This is where, in a normal blog, I would list a bunch of statistics that would compare her first three seasons to the first three seasons of drivers like Helio Castroneves, Tony Kanaan, and Ryan Hunter-Reay in order to support my claim. But unfortunately for Simona, it's hard to generalize her Indycar career based off her stats. As listed above, she never had a legitimate chance to succeed in her first three seasons. Not to say other great drivers have walked into Indycar with elite teams and what not, but Simona has had it rougher than most.
Following St. Petersburg, we finally see what Simona can do with a great car and engine. Now, I know it was only one race, but she was straight balling on every level on Sunday and in a majority of the sessions. She qualified third, ran up front all day, and got pipped at the line by Scott Dixon, taking the top five away from her. But given all that happened last year, I don't think she'll complain after a P6. She did the last five laps on absolutely shot (option) tires, after they degraded from a long stint.
|Simona at St. Pete (Photo: Chris Trotman / Getty Images North America)|
We all know about Simona's past: Having a Fred Flinstone type car at HVM for three years, three horrendous crashes at Texas, Milwaukee, and the worst one being at Indianapolis, and the Lotus is 2012 destroying any chance at a decent run in the championship.
And lets stop comparing her to Danica. That is kind of getting annoying because she isn't anything like Danica off and especially on the track. I say we start comparing her to drivers in her league. Maybe Will Power, Scott Dixon, and Dario Franchitti to name a few. She is that good.
It's not if she wins. It's when she wins.