Simona Earning Elite Status

Simona de Silvestro, the gal who has never had a fair shot in Indycar, is now a legitimate title contender in her fourth season in the IZOD Indycar Season with KV Racing. Based off of his tweets and interviews with the media, Tony Kanaan, Simona's teammate at KV, sees the greatness in Simona and the potential she has. After St. Petersburg and Spring Training, this has all been confirmed: Simona is an elite driver.

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 De Silvestro Simona de Silvestro of Switzerland, drives the #78 Nuclear Entergy Areva KVRT Dallara Chevrolet during practice for the IZOD IndyCar Series Honda Grand Prix of St Petersburg on March 22, 2013 in St Petersburg, Florida.
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.

-Matthew Hickey