Thursday, May 19, 2011


Indianapolis, IN - May 19, 2011  Shortly after taking to the track for Indy 500 praxtice on Thursday afternoon, Simona de Silvestro was involved in a tremendous crash, which injured her hands and destroyed her primary %78 Nuclean Clean Air Energy car.

After being taken to the track's medical center, the official update came from Dr. Michael Olinger, INDYCAR Medical Director:

"Simona de Silvestro is awake and alert, and being transported by ground to Methodist Hospital for further evaluation of second-degree burns to her right hand and superficial burns to her left hand."

De Silvestro was released from Methodist Hospital at approximately 5 p.m. on Thursday afternoon and another evaluation will take place on Friday morning. In the meantime, the team is busy preparing the back-up car in preparation for her return.

A press conference will take place on Friday morning at 11:15 a.m. in the Media Center at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, to include press availability and additional updates on de Silvestro's condition. 

About HVM Racing
HVM Racing was founded by Keith Wiggins and is based in Indianapolis, Indiana. HVM enters 2011 as its tenth year of competition since forming in 2001 and has earned six victories, two pole positions, and an additional 16 podiums. They earned "Indianapolis Rookie of the Year" honors with driver Simona De Silvestro at the 2010 event and since joining the IZOD INDYCAR Series in 2008, the team has earned nine top-10 finishes. HVM finished fourth and third, respectively, in the Champ Car World Series in 2006 and 2007, and earned drivers Mario Dominguez and Robert Doornbos Rookie of the Year honors in 2002 and 2007, respectively. Follow HVM Racing at, on twitter at, and on facebook at
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