Simona de Silvestro: "Determined to win "

15.05.2009: 20-year-old Simona de Silvestro from Switzerland is starting her fourth season in the USA. This weekend she is racing in her second Formula Atlantic event of the 2009 season in the Miller Motorsport Park in Tooele (Utah) with every chance of winning

20-year-old Simona de Silvestro from Switzerland is starting her fourth season in the USA. This weekend she is racing in her second Formula Atlantic event of the 2009 season in the Miller Motorsport Park in Tooele (Utah) with every chance of winning.

Simona, how were you feeling before the start of the 2009 championship?


SdS: "I've never been so motivated! This will be my third season in Formula Atlantic and I think it's the right moment to raise my game to another level. After winning a race last year and scoring several podium finishes I'd like to go for the title, and I think that's possible. I know the car and its range of set-ups like the back of my hand and the same goes for the circuits that we'll race on. So I'm determined to win!"

How have you trained for this season?

SdS: "I don't think I've ever done as much fitness training as this winter. I've tried to do everything to stack all the odds in my favour and it's already starting to bear fruit. In private testing at the beginning of March I felt more at home in the car and my times were quicker and more competitive. Sacrifices pay off!"

How did your first race go?
SdS:" I came fifth on my first outing with the team. In the testing that followed I broke the track record! It won't be long before we start racking up good results - and why not this weekend?"


How do you get on with Franky Muniz, your team-mate, better known as Malcolm on the small screen?


"We know each other well as he made his competition debut the year I arrived in the United States to race. We were both entered in the BMW Championship, and then we moved up to Formula Atlantic at the same time. We've always been racing against each other! Frankie's a really nice guy. He loves racing and he's not a bit swollen headed. When I see him I see the driver, not the actor!"

You're also a heroine in a video game thanks to your team, Stargate Worlds...


SdS:"The team's named after the famous on-line game developed by Cheyenne Mountain Entertainment. Frankie and I are part of it. Our characters are intergalactic drivers. It's an unbelievable experience as I'm projected into the virtual world!"

Don't you find it a bit tough sometimes living thousands of kilometres away from your friends and family?


"I'd be lying if I said it's easy. But that's the price I have to pay to achieve my dreams and fulfil my ambitions. Today, I'm lucky to be racing in a hotly-contested championship in which I'm on the pace, so I'm not going to complain. I've always wanted to make motor racing my profession and I'm on the point of achieving this aim.


BRIEF BIOGRAPHY

Date of birth: 1st September 1988
Place of birth: Thun, Switzerland
Nationality: Swiss/Italian
Place of residence: Phoenix, Arizona
Number of races: 78

It didn't take long for Simona's talent behind the wheel to show itself. In 2002 and 2003, she raced karts and came second in the Trofeo Industria and the Swiss Bridgestone Cup, as well as finishing seventh in the Swiss Championship. In 2004, she competed in the French Formula A Championship finishing fifteenth. The following year she moved up to single-seaters and came twenty-first in the Italian Renault 2.0 Championship.

In 2006, aged eighteen she moved to the United States and raced in her first American BMW Championship. She ended the year in fourth place overall after winning at Lime Rock as well as scoring six podium finishes and eleven top-10 placings. She saw the flag twice in the first three in the races held as curtain-raisers to the USA F1 Grand Prix, and so became the first woman to appear on the podium at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

In 2007, Simona decided to enter the Formula Atlantic Championship. She had two top-10 finishes and scored points in nine of the twelve events. The following year she finished in the top 10 on eight occasions and scored a victory at Long Beach.


-SDS -

Permanent-URL: http://www.automobilsport.com/champcar-simona-de-silvestro-switzerland-miller-motorsports-park-tooele-utah---63284.html

15.05.2009 / MaP

More News

TDS™ partners with Conquest Racing at Indy 500
15.05.2009
High-speed racing meets high-speed Internet on the track in the #34 carConquest Racing announced today that TDS Telecommunications Corp. (TDS™) has moved up to become associate sponsor on its #34 car at the 2009 Indianapolis 500.TDS, whose logo is visible on the front wing of the car driven by Alex Tagliani, is a telecommunications company pr more >>
Frédéric Vervisch Champcar Sebring races review
24.03.2009
On his racing debut in the United States, Frédéric Vervisch left a good first impression. Frédéric started the opening round of the championship from third place, but had a good start and jumpe more >>
Harald Schlegelmilch Fifth Quickest at First Atlantic Test with Conquest Racing
12.03.2009
Conquest Racing and Latvian driver Harald Schlegelmilch completed their first pre-season test yesterday, ahead of next week’s Cooper Tires Presents the Atlantic Championship Powered by Mazda season opening race. Rookie Schlegelmilch ended the two-day test at the 11-turn, 2.034-mile Palm Beach International Raceway road course by registering the fourth quickest lap in the final day’s more >>
Team Stargate Worlds Initiates First Test of the Season
04.03.2009
A little less than a week after announcing its formation Team Stargate Worlds completed its first test of the season with drivers Frankie Muniz and Simona De Silvestro. The cars made their debut at the team's home track of Buttonwillow Ra more >>
Alex Tagliani Takes Part in Endurance Karting Race
26.11.2008
Conquest Racing driver Alex Tagliani is keeping busy during the off-season. The driver, who resides in Las Vegas and who enjoys driving karts to train between racing seasons, took part in a 7&nd more >>
Max Lefevre Joins Condor Motorsports for 2009 Atlantic Championship
25.11.2008
Following a strong test at Buttonwillow Raceway last week, French driver Max Lefevre has joined Condor Motorsports for the 2009 Cooper Tires Presents the Atlantic Championship Powered by Mazda.   more >>
Muniz Ends Season Strong Matching His Best Finish, Skerlong Claims 5th in Championship
04.10.2008
Although Carl Skerlong was unable to compete this weekend due to an injury in Tuesday’s testing session, the final race weekend of 2008 in the Atlantic Championship looked to be a promising one for his teammate, Frankie Muniz. After continuing to improve all season, Frankie amazed everyone again in Friday’s race, by going one step further and obtaining not only the best qualifyin more >>
Frankie Muniz Turns Out Best Qualifying Result of Career in Season Closer at Road Atlanta
03.10.2008
Petit Le Mans Thursday, October 2, 2008 Frankie Muniz #41 PCM/Mazda/Swift/Cooper Tires Q more >>
Carl Skerlong’s Stellar Season Ends Prematurely
02.10.2008
Young American Sustains Concussion in Testing Incident With two pole positions and seven top-five finishes including his first victory, American standout Carl Skerlong’s 2008 Atlantic season has come to an end. Set to finish in the top-four in the Atlantic Championship, Skerlong suffered a concussion in a high-speed accident at Road Atlanta yesterday, while testin more >>
Skerlong Takes Winning Momentum to Salt Lake City
17.09.2008
... Hard Charging Muniz Chasing Another Top-Ten Finish   Event: Sunchaser 1000 Round: 10 of the 2008 Cooper Tires Presents the Atlantic Championship Powered by Mazda Where: Miller Motorsports Park, Salt Lake City, UT 4.5 – mile permanent road course When: September 21, 2008 at 2:30 pm MT Drivers: more >>
Skerlong’s Perfect Performance Sweeps New Jersey Debut for First Atlantic Victory
15.09.2008
... Muniz Scores Another Top-Ten After dominating every session throughout the weekend, Carl Skerlong earned his first Atlantic victory and his second pole position of the season today at the Mazda Formula X event at New Jersey Motorsports Park. It was also the first victory of the season for Pacific Coast Motorsports and the first ever victory for more >>
PCM's Carl Skerlong Scores Provisional Pole, Muniz Starts the Day Sixth Quick
14.09.2008
Mazda Formula Zoom Zoom  CARL SKERLONG, #14 King Taco/Mazda/Swift/Cooper Tires Finished 1st 1:10.802 110.692 Finished 1st 1:10.801 110.693 more >>
New Jersey Native, Frankie Muniz Excited for Home Race Debut, Skerlong Focused on Maiden Victory
13.09.2008
Event: Mazda Formula Zoom Zoom Round: 9 of the 2008 Cooper Tires Presents the Atlantic Championship Powered by Mazda Where: New Jersey Motorsports Park, Millville, NJ 2.25 – mile temporary street circuit When: September 14, 2008 at 1:00 pm ET Drivers: Carl Skerlong #14 King Taco and Frankie Muniz #41 PCM/USRT New Jersey Native more >>
David Martinez finishes seventh at Trois Rivieres
18.08.2008
David Martinez finished seventh at the streets of Trois-Rivieres in a difficult race where he started tenth. Martinez had to race with the same tires that gave him so much trouble during Saturday qualifying, and the problems continued during the race. The Mexican driver and the Forsythe/Team had no choice but to use those particular tires since they were the only ones th more >>
Bittersweet Result For Walker Racing in Trois-Rivieres
18.08.2008
The eighth round of the Cooper Tires Presents the Atlantic Championship Powered By Mazda, held in Trois-Rivieres, Canada this weekend, proved to be a bittersweet result for all three Walker Racing drivers, Canadian Kevin Lacroix and Brits Greg and Leo Mansell. Experience started to pay off for Lacroix, a Saint-Eustache, Quebec, Canada native, who started today’s Grand Pri more >>
Muniz Runs Strong for 12th, Part Failure Destroys Skerlong’s Top-Five Finish
18.08.2008
Grand Prix de Trois Rivieres The weekend was as bumpy as the track at Trois Rivieres for Pacific Coast Atlantic Drivers Carl Skerlong and Frankie Muniz. Carl finished in the top-three in both practice sessions, but just outside of the top-three in both qualifying sessions. In the race, he was forced to come into the pits under green flag conditions for a new nose, more >>
Frustrating qualifying session for David Martinez at Trois-Rivieres
17.08.2008
After qualifying provisionally on the second position on Friday, David Martinez and the Forsythe/Pettit Team ran into bizarre problems during final qualifying and the Mexican driver had to settle for the tenth spot on the grid for Sunday’s race. more >>
Walker Racing Continues Learning Curve in Trois-Rivieres
17.08.2008
Walker Racing’s pilots, Englishmen Greg and Leo Mansell, and Canadian Kevin Lacroix, continued their learning curve today. The trio battled the competitive Atlantic field in final qualifying for tomorrow’s Grand Prix de Trois-Rivieres. Hometown boy, Lacroix (#25 Uni-Select/Deans Knight Capital Management Ltd./Wasteco), topped the time charts again for the Walker Racing te more >>
Trois Rivieres Challenges Result in Disappointing Qualifying Results for PCM Drivers
17.08.2008
Grand Prix de Trois Rivieres Saturday, August 16, 2008 CARL SKERLONG, #14 King Taco/Mazda/Swift/Cooper Tires Practice 2 Finished 3rd :59.545 91.957 Qualifying 2Finished 6th 59.481 92.056 Carl on qualifying: "The last two days have been a little frustrating for me. I’ve been quick in both practic more >>
2001-2021 copyright automobilsport.com