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Full speed ahead for Simona de Silvestro

Originally Published: May 21, 2011
By Brant James

INDIANAPOLIS -- Simona de Silvestro was trying to explain how she'd been unable to mentally and emotionally process the last 48 hours when the pitched voice of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway track announcer grabbed her attention.

"Ryan Briscoe trying to bump Simona!"

The 22-year-old from Switzerland had sustained second-degree burns on the backs of her hands and fingers in a fiery wreck during a Thursday afternoon practice for the Indianapolis 500. Cleared to practice the next day ...

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