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Lotus HVM Racing Ready for Itaipava Sao Paulo Indy 300

Sao Paulo, Brazil (April 27, 2012) - Lotus HVM Racing and the #78 Nuclear Clean Air Energy car arrived in Sao Paulo, Brazil yesterday morning. Driver Simona De Silvestro has historically done well on this circuit and looks to use that knowledge to score her season best finish of the season. Having led laps here in her first race in 2010 as well as setting the fastest lap of the race in 2011, De Silvestro considers the 2.6-mile temporary street course as one of her favorite stops of the IZOD IndyCar season.
"I'm excited to be in Brazil this weekend", De Silvestro said. "I really enjoy the track. I think it suits my driving style a lot and since it's supposed to rain that should be good for us too. The team has been working really hard and I think we have a chance for a good result. It should be fun."
De Silvestro isn't the only one happy to be back in Brazil. "I'm definitely happy to be back in Brazil," said team owner Keith Wiggins. "It's one of my favorite places. We've had some good performances here and Simona certainly has had the pace here for the last couple of years. We're looking forward to being able to deliver that into a decent result as we continue to work on our project with our partners at Lotus."
Technical Director Tom Brown thinks De Silvestro has a good shot at a strong finish this weekend. "She drove a great race at Long Beach," he said. "We take that momentum, that excitement we had and even though we had an issue at the end and couldn't finish, she was quick where she needed to be quick. We had no practice and only 3 or 4 laps in qualifying but come to the race and she was right on it. We'll take that enthusiasm and drive into this race. She loves this place, so it'll be good."
Be sure to tune in when the 75-lap Itaipava Sao Paulo Indy 300 presented by Nestle airs live Sunday, April 29 at 11:00 a.m. ET on NBC Sports Network with qualifying coverage airing Saturday, April 28 at 6:00 p.m. on NBC Sports Network.
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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