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Lotus HVM Racing Finishes 23rd at Mid-Ohio

Lexington, OH (Sunday, August 05, 2012) - Things were looking up for the Lotus HVM Racing team this morning. The rain came and the driver of the #78 Nuclear Clean Air Energy car made the most of it. Swiss driver Simona De Silvestro posted the fourth-fastest time (01:34.8087) on the wet surface and looked good for today's race. Unfortunately for her, not only did the track dry, it was a completely green-flag race for the second race in a row limiting strategy options for the team.
"It's really disappointing," De Silvestro said. "We weren't able to use the strategy that we wanted because there weren't any yellows. It doesn't matter how hard I drive, without a yellow we can't get anywhere. We have low fuel mileage and we're down on power, so we're not competitive right now. The team is doing their best, but we're just not in a good situation."
Technical director Tom Brown was disappointed with the lack of strategy options. "Just another tough one with it going green all the way," he said. "We tried to pull some strategy, but we needed the yellows to pull it off. Strategy is one of the few tools we have in the bag and we can't use it. But, it is good to see green-flag racing all the way. Hopefully one of these days we'll get what we need."
Shane Seneviratne looked for the bright spot as well. "The biggest positive - we finished the race," he said. "We have to figure out the situation here and try to sort out things to get some power behind Simona. We need to try and make something happen during the race. When the race goes green to green we are just stuck in one position and there is nothing we can do; there is no strategy, nothing we could do to improve. We were stuck in one spot. Glad at least reliability-wise we finished the race."
The team has a couple of weeks back in Indy before heading to Northern California for the GoPro Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma on August 26th. The race will air on NBC Sports Network at 4:30 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.
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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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