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Nuclear Advocate Simona De Silvestro Kicks Off IndyCar Series in Florida


Simona De Silvestro will drive the
No. 78 Nuclear Clean Air Energy IndyCar.
Folks, start your engines. The Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg is this Sunday, March 24, and marks the start of the 2013 IZOD IndyCar Series. NEI is proud to join member companies Entergy and AREVA in sponsoring open wheel racing’s rising star Simona De Silvestro. This season De Silvestro joins the KV Racing Technology team and sits behind the wheel of the No. 78 Nuclear Clean Air Energy Chevrolet.

A long-standing advocate of the industry, the 24-year-old racer hails from Switzerland, where nuclear energy supplies 40% of the nation’s electricity. De Silvestro’s background gives her a unique appreciation for the importance of nuclear in providing emission-free power: “Nuclear is clean, safe and reliable, and that’s what makes it a quality option for producing electricity.” Her support is energizing our future workforce too, as proven by her recent visit to the University of Florida to promote STEM education and careers.

We are excited for the series and expect a great year for De Silvestro. Be sure to tune in as nuclear shares the spotlight with the talented racer on the streets of St. Petersburg. The race airs on NBC Sports Network at 12 p.m. (ET).

Comments

jimwg said…
But how much of Simona's nuclear stance is going to be hawked to the public? I hear lots more of cartoon characters festooned on racing cars than nuclear energy. I hope her sponsors put the metal to the medal with Ads highlighting this -- unless being overtly pro-nuke might imperil her career and potential pop image. (Strange that no rock and movie stars strut nuclear on their shoulders...)

James Greenidge
Queens NY
Anonymous said…
I would think that a true supporter of nuclear power would use the number 235, 238 or 239 to identify their pro-nuke race car.

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