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Friday, March 22, 2013
I can't wait to get back in the car

By Simona de Silvestro

Simona de Silvestro
Simona de Silvestro got to visit family and friends in her native Switzerland at the Geneva Auto Show in early March.

Since our test in Italy with Dallara, we’ve done a couple here in the U.S. We tested at Sebring and Sonoma and had our first official test in Barber with all the cars, and it went really well. Everybody’s kind of pumped to get the season started. It’s been a lot of work during the offseason, a lot of training. I really can’t wait to get into the car.

I went to the Geneva Auto Show in the beginning of March. That was a really cool experience, to be at home in Switzerland and to be with Chevy there. I got to present the new Spark EV. I drove the car onto the stage, which was a lot of fun. I also got to see all of my friends and my parents. It was nice to be at home for a little bit before the craziness starts in St. Petersburg.

I flew down to Florida on Saturday to hang out with one of my sponsors. I was hoping to play some golf, but it rained a lot and my arm was a little sore from Barber, so I just chilled and watched a few movies instead. I did get to caddie one day and saw an alligator in the water that was next to the course. You don’t see that everywhere, that’s for sure.

We also did a few things earlier this week in Gainesville with the energy company AREVA at the University of Florida. We were there as part of the Nuclear Clean Air Energy campaign. We talked with students about the importance of STEM education and had dinner with Dr. Peter Lyons, who is the assistant secretary for nuclear energy at the Department of Energy. It was educational and fun.

I’m really excited to be getting back in the car for the start of the season this weekend in St. Petersburg. I think we’re going to have a good season, and I’m really looking forward to it.