Indianapolis Motor Speedway
Simona de Silvestro Shows Courage Can Be as Important as Results
Indianapolis, IN - Sunday's 100th Anniversary of the Indianapolis 500 brought a disappointing end to a month full of ups and downs for last year's Indy 500 Rookie of the Year, Simona de Silvestro, and her team at HVM Racing.
De Silvestro endured a massive crash during a week-one practice at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, injuring her hands and destroying her primary racecar. However, she overcame the odds to qualify her backup car P23 on Pole Day.
Starting the race, de Silvestro was cautiously optimistic. Her goal was as much about gaining confidence in the cockpit as it was about gaining positions. The tremendous roar from the crowd during driver introductions indicated that de Silvestro has quickly become a fan favorite. Unfortunately, contact with the wall in turn two early in the race forced her and the team to contend with several issues.
"The car sustained suspension and upright damage from an early brush with the wall," said de Silvestro. "We were able to repair the suspension, but we still had an issue with the upright. It's disappointing, but we've come a long way this month. I'm so thankful for all the work my team has done to make the No. 78 Nuclear Clean Air Energy car feel good."
Reflecting on her month at the historic racetrack and P31 finish, de Silvestro adds, "I have to thank my sponsors, team and family. They supported me through this whole process and stood by me as I made some tough decisions. Even though we didn't have the finish we were hoping for, I think we can be happy with what we accomplished this month."
In two weeks, the IZOD IndyCar Series heads to Texas Motor Speedway. De Silvestro and her team at HVM Racing aim to get back on track with a confidence-building performance and successful finish. The race will be live on Versus on Saturday, June 11 at 8 p.m. ET.