Simona de Silvestro

Indianapolis IN

The Swiss native began racing career in karts in Italy. In 2004 switched to cars, racing in French Formula A and Italian Formula Renault 2000 Championships. In ’06 competed in Formula BMW USA, earning one win, six podiums and 11 top-10 finishes to place fourth in the standings and became the first woman to reach a podium at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. A Champ Car Atlantic rookie in ’07, earned two top-10s and scored points in nine of the 12 races. In ’08 had her first win at Long Beach for Newman-Wachs Racing. Went on to win four races with Team Stargate Worlds in ’09, also achieving four poles and nine podiums, making her the first woman in Atlantic series history to have earned the most wins, poles and led the most laps in a season. Switched to IndyCar in ’10 with HVM Racing. Led at Sao Paulo, Brazil, was the Indy 500 Rookie of the Year and earned the Tony Renna Firestone Rising Star Award. Placed fourth at St. Petersburg in ’11, as well as three top-10 finishes and fastest lap at Sao Paulo. With KV Racing Technology in ’13, Simona placed 13th in the IndyCar championship with a pair of top fives including a second at Houston, and a total of nine top-10s.

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