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De Silvestro Qualifies 23 for Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio

Lexington, OH (Saturday, August 04, 2012) - Lotus HVM Racing driver Simona De Silvestro was in the first qualifying group today at the Honda Indy 200. De Silvestro had a one-day test at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course just prior to the Toronto race. The team had hoped the data gathered at the test would help with this weekend's performance. While the track conditions were vastly different, the team still had a good jump on their setup for the weekend. Unfortunately, the straightaway speed differential couldn't be overcome for today's qualifying.
"Qualifying was the same as how it's been going, which is not good because we're always starting in the back," De Silvestro said. "But, I think we have a strong race car. We worked really hard to make that happen. We'll see what happens tomorrow in the race. It's disappointing because everybody is working so hard and we can't really do anything right now."
Team sponsor AREVA and their guests were on hand to lend support for the #78 Nuclear Clean Air Energy car. Guests met Simona after qualifying and offered their encouragement.
Team owner Keith Wiggins looked at the positive side of the day. "We were fastest through one sector and top five in two others of the track," he said, "so we'll take that as a positive and focus on the race. We have to take what we've got and do the best we can with it."
Technical director Tom Brown focuses as well on what the team has managed to accomplish. "Once again we maximized what was within our control," he said. "The car is good, we gapped well and Sim made the best of what she had. It's tough given the situation we are in but we always work to get the best out of everything. Tomorrow the forecast calls for a chance of rain. Let's hope it happens."
Regardless of the weather, the Lotus HVM Racing team will do their best with any opportunities given them. The team intends to use strategy and De Silvestro's aggressive driving style to move up through the field for a strong finish.
Be sure to tune in for tomorrow's Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio at 1:00 p.m. ET on ABC.
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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