Lotus News Article

INDYCAR – IOWA CORN INDY 250

Monday, June 25, 2012 - 14:30
Silvestro at Iowa Corn Indy 2012IndyCar and rain don’t mix, and after a long delay the Iowa Corn Indy 250 got going at 9:45pm under yellows. In a race filled with crashes, spins, and caution flags, Lotus driver Simona de Silvestro recorded her second best result of the season with a 14th place finish. The Lotus HVM Racing Team has struggled on ovals this season and was excited to get their first oval finish of the season.

Many cars had issues throughout the evening, but Simona pushed hard and managed to stay out of the debris during all 250 laps. Even though she was down on power, and that’s crucial on an oval, she was still able to keep up with the pace.

Simona de Silvestro: “I’m pretty happy with 14th, that’s our second best finish this year, and it was on an oval. I think there was a lot of survival going on out there, but I think we had a really strong race car. It was really comfortable out there so I could stay in the tow of other people. A big thanks to the team. Even when we know it’s going to be a tough weekend we always hope for the best. I think today we had a pretty good result at the end. Hopefully we’ll get some improvements for the road courses and start sneaking into the top-ten.”
 
Keith Wiggins, team owner: "I think we should be quite happy. Bottom line is Simona did a great race. She got some more confidence and practice on the oval. Obviously we were down on power so she suffered a bit in traffic, but with the momentum when she was up to speed and we were doing the same lap times as most of the field, which is really good.”