Simona de Silvestro is a Swiss race car driver, famous for competing in the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship with Kelly Racing in the No. 78 Nissan Altima L33. She has previously driven for Amlin Andretti in the 2015/16 season of the FIA Formula E Championship as well as several years competing in the IndyCar Series. Her nicknames are the “Iron Maiden” and “Swiss Miss.”
Simona De Silvestro recently announced that she will not be on the Supercars grid in 2020 following a three-year stint as a full-time driver with Kelly Racing.
Women Fitness President joins the racing sensation for a conversation about her love for speed and what the future holds for her.
You won the Atlantic race at the 2008 Grand Prix of Long Beach, making you the second woman to win in that series – after Katherine Legge – and providing NWR with its first win. Tell us what attracted you towards auto racing as a career, if you were to sum up in a few words?
Simona De Silvestro:
What attracted me towards racing is, I think it really comes from my dad to be honest, he has a car dealership in Switzerland and he always enjoyed cars, always liked watching racing on TV so yeah kind of grew up around this and when I was four, he went for car demonstrations in the dealership and I really wanted to try but my feet didn’t reach the pedals so I cried the whole day to try to get my first go-cart and then when I was six I finally got my first go-cart. I think what really attracted to me was just really cars in general and speed as well, I really liked to speed as a kid when I was skiing and things I got so those were really the things that attracted me to motor racing.
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