IndyCar - HVM Qualifying Report
Las Vegas, October 15, 2011: Simona De Silvestro and her HVM Racing team have arrived in Las Vegas for the IZOD IndyCar Series World Championships. With any luck, the season finale will be the culmination of what has been a high-profile season for the team.
De Silvestro and the rest of the stars of the IZOD IndyCar Series arrived in Vegas on Wednesday to kick-off an entire weekend of events. Some of the highlights include concerts, parties, charity blackjack tournaments and unforgettable moments, like Thursday night's closing of the famed Las Vegas Boulevard for a few parade laps.
Fans were invited to experience the fun at the racetrack as well. On Thursday and Friday, the cars were on track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, preparing for Sunday's race. The first two practice sessions went well for HVM Racing, with De Silvestro finishing P3 on Thursday and running over 222 miles per hour both days. Even though they did not have a good qualifying run and will start 30th, De Silvestro is looking forward to an exciting season finale.
"I'm a little disappointed with the qualifying run, but I think the Nuclear Clean Air Energy car is really good in traffic," said the Swiss driver. "We have some work ahead of us as we try to advance positions but we've done it before and I'm confident in what we can do. The track is pretty fun - it should definitely be a good show for the fans to end the season."