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Simona De Silvestro
Simona  De Silvestro
Paretta Autosport
16 Chevrolet Swiss
2020 NTT INDYCAR SERIES Silhouette - Superspeedway Configuration
Simona De Silvestro
rank
32
Career stats
Indy Car History
Championships: 0
Indy 500 Wins: 0
Total Poles
0
Race Wins
0
Birthday
Sep 1, 1988
Hometown
Thun, Switzerland
Residence
Thun, Switzerland

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 excelled 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 Verizon IndyCar Series in 2010 and was runner-up in Rookie of the Year standings.

CAREER STATS

YEAR SERIES STARTS WINS POLES TOP 5 TOP 10 LAPS LED RAF
2015 NTT INDYCAR SERIES 3 0 0 1 1 0 3
2013 NTT INDYCAR SERIES 19 0 0 2 9 0 17
2012 NTT INDYCAR SERIES 15 0 0 0 0 0 6
2011 NTT INDYCAR SERIES 15 0 0 1 3 1 11
2010 NTT INDYCAR SERIES 17 0 0 0 2 4 10
Total 69 0 0 4 15 5 47

RAF = Running at Finish

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First Start
March 14, 2010 (Sao Paulo)

NTT IndyCar Series Highlights

  • 2015
    • Made three starts for Andretti Autosport with best finish of fourth at NOLA Motorsports Park
    • Started 18th and finished 19th in the Indianapolis 500
  • 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.
    • Compiled 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
    • 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.

Simona's Road To Indy

  • 2009
    • Finished third in Atlantic Championship for Team Stargate Worlds with four wins, four poles and nine podium finishes in 12 starts.
    • Claimed wins at Utah, New Jersey2, Lime Rock and Trois-Rivieres to become winningest female driver in series history.
    • Led a series best 172 laps.
  • 2008
    • Finished eighth in Atlantic Championship for Newman Wachs Racing with a win at Long Beach, becoming the second woman in series history to win a race.
    • Earned a total of four top-five results and eight top-10 finishes.
  • 2007
    • Competed in the the Atlantic Championship with Walker racing, earning two top-10 results as a rookie.
  • 2006
    • Finished fourth in Formula BMW USA withwin at Lime Rock.
    • Recorded six podiums and 11 top-10 finishes en route.
    • Scored two third-place finishes at the U.S. Grand Prix and became 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.
  • Early Career
    • Earned a second-place finish in the Trofeo Industria Parma, finished fifth in Wintercup Lonato and was third in Primavera Lonato.
    • Finished seventh in the Swiss Championship, 13th in Kart-Cup Monaco and second in the Bridgestone-Cup Switzerland.
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