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The silly season rumor mill has been working overtime lately as IndyCar’s game of musical seats cranks back to life. Since saying a week ago she’d made a mistake in leaving and wanted to come back to IndyCar with all forgiven, Simona de Silvestro’s been a hot um, topic. Speculation has swirled as many wondered where the twenty six year old from Thun, Switzerland might end up if indeed the jilted series were to take her back with open arms.
Sim’s four year run in IndyCar wasn’t earth shatteringly great but wasn’t bad either, especially considering one wasted year with the woeful Lotus “powerplant.” In sixty eight IndyCar starts from 2010-13, she recorded three top fives and thirteen top ten finishes. Her best year was her last, when she recorded a career best second place finish in Houston right after coming in fifth in Baltimore. Her only other top five was in 2011 at St. Petersburg.
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The Swiss Miss dish has been linked to at least three possible teams through the IndyCar grapevine. The first possibility is KVSH, with whom she had a previous relationship and was partnered for one season with Tony Kanaan, who’s now with TCGR. Team principle Jimmy Vasser and Simona have worked together before and the second seat could be available, or rather should be considering Sebastian Saavedra’s glaring lack of results in fifty seven races – more starts than Simona if you discount the lost Lotus year – with no top fives and only three top tens.
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Another potential team for Simona is Dale Coyne Racing, perhaps in Houston winner Carlos Huertas’ car and teamed with Justin Wilson. This scenario is conceivable because “Dollar Dale” is always looking to do things on the cheap wherever possible. Or it could perhaps even be in a third Coyne car entered at Indy and other select races. While it’s a long shot, sources say another small team with a vacant seat is also within the realm of possibility for Sim.
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However her saga and career play out, we wish Simona the very best and would love to see her back in IndyCar. She has demonstrated that she’s fearless even after suffering burns in a frightening crash, able to cope with poor equipment and highly capable of finishing up front when given the chance. We could do with more demonstrably classy, likeable and talented gals like her in the series.
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