Thursday, July 22, 2010

Rookie Simona DeSilvestro's Best Finish in IndyCar

photo credit: Dan Helrigel IndyCar

Toronto, ON - Canada -

Switzerland’s Simona de Silvestro bounced back from a mistake at Watkins Glen to have her best finish, ninth, in her rookie year in IndyCar. After difficult start in the weekend, fighting an ill-handling car, Simona avoided the wrecking and was joyous after the race at the Honda Toronto Indy.

“It was a hard race,” the Indy 500 rookie of the year said smiling in the pits, accepting a hug from her father, Pierluigi, and congratulations from the team. “We started way back (21rst). I think we had a great strategy. I think the middle stint was really good too we were pretty quick; we were catching people.

I think it’s a great recovery for us. We started pretty bad to end up the race we had is really positive. If we think the about it we can start up front (next week in Edmonton) the team did an awesome job I think me and the engineers asked a lot from the mechanics.”

Her Dallara Honda looked pretty clean but she noted “yeah I had a couple of close calls. PT (Paul Tracy) almost ran into me and some other people spun in front of me. Especially the first yellow; we’d start and then there’d be a huge crash. The point was keeping our nose clean I think that’s what brought us forward, so I’m happy about.”

Writer's note - Yes, it's been more than a year since my last blog. I thought some of my tweeps would be interested in Simona's progress. One of my outlets is Speedweek, in Switzerland, so I have been following her progress since Formula BMW.