Already looking ahead to March

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Simona de Silvestro finished the IndyCar season strong with top-10s in the last five races.

It’s hard to believe the season is over already. The season finale in Fontana was crazy. I got caught up in the crash where Justin (Wilson) got hurt and had to replace the front wing of the car, which put me four laps down, but other than that and two flat tires during the race, I was fine. It did feel like the longest race of my career, for sure. I don’t think I’ve ever had so many pit stops in one race.

For me, the end of the season was awesome. I managed to bring the Nuclear Clean Air Energy car home in the top 10 in all five of the last races. It was pretty incredible, actually. The team was working great together, and we had a lot of momentum after Mid-Ohio -- my first podium and my best oval finish ever. Good stuff!

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It’s been a busy off-season thus far for Simona de Silvestro, including meeting with Scouts on Monday at Aiken Technical College as part of National Nuclear Science Week.

I went straight from Fontana to Augusta, Ga., and Lynchburg, Va., for several National Nuclear Science Week activities with AREVA. I got to talk with kids from grade school to high school to college about the importance of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education. They all asked a lot of really good questions, and I was impressed.

This weekend I’m racing go-karts in New Castle, Ind. I haven’t done that in ages, and I’m really looking forward to it. I also have a couple of charity events coming up in the next few weeks; I’m going to Jeff and Karen Saturday’s “Super Bowl for Saturday’s Kids” at Pinheads bowling in Fishers, Ind., on Monday night, and then I’m off to Florida next weekend for a couple of charity golf tournaments. They should all be fun!

But my main focus now that the season is over is to get back to training. I’m going to train really hard before I go back to Switzerland for Christmas and plan to train while I’m there as well. The worst part of the off-season for me is not being in the car. I love being in the race car; it’s the place where I’m happiest. Can’t wait for March!