Indy 500: Who Is Simona De Silvestro and Why Should We Care About Her?

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Indy 500: Who Is Simona De Silvestro and Why Should We Care About Her?
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Simona de Silvestro

The history of women at the Indianapolis 500 dates back to 1977 when Janet Guthrie became the first woman to qualify for the race. Women have become more commonplace at Indy in recent years, and one of the women attempting to make the 2011 Indy 500 is second-year driver Simona de Silvestro. Here’s a look at the driver from Thun, Switzerland—a land where auto racing was banned for 52 years.

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