In a bit of a surprise to us here at Openpaddock.net, Simona De Silvestro secured a full-season ride in the IZOD IndyCar Series with HVM Racing.
In a collaborative effort with HVM Racing, Team Stargate Worlds will enter the 2010 IZOD IndyCar Series with driver Simona De Silvestro. Known as Team Stargate Worlds/HVM Racing, the team will carry primary sponsorship from Stargate Resistance and associate sponsorship from Bernard Richards Manufacture (BRM), FireSky, Cheyenne Mountain Games, and Cardinal Technologies. De Silvestro and the # 78 entry will also lead the Do Not Text “N” Drive campaign which is designed to increase public awareness about the dangers of texting while driving.
I say this is a bit of a surprise not because of Simona’s skill, but because of a lot of the news we’ve been hearing regarding Simona’s sponsor and what we’ve heard from the league have been less than positive. As we reported just one week ago, the primary sponsor of US Racetronics, the team that has fielded Simona in the Atlantics championship for the past couple of seasons, filed for bankruptcy in Arizona after firing their CEO. The game development company Cheyenne Mountain Entertainment produces the first title in the Stargate universe, Stargate Resistance, and is in the process of developing the MMORPG Stargate Worlds. To be sure, filing bankruptcy doesn’t preclude an advertising spend, but it does make spending those advertisement dollars on sponsoring a racing team a much tougher sell. We’re very happy that Simona didn’t lose her funding due to the corrupt actions of others. The other rumors that lead us to believe that Simona wouldn’t be able to join the IICS was that the league was wanting Simona to race a year in the Firestone Indy Lights series in order to gain more oval experience. Thankfully, that mandate was lifted (if it was ever in place to begin with) and the way was cleared for Simona to finally get her shot at the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race.