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|A crew filming "IndyCar 36'' followed Simona de Silvestro around at the track, the garage and even a steakhouse.|
I just got back from driving in the Itaipava Sao Paulo Indy 300 in Brazil and am getting started with practice at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the Indy 500, but I wanted to say how much fun I had filming “IndyCar 36’’ while in Brazil.
|Simona de Silvestro finished eighth in Brazil but wished she'd come in for a splash of fuel toward the end.|
Sean Belby, the producer, and his crew followed me all around during race weekend in Brazil getting shots of me on and off the track. It was a little weird at first -- I kept looking over my shoulder like you do when you feel like someone is following you -- but I finally got used to having them around and really enjoyed it. They caught up with me as soon as I stepped off the elevator Saturday morning and tagged along for breakfast and then out to the garage before a pretty busy day of on-track activity.
Brazil is different from most of our other races because the hotel is inside the track, and all of the teams stay there. They serve us three meals a day, and we don’t usually leave the hotel very often, but on Saturday night I had dinner at a local Brazilian steakhouse with my dad, my manager and my PR person. The IndyCar 36 crew was waiting when we arrived; I’ve never had someone film me eating so much.
I missed the guys Sunday morning at breakfast but found them waiting for me in the garage all ready to follow me on my favorite day of the week: race day! We had a good race, but I think we might have been able to finish better if we’d come in for a splash of fuel when Hinch (James Hinchcliffe) did. He won the race, and we finished eighth.
Even though I didn’t get my first podium, I did have a ton of fun during the last stint of the race when we weren’t saving fuel, and I was able to push hard. I passed several cars and probably would have gotten past a couple more if we had a few more laps.
All in all it was a really fun weekend, and I enjoyed getting to know Sean, Matt (the director of photography), Brandon (our camera operator) and Nate (the audio guy). I can’t wait to see how it all turns out. It airs at 11:30 p.m. May 23 on the NBC Sports Network.