The Swiss-born de Silvestro ran last weekend's season-opening Verizon Indy Car Series race at St. Team owner Michael Andretti said he was hoping to add her for the Indy 500, and on Thursday announced she'll drive the No. Andretti won the race last year with Ryan Hunter-Reay, and will field cars this season for Hunter-Reay, Marco Andretti, Carlos Munoz, Justin Wilson and de Silvestro.
De Silvestro left Indy Car last season to become a test driver in Formula One, but her funding package fell apart and she's trying to put together a return to full-time Indy Car racing.
One, in particular, I'm uber excited about not only because I am a woman, but because she's doing what no woman has done before. She joined Andretti Autosport to compete in the 2015 Indy Car series, where she become FIA Formula E Championship race series' first full-time female driver.
Simona De Silvestro, a Swiss native, has a history in racing, dating back to 2002 where she won multiple races in Karting: second place in the Trofeodelle Industria in Parma, Italy, fifth in the Winter Cup at South Garda karting track in Lonata, Italy, seventh in National Swiss Championship, thirteenth in the Kart-Cup in Monaco, and second in the Bridgestone Cup. At the Atlantic Championship, Team Stargate Worlds, Simona was the first woman in history to have earned the most wins, poles, and led the most laps in a single season. Simona has raced in the Indy Car Series for the past few seasons and was a former Formula 1 test driver. 28 Amlin Andretti ATEC-01 all-electric racing machine for Andretti Formula E Team in its second season of competition in the FIA Formula E Championship.
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Hopefully we can be pretty competitive and share in some good results.”The returning Russell will begin his 7th enduro campaign with the team (dating back to when it was known as Kelly Motorsport).On Friday, April 1, we'll sit down with Simona in Long Beach, CA, and discuss a bit about communication while racing—between herself (the driver) and the engineers. The next day, Saturday, April 2nd, Simona will race in round 6 of the FIA Formula E Championship. To use this website, cookies must be enabled in your browser.To enable cookies, follow the instructions for your browser below.Her nicknames are the "Iron Maiden" and "Swiss Miss." She raced for Newman Wachs Racing's Nuclear Clean Air Energy-Entergy team in the Atlantic Championship in 2008 and for Team Stargate Worlds in 2009.