Simona De Silvestro has become an “affiliated driver” of Sauber, and the team says it plans to prepare her for a race seat in 2015.
The 25-year-old Swiss has competed in the IndyCar series for the past four seasons.
An IndyCar season that started with so much promise for Simona de Silvestro finally delivered a payoff for the Swiss driver.
She scored the first podium finish of her career Saturday with a second-place finish in the Grand Prix of Houston, becoming only the third woman in IndyCar history to make the podium, alongside Danica Patrick and Sarah Fisher.
Scott Dixon made the opening race of the Houston Grand Prix a Penske Racing nightmare, grabbing a series-best fourth victory while slicing a huge chunk off Helio Castroneves’ lead in the IndyCar championship race.
Dixon, who entered Saturday’s race trailing Castroneves by 49 points, cut his deficit to eight points heading into Sunday’s race. A sweep of the doubleheader through Reliant Park would put the New Zealander in control headed into the Oct. 19 finale at Fontana, California.