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De Silvestro Looking Forward To Inaugural Event
Indianapolis, Indiana (April 8, 2010) - With the Honda Grand Prix at St. Petersburg in the history books and the ensuing 2 week break coming to an end, Team Stargate Worlds/HVM Racing driver Simona De Silvestro returns to competition for this weekend's inaugural Indy Grand Prix of Alabama Presented by Legacy Credit Union at Barber Motorsports Park. This marks her third career IZOD IndyCar Series start. With 2 races under her belt the young Swiss driver is hoping for a strong finish this weekend.
While Barber Motorsports Park may have never hosted an IndyCar Series race, De Silvestro and team are familiar with the scenic natural road course. Back in February of this year, she was one of the many IndyCar drivers who participated in the series 2-day Open Test held there. During that test De Silvestro and her No. 78 Stargate Resistance Honda Dallara machine logged 106 laps and used the opportunity to gather valuable feedback and experience. She now looks forward to putting it all to use this weekend.
The race will be presented live at 3 p.m. (ET) on VERSUS and will also air live on the IMS Radio Network, XM channel 145 and Sirius channel 211. Followers can also log on to www.indycar.com and follow the race via live timing and scoring along with a live video feed.
Simona De Silvestro- Driver No. 78 - "I'm really excited about getting back in the car again. This will be the first time that I am racing at a track where I have previously tested at. When we were here last we did pretty well and we gained a lot of valuable data. It's a track with a lot of elevation changes so it will be a fun race. This weekend we will keep developing the car and working very hard. I think we can leave here with a very good result there if all the pieces come together."
Keith Wiggins -HVM Racing Owner/ Team Principal - "I am sure the weather will be much more enjoyable than at the test. Another positive is that we have actually tested here, so although the relevance for the chassis testing will be different with such different temperatures, Simona knows the track for the first time this year. So we are looking to continue building on our strong performances so far but with the difference that we want a strong finish to show for it. Let's hope no one else spoils it again!."
Imran Safiulla -Team Stargate Worlds Team Principal - "This will be an inaugural race for IndyCar at Barber. We have had the luxury of having tested at the facility. Simona has had a chance to get familiar with the circuit and as a team we were comfortable with the progress we made there. We hope to continue the evolution of our program and have a productive weekend."