Simona
de Silvestro

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Simona started and finished 3 races in 2015, with one top five and one top 10.

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Bio


Name: Simona de Silvestro
Pronunciation: Simona (Suh-Moan-Uh); De Silvestro(Dee Sil-Veh-Stroh) Nationality: Swiss and Italian
Date of Birth: 9/1/1988
Place of Birth: Thun, Switzerland
Hometown Geneva, Switzerland, Italy
Residence: Scottsdale, Arizona
Height: 5’7’’
Weight: 150lbs
Favorite Circuit: Road Atlanta, VIR
Favorite Driver: Michael Schumacher
Hobbies: Golf, Tennis, Wake Boarding, Music, Karting, Fitness
Ambition: Champ Car or Formula One driver
Pronunciation: Simona (Suh-Moan-Uh) De Silvestro(Dee Sil-Veh-Stroh)
When she was young, Simona de Silvestro’s future looked to include anything but motorsports, especially because racing had been banned in her native Switzerland since 1955.

But de Silvestro exceled at every sport she’s played growing up. She won her first ski race when she was 3 years old, was a top regional fencer and played championship youth tennis. So it wasn’t a surprise that she took to racing quickly, winning her first kart race.

"When I was a baby, my dad says I was quiet only when I watched Formula 1 on TV," she said. "When I was 4, he did a go-kart demonstration, but I couldn't reach the pedals, so I cried the whole day. By the time I was 9 or 10, I knew that racing was what I wanted to do, and my whole life has been about it. Driving open-wheel race cars has always been my goal. I really never had anything else in my head."

De Silvestro spent her early career honing her racing skills in European karting and junior formula series while racing under the Italian flag. In 2006, she crossed the Atlantic Ocean to pursue her open-wheel racing dreams.

From success in the Formula BMW USA championship and the Atlantic Championship, de Silvestro joined the IZOD IndyCar Series in 2010 and was runner-up in Rookie of the Year standings.

Snippets


2015

Simona is entered in the 2015 Indy 500 race

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Simona is back from F1 driving number 25 for Andreeti. She finished her first race of 2015 in the 18th spot. Welcome back, Simona!

Before 2015


Simona ran in the top six for all but six of the 90 laps in race 1 at Houston, finishing behind winner Scott Dixon of Target Chip Ganassi Racing. Danica Patrick (win at Twin Ring Motegi in 2008, runner-up at Homestead-Miami Speedway and Texas Motor Speedway in 2010) and Sarah Fisher (2000 at Kentucky Speedway) are the only other females to record an IndyCar Series podium finish. In race 2, she started at 17th and finished in the top 10.

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Simona started in the 24th spot and was involved in an incident on the 69th lap, ending her day in the 24th spot at Milwaukee.

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Simona qualified 21st at Baltimore but because she, once again, got docked 10 spots on the grid because of the quality and competitiveness of Lotus engines, so she started in 25th (last place). She finished 22nd after clipping the wall after the bumpy chicane.. Good, old underpowered, gas guzzling Lotus engines.  

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Simona started in 22nd at Mid-Ohio and finished 23rd.

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De Silvestro Qualifies 23 for Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio

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Simona started in 25th at Edmonton and finished 23rd. The Lotus was the last car running.at the end of the race.

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De Silvestro qualified in the 21st place but was moved back and started in last place (25th) because they started with an up-dated Lotus engine. The engine lasted 9 of 85 laps. Lotus obviously isn't spending the time nor money on their IndyCar program compared to all of their other racing programs, especially their F1 program and Rallye programs. Why does IndyCar continue to allow this embarrasment go on?

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De Silvestro Qualifies 21st at Honda Indy Toronto but because of the rules on new engines, she ends up starting in last place (25th). Nine other drivers also received penalties prior to the start of the race.

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Simona gridded 22nd at Iowa of 25 drivers and finished in the 14th spot - in a Lotus.

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Simona gridded 23rd of 25 drivers but went out on lap 62, ending up 24th.

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An Early Night for Simona at Texas Motor Speedway

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Simona, driving the only Lotus in the field of 24 Hondas and Chevys, started 25th at Detroit and worked her way up to 13th by the finish.

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Lotus HVM Racing Exits Indy 500 Earlier Than Hoped

Simona gets screwed because of bad decisions that IndyCar make keeping Lotus in the "competition". PLEASE, IndyCar, allow the remaining Lotus driver's to move to an engine manufacturer who can give them a real chance to race. Why penalize drivers and teams who trusted IndyCar that they would have well prepared rides. She got in 10 laps and finished 32, where she started. http://bit.ly/KncwTq 

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Simona qualified 32nd for the 96th running of the Indy 500.

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Simona De Silvestro Announces Winner of Charity Helmet Design Contest.

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Simona started 21st again this week at San Paulo and finished 20th.

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Lotus HVM Racing Better at Barber. Simona started 21st again this week at Barber and finished 20th.

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Simona started 21st at St Pete and went out early in the race, finishing 24th.

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At the first IndyCar race of the season Simona De Silvestro got stuck in traffic during qualifying. Unable to get a clean lap, she will start tomorrow's Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg on the outside of row 11.

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Simona had a good two days of testing in the new Lotus IndyCar at Sebring and heads for Barber Motorsports Park looking for more progress before the first race of the season March 25 at St. Pete.

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Lotus Shakedown & Testing a Success.

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Simona de Silvestro finishes the IndyCar year ranked 20th.

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HVM Racing Kicks Off an Action-Packed Weekend in Las Vegas

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Simona de Silvestro was gridded 13th at Kentucky and finished in 25th. but holds onto the 20th slot in the standings with one race to go.

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Simona de Silvestro was gridded 13th at Kentucky and finished in 25th.

 

Simona de Silvestro was gridded 26th at Indy Japan and finished in 14th.

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Simona de Silvestro was allowed back in the country and gridded 10th at Baltimore. She led a lap and finished in 12th.

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Simona de Silvestro led Sunday's pre-race warmup in Baltimore, but it was Tony Kanaan's brake failure and big crash that made the headlines.

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Issues with U.S. Customs and Border Protection kept regular driver Simona de Silvestro in Switzerland, and not in the Sonoma race.

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Simona started 26th at New Hampshire and finished in 16th.

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Simona started 14th at Mid-Ohio and finished in 12th.

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Simona gives teen the ride of a lifetime.

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Simona gridded in 16th at Edmonton and went out on lap 54 of 80 finishing in 24th.  

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Simona was the fastest woman in qualifying at Toronto and started 17th. She finished in the top 10.

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 Simona did not start the race at Iowa.

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Simona will start 26th in the Milwaukee 225 after crash on second warm-up lap of her qualifying run. She finished 25th after 58 laps with handling problems.

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Race 1 Simona qualified 29th and finished 26th at Texas, 3 laps behind. Race 2 she drew spot 22 and finished 27th, 3 laps behind. Just wondering how much of this was the car and how much of it was her hands.

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Simona qualified as the top woman in this year's Indy500 and did it with second degree burns on her hands. She clipped the wall early in the race and was forced out with handling problems.

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De Silvestro's goal: 'Get back in car quickly'

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Simona is gridded 18th of 27 cars for the Long Beach Grand Prix.

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Simona De Silvestro started 13th at Alabama. She worked her way up to 7th. Someone spun in front of her and she avoided hitting him but killed the engine and dropped to 19th. She worked her way back up to 9th by the 77th lap and held that position where she finished. She is currently tied with Scott Dixson for 4th in points after two races.

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Simona De Silvestro started 17th and finished fourth in St. Petersberg after having a number of chance to pass Tony Kanaan for third. Tony was using his Push to Pass and Simona wasn't. She ended the race with 13 PTPs left.

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Congrats to IndyCar Rookie of the year 2010 Simona De Silvestro for picking up a three-year sponsorship with Entergy, the second-largest owner/operator of nuclear energy plants.

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Award-winning Simona de Silvestro back with HVM for 2011 IndyCar Series.  

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 In the final race of the 2010 IndyCar series, Simona started 25th and ended 23rd. She ecumulated enough points in her 17 races to finish 19th of 41 racers for the season.

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Simona started 19th at Kentucky, had contacat on lap 78 of a 200 lap race and finished 25.

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Simona started 11th on the Sonoma grid, was doing well again this week until EJ Viso knocked her off the track from behind. By the end, she had worked her way back up to 13th.

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Simona gridded 10th at Mid-Ohio, and was in 8th at the end of the first lap, holding that position until lap 25 when she pitted, coming out in 7th place. She held that spot until moving up one on lap 44. She moved up to 4th during pit stops , dropped back to 7th, Raphael Matos passed her on lap 75 dropping her to 8th where she finished. She moved up to 18th over all in the standings.

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Simona started 7th at Edmonton, and was in 6th at the end of the first lap, holding that position until lap 40 when Ryan Hunter-Ray passed her. I believe she was bumped off the track by E.J. Viso on lap 49 which dropped her to 19th. By lap 74 she had worked her way back up to 12th then 11th on lap 81. On lap 88 it appears that she lost power and that was it for the day placing her in 22nd at the finish. She's currently 19th over all in the standings.

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De Silvestro starts season-high 7th at Edmonton.

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Simona started 21st at Toronto and finished as the top rookie in 9th place. She stands 19th overall.

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Simona De Silvestro suffered a minor burn on her right hand when the No. 78 Team Stargate Worlds/HVM Racing car made contact with the SAFER Barrier exiting Turn 2 on Lap 99 at Texas. See scary YouTube

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Simona was gridded 14th at St. Pete, got up to 4th and was clipped by Graham Rahal, dropping her back to 16th where she finished a lap down.

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Simona is gridded 14th at St. Pete in front of Danica Patrick (gridded 21st) and Milka Duno (gridded 24th). The race was rain delayed and rescheduled for Monday, March 29th at 10am EST.

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Simona, who won four times and finished third in the Atlantic series last season, will race a full Izod IndyCar Series schedule in partnership between HVM Racing and Team Stargate Worlds.

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 By finishing second at Lagua Seca, 21 year old Simona would clinch the Atlantic She finished 3rd in the series.

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Second-year driver Simona De Silvestro won the Atlantic race on the streets of Long Beach, the day after Danica Patrick became the first woman to win a major open wheel race. Simona's best finish last season was 7th. Her next race is Houston, April 27. The Swiss racer is the only woman among the 22 entries.

One of Auto Week's "Five of the fastest women you will ever meet"

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Second-year driver Simona De Silvestro is once again entered to drive the No. 34 entry for Newman Wachs Racing in the Atlantic Series. The Swiss racer is the only woman among the 22 entries.

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Simona was involved in a first lap accident in her first Mazda MX-5 race - Round 8 (and final round) at Miller Motorsports Park, Tooele, Utah. She had been gridded 7th in the 30 car field.

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Champ Car Atlantic standout and one of the top female racers in the country Simona will complete in Round 8 (and final round) of the Mazda MX-5 Cup at Miller Motorsports Park, Tooele, Utah, Saturday, September 15.

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Simona started 17th at the San Jose Grand Prix July 29th and finished 10th out of 25. She is currently 18th in the standings. The final race of the season is scheduled for August 11-12 at Road America.

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Simona finished 4th in Round 9 and 10 of Formula BMW at the San Jose Grand Prix. July 29-30, 2006. She holds 3rd over-all, one point behind Matt Lee. Next up, the Grand Prix of Denver, August 11-13, 2006

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Simona had two third-place finishes in support of the US Grand Prix and is the first woman ever on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway podium. She is the most successful female driver in Formula BMW worldwide as she stands fourth in the Championship points after Round 8 out of more than 30 drivers.

Racing Background:

2015

2014 - Contract dispute with a Formuola 1 team

2013

  • Finished 13th in IndyCar Series standings for KV Racing Technology.
  • Recorded career-high second-place finish at Houston 1 preceded by fifth place at Baltimore.
  • Posted career-best start of third in opener at St. Peterbsurg.
  • Overall, had nine top-10 finishes -- nearly doubling her total from previous three years.

2012

  • Finished 24th in IndyCar Series standings for HVM Racing.
  • Recorded best finish of 13th at Belle Isle.

2011

  • Finished 20th in IndyCar Series standings for HVM Racing.
  • Recorded career-best fourth-place finish in season opener at St. Petersburg and posted three top 10s overall.

2010

  • First start IndyCar series: March 14, 2010 (Streets of São Paulo, Brazil)
  • Finished 19th in IndyCar Series standings for HVM Racing.
  • Recorded two top-10 finishes, with a best of eighth at Mid-Ohio.
  • Started season-best seventh at Edmonton.
  • Named Chase Rookie of the Year for 14th-place finish at Indianapolis.

2009 - De Silvestro joined Team Stargate Worlds for the 2009 season and had a solid start to the year with a fifth-place performance after starting eighth in the Sebring season opener… In her second Atlantic visit to Utah’s Miller Motorsports Park, De Silvestro had a history-making weekend. She started the weekend by joining Danica Patrick as the only women in series history to qualify on the pole. She led every lap in the race en route to the second Atlantic victory of her career, and stands alongside Katherine Legge as the only women to win races in series history… De Silvestro had an outstanding weekend in the doubleheader at New Jersey Motorsports Park. In the first race of the weekend (Round 3 of the season), De Silvestro started and finished second. She started from the pole position in the second race and led every lap en route to her second victory of the season. The triumph moved her to the top of the championship standings… De Silvestro kept her hot streak going in Round 5 at Lime Rock, taking the pole position in rainy conditions during qualifying and leading every lap in the race en route to her second consecutive victory and third of the season. The win enabled her to extend her lead in the championship standings to 17 points (89-72) over John Edwards and Jonathan Summerton. De Silvestro became the winningest woman driver in Atlantic history with her third victory of the season and the fourth of her career at Lime Rock Park. That ended at Laguna Seca and she ended up third in the series.

2008 - De Silvestro came out of the box quickly in her second season of Atlantic competition, becoming the second woman in series history to win a race when she took the season-opener after starting second at Long Beach in her debut with Newman Wachs Racing. She earned a total of four top-five results and eight top-10 finishes en route to eighth in the final championship standings.

2007 - As a rookie in the Atlantic Championship, De Silvestro earned two top-10 results and scored championship points in nine of 12 races en route to 19th in the point standings with Walker Racing.

2006: Completed her first season in the Formula BMW USA championship collecting a victory at Lime Rock, six podiums and eleven top-10 finishes en route to a fourth-place finish in the overall point standings. Scored two third-place finishes at the U.S. Grand Prix and made history by becoming the first woman to ever earn a podium result at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

2005: Finished 21st in the Formula Renault 2000 Championship in Italy.

2004: Raced in the French Formula A Championship and finished 15th overall.

2003: Earned a second-place finish in the Trofeo Industria Parma, finished fifth in Wintercup Lonato and was third in Primavera Lonato.

2002: Finished seventh in the Swiss Championship, 13th in Kart-Cup Monaco and second in the Bridgestone-Cup Switzerland.

2001: various karting races

2000: 1st in Western Switzerland Championship

1999: 3rd in Western Switzerland Championship, 13th in Swiss Championship

1998: 4th in Western Switzerland Championship

Career Highlights

  • Signed with Newman Wachs Racing (Paul Newman and Eddie Eachs) for part of the 2008 Atlantic Championship season.
  • Simona became just the second woman to win in the 34-year history of the Atlantic Champsionip winning the 2008 season opener at Long Beach. It was her first win and came the same weekend that Danica Patrick had her first Indycar win in Japan.
  • Signed with Walker Racing in November 2006 to compete as a rookie in the Atlantic Championship
  • Collected one win, six podiums and eleven top-ten finishes in 2006, her rookie season in the Formula BMW USA series
  • Became the first woman to ever earn a podium finish at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway with a pair of third-place FBMWUSA results at the 2006 U.S. Grand Prix

2015 Race & Results

Start
Finish
Laps
Status

Date

Track

Mar 29

Streets of St. Petersburg, FL 1.8-mile street course

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18
110/110
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Apr 12

NOLA Motorsports Park, Louisiana 2.74-mile track

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47/47

Running

May 24

Indianapolis Motor Speedway IN, 2.5-mile oval

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19
200/200
Running

Source: www.indycar.com/Series/IndyCar-Series/Simona-De-Silvestro

Photo Gallery

Photos: San Jose Grand Prix, July 27-29, 2007 by Gordon Clay

Photos: San Jose Grand Prix, July 29-30, 2006 by Gordon Clay

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