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Caution-free Race Highlights Challenges for Lotus HVM Racing

Edmonton, AB (Sunday, July 22, 2012) - Race day at the Edmonton Indy dawned bright and sunny with literally not a cloud in the sky. Although Lotus HVM Racing driver Simona De Silvestro qualified the #78 Nuclear Clean Air Energy entry 23rd, she started 25th on the grid after incurring a 10-spot penalty for an unapproved engine change.
De Silvestro was fast all day in the corners and ran very good lap times throughout the race, but lacked the speed on the straightaways to make any significant gains during the race. The Swiss driver did pull off a nice pass of the #20 Fuzzy's Vodka car on lap 17, but relinquished the spot a few laps later when she came in for a green-flag pit stop. She ultimately finished 23rd in the caution-free race that lasted less than 1 hour 40 minutes and saw only five lead changes.
The lack of yellow flags didn't work in the team's favor. "It was kind of a weird day," De Silvestro said, "no yellows so we couldn't really get off strategy. We had to make one more stop than most everybody else because our fuel consumption is pretty bad. You know, it is what it is. We had a strong race car, but we're just not fast enough right now."
Keith Wiggins, team owner, agreed that the green-flag racing hurt the team's chances. "It was a good run for the team," he said. "Clearly our lap times in the race were competitive, but unfortunately the fuel mileage, the lack of top speed and the fact that there wasn't a single yellow in the race really hurt us. We had to do an extra stop and that just makes it tough. She (Simona) did a good race and the car was fast on the corners, so we just have to keep working on the other issues."
After suffering a mechanical failure in Toronto, team manager Shane Seneviratne was pleased that the team finished today's race. "It was good to finish the race," he said. "We had decent pace but there's still the same problem. We need to keep working on our engine to try and close the gap and make the races more interesting for us".
Lotus HVM Racing next goes to Lexington, Ohio for the Honda Indy 200 Mid-Ohio on August 5. The race will air on ABC at 1:00 p.m. ET
About HVM Racing
HVM Racing was founded by Keith Wiggins and is based in Indianapolis, Indiana. HVM enters 2011 as its tenth year of competition since forming in 2001 and has earned six victories, two pole positions, and an additional 16 podiums. They earned "Indianapolis Rookie of the Year" honors with driver Simona De Silvestro at the 2010 event and since joining the IZOD INDYCAR Series in 2008, the team has earned nine top-10 finishes. HVM finished fourth and third, respectively, in the Champ Car World Series in 2006 and 2007, and earned drivers Mario Dominguez and Robert Doornbos Rookie of the Year honors in 2002 and 2007, respectively. Follow HVM Racing at, on twitter at, and on facebook at
About Lotus
Group Lotus plc, is based in Norfolk, UK, and has three operating divisions: Lotus Cars, Lotus Engineering and Lotus Motorsport.
Lotus Cars builds world class, high performance sports cars including the award-winning Evora, the iconic Elise and the stunning Exige and the road / track orientated 2-Eleven. Lotus New Era, the future product line-up, was unveiled in Paris on 30th September 2010 featuring the new Esprit, Elan, Elite, Elise and Eterne.
Lotus Engineering provides comprehensive and versatile consultancy services to many of the world's OEMs and Tier 1 suppliers and is an internationally recognised automotive engineering consultancy. Global facilities include those in the US, Malaysia, China and offices in Germany and Japan. Lotus is a global high-tech company, committed to driving forward technology for both Lotus Cars and its Engineering clients, spearheading research into such areas as hybrids, electric vehicles and renewable fuels.
Lotus Motorsport operates the motorsports activities of Lotus and includes the strategy to return the Lotus name to a great number of series including endurance racing with GT2, GT4 and LMP2, single seater racing with GP2, GP3 and IndyCar. Lotus has also returned to F1 with Lotus Renault GP from the start of the 2011 F1 racing season onwards.
For more information about Group Lotus please contact:
PR Department, Group Lotus plc, Potash Lane, Hethel, Norfolk, UK, NR14 8EZ
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About Entergy
Entergy is the second largest owner and operator of U.S. nuclear energy plants. They operate or provide management services to 12 reactors at 10 sites. Entergy Corporation is an integrated energy company engaged primarily in electric power production and retail distribution operations. Entergy owns and operates power plants with approximately 30,000 megawatts of electric generating capacity and delivers electricity to 2.7 million utility customers in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. Entergy has annual revenues of more than $11 billion and more than 15,000 employees. Follow at and; on Twitter at and www.twitter/NuclearCleanAir, and on facebook at Clean Air Energy.
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