Simona Delivers in Kentucky with Solid Qualifying Run

Simona de Silvestro, HVM Racing
Simona de Silvestro, HVM Racing

Photo by: Ted Rossino

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."