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Andretti Signs Simona de Silvestro

| , RacinToday.com Wednesday, March 11 2015

Simona de Silvestro will drive in IndyCar.

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Simona de Silvestro, one of only three women to have recorded a podium finish in the Verizon IndyCar Series, will drive a fourth Andretti Autosport Honda in the 2015 season-opener at St. Petersburg, Fla., later this month.

Team-owner Michael Andretti announced de Silvestro’s addition to his lineup Wednesday in Indianapolis.

“I’m very excited to be joining Andretti Autosport and to become part of a team with such a successful history,” said de Silvestro , a native of Thun, Switzlerland. “It feels really special to have been given this opportunity to drive for them. I also want to thank Michael for believing in me and I can’t wait to start working with the team. Also, I am looking forward to get back behind the wheel of an Indy car.”

The 26-year-old competed in Formula Renault 2.0 Italia, Formula BMW USA and the Atlantic Championship prior to moving to IndyCar fulltime in 2010. De Silvestro has 65 IndyCar starts on her resume, highlighted by a podium finish (Houston: Race One, 2013), five laps-led and 14 top-10 results. De Silvestro was selected the 2010 Indianapolis 500 Rookie of the Year and recipient of the Tony Renna Rising Star award.

Sarah Fisher, Danica Patrick and de Silvestro are the only women to have recorded a top-three result in IndyCar Series competition.

“We are really excited to have Simona come on-board with the team for St. Pete,” Andretti said. “She will be a great fit for the team, and hopefully we’ll be able to build on the program, eventually taking it from this race to future events and maybe even a full-season relationship. Fans should stay connected with the team to hear more about our potential future with Simona.”

The former Formula One test driver joins reigning Indianapolis 500 champion Ryan Hunter-Reay, 2014 Sunoco Rookie of the Year Carlos Muñoz and veteran Marco Andretti, who will begin his 10th season in the IndyCar Series. De Silvestro will participate in preseason testing with the team in preparation for the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg street race on March 29. ABC will provide live TV coverage at 3 p.m. (EDT).

| , RacinToday.com Wednesday, March 11 2015
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  • PhilipJames says:

    So, now it begins. The smearing of Danica Patrick in IndyCar. Andretti is starting to drop the little bits of turd to start smelling the place up.

    Yes, I agree that the more manly built Simona can wrestle the IndyCar around the tight circuits. So what?

    Turning this into one of those…. Simona compared to Danica story lines shows just how sleazy some of those in IndyCar really are.

    The FACT that having Danica in IndyCar when she first came there SAVED the league from dying. But, because she got so much attention, the fragile men in IndyCar could not take it and they actively worked against her. I watched everything from that initial Indy500 race in 2005,

    when Danica had a chance to win if she would have had just another gallon of fuel. She had the fastest car at the end but had to dial the fuel back in the last few laps.

    Did the fragile narcissistic male drivers thank her for saving their sport and bringing all those eyes back to the sport? Bringing more money to the sport? No.

    When Danica was racing for Andretti, against the two top teams of Ganassi and Penske with their 4 drivers, who won at least 75% or more of the races between them, and she came in 5th in points…. did she get any credit? No F’ing way.

    Glad she got out of that cesspool at IndyCar.

    This is just as laughable as the hateful sewer dwellers trying to promote the line that the other women in NASCAR’s lower levels were as good as Danica. My thought…. who cares? I remember an interview by Carl Edwards, one the better NASCAR drivers, where he said he KNEW better race car drivers than him, BUT, because of timing, luck, being the person he is and many other factors, he was racing in CUP and they had to give up their dreams. He said he knew he was lucky to be where he was and was grateful.

    It is more than driving skill that gets you the ride… you have to be good, but you also have to have a lot of other things go right for you too. By almost winning her rookie Indy500 race, being a female and being a US driver, Danica got the benefit of all those things. AND, the simple fact is that she is good enough to have been able to race for 7 years in IndyCar before she moved over to NASCAR….. AND she is still there.

    As for Simona, all power to her. But pure garbage for the bull crap storyline now developing in comparing Danica to her and imagine the crowing and cheering amongst the Danica haters if Simona manages to win a race…. wow, party time for the haters.

    By the way, if Michael Andretti thought Simona was so good, why did he wait until now to sign her and not a couple of years ago? Its all about the money and the PR…. nothing more. If she does not do something spectacular, watch her get the boot and quick.

    As for Michael Andretti…. well, he was mostly to blame for the awful results for the two years Danica was there after he took over Andretti. Remember how the Andretti cars were crap at Indy the first year he took over and Danica had to save Andretti Motorsports a** when she qualified at the very last second on pole day and all the other Andretti drivers had crap cars too… crap cars, crap engineers and crap management by Michael.

    Their butts were saved when IndyCar went to the brand new cars and Penske and Ganassi lost their edge for a while as everyone had to start from scratch.

    Rather than celebrating that TWO women are now at the highest levels of racing, the sewer dwellers will naturally go to the bottom of the cesspool and start comparing the two. Typical small minded morons.