Sao Paulo, Brazil – May 2, 2011 – After a disappointing start to the Itaipava Sao Paulo Indy 300 on Sunday, Simona de Silvestro used her skills and a good car to complete the fastest lap of the race.
On Sunday, only seconds after the green flag dropped on a rain-soaked track, de Silvestro narrowly missed hitting Helio Castroneves, whose car spun in front of her. Behind her, Tony Kanaan made contact with Danica Patrick, sending Patrick’s car underneath de Silvestro’s. The #78 Nuclear Clean Air Energy car sustained, with only minimal damage to the front wing. De Silvestro wanted to continue.
“I asked the officials if I could stay in the car,” she said. “I was told it was too dangerous to get Danica out that way.”
After several other incidents on the water-logged streets of Sao Paulo, race control red-flagged the race on lap nine. The HVM Racing crew, and other teams involved in collisions, worked vigorously to repair the cars and get them back on track for a rainy restart more than two hours later. The field completed only a few more laps under yellow before the red flag fell for the second time on Sunday. League officials scheduled the restart for 9 a.m. local time (8 a.m. ET) on Monday.
Just as the race began on Monday morning, the rain started to fall, causing quite a few new incidents. De Silvestro persevered, moving up several positions and gaining a lap back by passing the race leaders at the time. She finished P20 but was awarded IndyCar’s Fastest Lap of the Race.
“We were really fast on the track today and if we didn’t have that mishap yesterday, I think we could’ve really gone forward. I definitely want to thank my sponsors at Entergy and the Nuclear Clean Air Energy campaign. Overall, we can be happy with the car and we worked hard, but it was disappointing for sure. It seemed like we caught up to the leaders pretty quickly. You never know what’s going to happen in racing, but I think we had a strong car.”
For de Silvestro and the other drivers in the IZOD IndyCar Series, it’s on to the 100th Anniversary of the Indianapolis 500. Last year, de Silvestro achieved the prestigious honor of being named the Indy 500 Rookie of the Year. On May 29, 2011, watch for her to compete for her chance to win the Greatest Spectacle in Racing.
Indianapolis, IN – April 22, 2011 – HVM Racing is proud to announce the return of its unique, all-access and widely-popular video series, Join the Ride.
First introduced during the 2009 season, Join the Ride is an insider’s look at race weekends and other interesting, upcoming events. In 2010, episode three featured Simona de Silvestro in her first race with HVM in Brazil. With Join the Ride, fans get to witness everyday events as they unfold as ‘insiders’ with the team and driver.
Three previous episodes have be produced, so this year’s newest video from the Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg offers plenty of new highlights in episode four. The team is planning additional episodes to engage fans and continue the excitement.
“It’s a great program,” says Keith Wiggins, team owner of HVM Racing. “We have had this concept with our partners at Zideo for some time now and want to progress it more frequently. It allows us to help our fans to feel closer to the action.”
Fans can access the entire Join the Ride series on the team’s website, www.HVMracing.com.