. It didn’t go as expected, but I think we’ve figured it out and we have a pretty good base to start off with.”

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