Initially announced as a one-race entry, Swiss driver Simona de Silvestro will compete this weekend in the inaugural Indy Grand Prix of Louisiana, Round 2 of the 2015 Verizon IndyCar Series.
The 75-lap race on the 2.74-mile, 13-turn NOLA Motorsports Park road course in Avondale, Louisiana will be held this Sunday.
In support of the local community, de Silvestro will be carrying Ochsner Health System’s branding and the Racing For Kids logo on the car. She will be part of Racing For Kids’ visit to patients at Ochsner Hospital for Children on April 9.
De Silvestro, the 2010 IndyCar Rookie of the Year, qualified 11th in her first Verizon IndyCar Series race since September 2013 and finished 18th.
“It’s great to get another shot in the car and improve on everything we learned in St. Petersburg,” de Silvestro said. “I’m really looking forward to being able to work with everyone again and hopefully have a better race.”
Andretti Autosport confirmed April 2 that de Silvestro would drive the team’s fifth car for the 99th Running of the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race.