We can't wait to show what we've got

Courtesy Simona de Silvestro

With testing limited in IndyCar this year, Simona de Silvestro put in some time in a simulator in Italy.

So far my offseason has been pretty good. Before Christmas I got a lot of training in at St. Vincent Sports Performance. I spent about two months working out there.

Over Christmas and New Year’s, I went back to Switzerland, then went to India with my parents. That was a lot of fun. I’d never been there, so it was really kind of cool to visit this country.

I got to see the Taj Mahal and Jaipur and Udaipur, which were both cool cities. The only bad thing is that I thought it would be really warm going to India, and it was pretty freezing. I think in almost every picture I’m wearing the same jacket. Overall, it was a really good experience.

After the holidays, I came back to the states for our team launch, which always happens in Baltimore at the Royal Sonesta Harbor Court hotel. It’s fun to spend time there; it’s a hotel, but it kind of feels like home, so that was nice.

It was a good way to kick off the season with Tony Kanaan, AREVA, Entergy and everybody from the Nuclear Clean Air Energy campaign getting together. We had a really nice dinner. It just feels like a big family, which I think is important.

I went back to Europe shortly after that for some simulator work at Dallara, an Italy-based racing company. I’d never been in a simulator, so it was pretty exciting. I got sick in the beginning, but then I adjusted to it.

We did a lot of work, so that was really good. It can be a good tool, especially with how we don’t have that much testing this year in IndyCar. Maybe we’re going to use that a little more.

Now I’m pretty much getting ready for preseason testing. It’s going to be busy the next couple of weeks, but I can’t wait to get back into the KV Racing Technology Chevy IndyCar. Hopefully, we’ll have some pretty fast lap times.

Everybody worked really hard on the team, as did I, and we can’t wait to show what we’ve got.