HVM Racing Welcomes New Team Manager

February 9th, 2012       Posted in News

Indianapolis, Ind. (February 7, 2012) – Lotus HVM Racing welcomes Shane Seneviratne as the team’s new manager effective immediately. Seneviratne, former principal of US RaceTronics, has an 18 year history in Indy Lights and Atlantics, amassing multiple championships.

As part of Dorricott Racing from 1993-2004, Seneviratne was an integral part of winning championships in 1999, 2001 and 2002 with drivers Oriol Servia, Townsend Bell and Jon Fogarty respectively. The 1999 championship was highlighted by Dorricott Racing becoming the first team to achieve the top 3 positions in the Indy Lights Championship.

In late 2004 Seneviratne formed US RaceTronics to compete in the 2005 Atlantic Championship and immediately achieved success with multiple top 5 finishes. Between 2006 and 2008 success continued with 3 poles, 12 podiums and 1 win while the team consistently challenged for the championship.

In 2009 US RaceTronics teamed with Co-Team Principal Imran Safiulla to form Team Stargate Worlds. The newly formed partnership generated instant success in grooming pilot Simona De Silvestro to achieve a female record of 4 poles and 4 wins in the 2009 Atlantic Championship. In the team’s 6 year history it has garnered 5 wins, 7 poles, and 21 podiums finishes as part of the Cooper Tire Atlantic Championship Series.

Lotus HVM Racing’s team owner Keith Wiggins is confident that the transition of team managers is a win-win for everyone involved. “First of all, we would like to thank Vince for over 11 years of dedication to our organization. We also welcome the appointment of Shane as our new Team Manager. Like many of us when we progressed through our careers, he brings qualities demonstrated in the lower categories to the next level of Series with fresh determination and proven organizational and people skills, vital to our progress”.

Seneviratne is thrilled to be joining HVM Racing and eager to face the challenges of his new position. “I’m excited to be part of HVM Racing and happy to help Simona once more continue her remarkable racing career.  The new IndyCar brings new challenges to teams that have not had to be dealt with for many years. I’m looking forward to contributing to this team in overcoming these challenges, and in strengthening the great chemistry that exists within HVM Racing.”

Seneviratne fills the position vacated by outgoing team manager Vince Kremer who has accepted a new position with Firestone Indy Lights. Kremer said his decision was not an easy one. “It is with bittersweet regret that I move on from HVM Racing to pursue an opportunity with the Firestone Indy Lights series.  Having been a part of this operation since 1998 I have amassed many good memories and lifelong friendships.  I wish nothing but continued success for HVM, Simona DeSilvestro, Entergy and all of our commercial partners.  I would also like to personally express my thanks and gratitude to Keith Wiggins for giving me the opportunity to grow professionally within the industry.”

Of the HVM team having worked with Seneviratne in the past, none is more excited to be working with him again than HVM pilot Simona De Silvestro. “Shane is awesome. I’m really excited to have the chance to work with him again. We had great success together in 2009 and hopefully it will be the same here in IndyCar.”

Lotus Shakedown & Testing a Success

January 18th, 2012       Posted in News

Indianapolis, Ind. (January 17, 2012) – Lotus HVM Racing, the Lotus test team and Swiss driver Simona De Silvestro completed a successful shakedown of the new 2012 Lotus-powered Dallara DW12 on Thursday, before  beginning more in-depth testing of the 2.2 liter, twin-turbo V6 engine on Friday at Palm Beach International Raceway in West Palm Beach, FL.

After two full days of testing over the weekend and turning 300+ incident free miles in West Palm Beach, the Lotus team packed up and moved to Sebring for additional testing yesterday and today. 870 miles were run over the combined sessions.

Driver Simona De Silvestro was extremely happy with her time in the new car. “I think it was really a good four days,” she said. “We ran a lot of miles. We did a lot of laps. I’ve never spent so much time in a race car. We started tweaking on the race car just to see what it liked. It was a really positive test and to be part of the first laps on the Lotus engine… I learned so many things right there. These guys have been really open and showed me everything and we worked really well together which was really cool. I can’t wait to get back in the car again.”

De Silvestro isn’t the only HVM Racing member that was happy with the results of the testing. “We’re very satisfied with the way everything went,” said team manager Vince Kremer. “I feel like we made good solid strides. Simona put some solid laps in and the engine ran flawlessly. We exceeded what our original parameters were and we’re looking forward to the next test in a few days. I can’t emphasize enough how well the collaboration with the three teams and the engine supplier went.”

Lotus IndyCar Manager Olivier Picquenot was equally pleased with the initial testing. “This was the most successful test I have ever participated in,” he said. “We achieved more than I expected. The quality of the engine is perfect. We’re very pleased from a technical aspect on behalf of Lotus and Judd. I would like to thank Simona for her fantastic job during the 4 days. She was smiling all the time and was very good at giving feedback to the engineers to progress in our development. .Hopefully the rest of the tests will be as successful.”

As the first driver of the three team collaborative group (HVM Racing, Dreyer & Reinbold Racing and Bryan Herta Autosport) working with Lotus to develop the new engine, Simona will have her next opportunity to drive the car again in February.  Lotus test drivers Alex Tagliani and Oriol Servia will share driving responsibilities with Simona in the scheduled tests in February and March. Simona will be present to join her engineers and team members at the upcoming tests in Homestead and again in Sebring.

For additional information, please contact Trish Donovan at tdonovan@hvminc.net.

 

Nuclear Clean Air Energy IndyCar #78 Announcement

November 17th, 2011       Posted in Homepage Feature, News

HVM Racing Partners with Lotus for 2012

November 17, 2011 – Indianapolis, IN – HVM Racing, owner of the #78 Nuclear Clean Air Energy sponsored car driven by Simona De Silvestro, is proud to announce its partnership with Lotus, world-renowned sportscar manufacturer, for the 2012 IZOD IndyCar Series.

In 2012 all IndyCars will drive a new design for cars on the Series. The new chassis is designed to be safer than the old model, which had been used since 2003. With a new chassis in 2012, each team has the opportunity to choose a new engine manufacturer.

The iconic, British-based company was the obvious choice for Keith Wiggins, HVM Racing team owner. He has known the companies involved for many years through his racing background in Europe, winning in all categories, including Formula 3000 and competing in Formula One.

“Once it was apparent that Lotus would produce an engine, it was a clear decision for us to run with them,” said Wiggins. “I have great respect, confidence and enthusiasm in the product they will produce. Being the first INDYCAR team to commit reflects this and being an integral part of the Lotus development process is important to the re-establishment of HVM as a leading team, this time in the IZOD IndyCar Series.”

Group Lotus Director of Motorsports Operations, Miodrag Kotur, echoed the sentiment on the emerging partnership of Lotus and HVM Racing.

“We are delighted to be partnering with such a well-established and ambitious team as HVM,” Kotur said. “We’re pleased that HVM has shown such faith in Lotus at the start of a new chapter of our commitment to the IZOD IndyCar Series. We have been working tirelessly on our engine program since we announced our intention to produce a newengine. We believe that our efforts will pay dividends as the numbers that are coming from our testing are extremely encouraging.”

Lotus HVM Racing will continue its prominent partnership with Entergy Nuclear and the mission of the Nuclear Clean Air Energy campaign. After a high-profile 2011 season, the partnership will continue to increase awareness and expand Entergy’s  national education initiative about nuclear energy through the 2012 and 2013 seasons.

About HVM Racing
HVM Racing was founded by Keith Wiggins and is based in Indianapolis, Indiana. The 2012 season marks its eleventh year of competition since forming in 2001. Since its inception, HVM Racing has earned six victories, two pole positions, 22 podiums, 40 top-five finishes and 97 top-tens. The team also earned “Indianapolis 500 Rookie of the Year” honors with current driver Simona De Silvestro in 2010. HVM finished fourth and third, respectively, in the Champ Car World Series in 2006 and 2007, and earned drivers Mario Dominguez and Robert Doornbos Rookie of the Year honors in 2002 and 2007, respectively. HVM Racing can be found online at www.hvmracing.com. Follow the team on twitter at www.twitter.com/HVMracing and on facebook at www.facebook.com/HVMRacing.

About Lotus
Group Lotus plc, is based in Norfolk, UK, and has three operating divisions: Lotus Cars, Lotus Engineering and Lotus Motorsport. Lotus Cars builds world class, high performance sports cars including the award-winning Evora, the iconic Elise and the stunning Exige and the road / track orientated 2-Eleven. Lotus Engineering is an internationally recognised automotive engineering consultancy. Global facilities include those in the US, Malaysia, China and offices in Germany and Japan. Lotus, as a global high-tech company, is committed to driving forward technology and spearheading research into hybrids, electric vehicles and renewable fuels. For more information about Group Lotus please contact: Tel: +44 (0)1953 608264; email: pr@lotuscars.com

About Entergy
Entergy is the second largest owner and operator of U.S. nuclear energy plants. They operate or provide management services to 12 reactors at 10 sites. Entergy Corporation is an integrated energy company engaged primarily in electric power production and retail distribution operations. Entergy owns and operates power plants with approximately 30,000 megawatts of electric generating capacity and delivers electricity to 2.7 million
utility customers in Arkansas , Louisiana , Mississippi and Texas . Entergy has annual revenues of more than $11 billion and more than 15,000 employees. For more information: www.entergy-nuclear.com and www.NuclearCleanAirEnergy.com; on Twitter at @NuclearCleanAir, and on facebook at www.facebook.com/NuclearCleanAirEnergy.

Entergy Nuclear and Women Impacting Public Policy: Addressing Energy Issues

November 4th, 2011       Posted in Homepage Feature

Women Entrepreneurs Hear a Nuclear Message

Washington D.C. – The afternoon topic was energy as women entrepreneurs from around the country gathered at the 2011 Women Impacting Public Policy Annual Conference. Dan Turton, Entergy vice president for federal government affairs, represented the nuclear perspective sitting on a panel with other energy experts.

 
 “Yes, Fukushima set back the nuclear industry yet the facts have not changed,” Turton said to a room full of women entrepreneurs. “Our challenge as a country is to reduce carbon emissions while providing affordable, reliable and safe power. Nuclear is still the only player that fulfills all of these criteria while building energy independence for our country.”

 
 John Herron, Entergy Nuclear CEO and chief nuclear officer, welcomed WIPP members at the opening reception and introduced Simona de Silvestro as the featured guest for this conclave of women leaders. De Silvestro drives the #78 “Nuclear Clean Air Energy” IndyCar and was the 2010 Indy 500 Rookie of the Year. De Silvestro moved and inspired the crowd relating the story of her near-fatal crash at a 2011 Indianapolis 500 practice-round and her steps to persevere.

 
   “I wasn’t sure at all that I could go on and drive again. With support from my family, team and sponsors, I knew I had to move forward one step at a time. Women are faced with challenges every day in running businesses. For me, I knew I was born to be a race car driver and that I had to get back behind the wheel to achieve my dream.”
 Entergy Nuclear is a national sponsor of the E3 program for Women Impacting Public Policy – Entrepreneurs, Energy and Environment. Entergy provides briefings to the WIPP energy committee and is presenting a series of energy national webinars for WIPP members from September through December 2011.

 
 Nuclear Clean Air Energy is a national education initiative to broaden awareness of the benefits of safe, clean, affordable and reliable nuclear energy. The #78 Nuclear Clean Air Energy car brings visibility to the initiative that also includes Power Path, a nuclear energy curriculum for middle and high schools; National Nuclear Science Week; and relationships with national organizations that promote science, technology, engineering and mathematics to students with a focus on careers in the sciences.

 
 Entergy Corporation is an integrated energy company engaged primarily in electric power production and retail distribution operations. Entergy owns and operates power plants with approximately 30,000 megawatts of electric generating capacity, and it is the second-largest nuclear generator in the United States. Entergy delivers electricity to 2.7 million utility customers in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. Entergy has annual revenues of more than $11 billion and approximately 15,000 employees.

 
 Women Impacting Public Policy is the voice for women in business in our nation’s capital.  WIPP is a national nonpartisan public policy organization that advocates for and on behalf of women-owned businesses in the legislative processes of our nation, creating economic opportunities and building bridges and alliances to other business organizations.

Women and Electricity: Entergy Nuclear and Women Impacting Public Policy Team Up to Educate

October 29th, 2011       Posted in News

Jackson, Miss. – Women are the energy decision makers and want the U.S. to move toward clean energy. But awareness gaps cloud their understanding of the connection between electricity sources and clean air. Research findings and new issues such as Fukushima will be topics discussed throughout the month of December in a series of national webinars, the first of which is titled, “Women & Electricity: What Women Know and Want to Know.”

 
The E3 program – Entrepreneurs, Energy and Environment – a national education initiative of Women Impacting Public Policy, offers an extensive curriculum focused on sustainability, government policy and innovation opportunities as they relate to women-owned business. Entergy is presenting an energy series of national webinars for WIPP members that is also available to non-members.

 
“Women have a huge stake in our nation’s energy future and can play a vital role in moving our country toward clean sources of electricity, such as nuclear, wind and solar that do not pollute the air we breathe or contribute to global warming,” said Barbara Kasoff, president of WIPP. “With so much resting on the energy and environment policy decisions we make today, every woman’s voice counts. We are very pleased to present this energy series as part of our E3 program.”

 
Women business owners are at the forefront of leading America toward energy conservation and clean energy. On both of these measures, women business owners are even more committed to clean energy than the general female population. They are also more aware of nuclear energy’s clean-air benefits—that it is not a cause of global warming and releases no air pollution—than women as a whole, and they are more supportive of nuclear energy than the general female population.

 
December offerings of the E3 program are (http://www.entrepreneursandenergy.com/):
• Women & Electricity: What Women Know and Want to Know; Thursday, Dec. 1, at 2 p.m. EST/11a.m. PST; presented by Kelle Barfield, Vice President-Advocacy, Entergy
• Innovation in the Energy Sector; Thursday, Dec. 8, at 2 p.m. EST/11 a.m. PST; presented by John Mahoney, Manager-Business Development, Entergy Nuclear
• What Women Need To Know About Nuclear Safety; Dec. 15, at 2 p.m. EST/11 a.m. PST; presented by Natalie Wood, Design Engineer, Entergy’s River Bend Nuclear Station
 

Entergy supports the E3 program as one part of the Nuclear Clean Air Energy national education initiative. The goal of the initiative is to broaden awareness of the benefits of safe, clean, affordable and reliable nuclear energy. Entergy sponsors the #78 Nuclear Clean Air Energy IndyCar driven by 2010 Indy 500 Rookie of the Year Simona De Silvestro bringing national and global visibility to the initiative. Other elements of the educational IndyCar driven by 2010 Indy 500 Rookie of the Year Simona De Silvestro bringing national and global visibility to the initiative. Other elements of the educational effort include Power Path, a nuclear energy curriculum for middle and high schools; promotion of  educational events during National Nuclear Science Week; and relationships with national organizations that promote science, technology, engineering and mathematics to students with a focus on careers in the sciences.
 

Entergy Corporation is an integrated energy company engaged primarily in electric power production and retail distribution operations. Entergy owns and operates power plants with approximately 30,000 megawatts of electric generating capacity, and it is the second-largest nuclear generator in the United States. Entergy delivers electricity to 2.7 million utility customers in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. Entergy has annual revenues of more than $11 billion and approximately 15,000 employees.
 

Women Impacting Public Policy is the voice for women in business in our nation’s capital.  WIPP is a national nonpartisan public policy organization that advocates for and on behalf of women-owned businesses in the legislative processes of our nation, creating economic opportunities and building bridges and alliances to other business organizations. For more information: http://www.EntrepreneursandEnergy.com/ and http://www.wipp.org/.

Entergy Chief Nuclear Officer Inspires and Drives Message During “All Things Nuclear at UNLV”

October 24th, 2011       Posted in News

Jackson, Miss. – The #78 “Nuclear Clean Air Energy” IndyCar on the University of Las Vegas campus drew students and attention to day-long activities of the Howard R. Hughes College of Engineering hosting Entergy Nuclear CEO, President and Chief Nuclear Officer John Herron, IndyCar driver Simona De Silvestro along with other national notables. The focus was on STEM – Science, Technology, Engineering and Math – education and the accomplishments of women in STEM fields. The result was an inspiring day with students who heard about current issues, possible future career paths in nuclear engineering and accomplishments of women in science. 

Following meeting with doctoral students on cutting-edge research projects in the field of health physics, UNLV President Dr. Neal Smatresk welcomed Herron and De Silvestro to “All Things Nuclear at UNLV.” Herron delivered a comprehensive lecture that included addressing Fukushima issues, the future of nuclear in the United States and the pressing workforce needs of the nuclear industry. De Silvestro also spoke to the student lecture noting successes and challenges in her career to date before signing a few autographs.

“Right now I employ about 7,000 nuclear workers. In the next couple of years I expect to lose nearly 2,500 of those professionals to retirement,” Herron said. “I’m not a betting man, but I would bet on a good, well-paying career in the nuclear energy industry.”
 

Herron outlined the projected national and global growth for nuclear power and stated, “All forms of green energy sources need to be cultivated as part of a national energy platform. While things like solar and wind are a part of this plan, nuclear is critical to provide the safe, clean affordable and dependable base load electricity for our country’s increasing electricity needs. No other energy source can compete on all of those aspects at once.”
 

Herron also provided welcoming comments at the evening program that recognized and honored women STEM educators on the UNLV campus and in southern Nevada. Andy Miller Elementary School teacher Sharon Pearson was honored for her lifelong dedication to educating Nevada’s school children through STEM inspired programs like the Jason Project. Former Nevada first lady Sandy Miller was on hand to honor Pearson, as was school principal Dr. Ann Grisham and Director of K-12 Science, Foreign Language and Health Programming Mary Pike.
 

The highlight of the evening was the presentation by Dr. Ruth Sime, “The Lise Mitner Story.”  Mitner was the only woman on the team that discovered fission and, although playing a lead role and being the contemporary of scientists such as Albert Einstein, never received credit or Nobel Prize mention for this significant scientific discovery. Sime is the author of the biography on Mitner and Professor Emerita in Chemistry at Sacramento City College. The biography is award-winning and was published in 1996.                       

The events were held on October 13 at the UNLV Science and Engineering building and were hosted by the colleges of science and engineering as well as the Harry Reid Research Center. The lecture and presentation were provided as part of Entergy’s national education initiative, “Nuclear Clean Air Energy.”
 

Nuclear Clean Air Energy is a national education initiative to broaden awareness of the benefits of safe, clean, affordable and reliable nuclear energy. Entergy Corporation is an integrated energy company engaged primarily in electric power production and retail distribution operations. Entergy owns and operates power plants with approximately 30,000 megawatts of electric generating capacity, and it is the second-largest nuclear generator in the United States. Entergy delivers electricity to 2.7 million utility customers in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. Entergy has annual revenues of more than $11 billion and approximately 15,000 employees.
 

Located at the University of Nevada Las Vegas, the Howard R. Hughes College of Engineering provides research and academic programs to more than 1,600 undergraduate and graduate students. With more than 70 full-time faculty, and six departments, the college’s goals are to provide a quality undergraduate learning experience, integrate research and education and to enable partnerships with the private and public sectors.

Living Classrooms and Nuclear Clean Air Energy Team Up in Baltimore

September 9th, 2011       Posted in News

Simona De Silvestro Races for Good Causes

Baltimore, Md. – Simona De Silvestro put on quite a show for the IZOD IndyCar fans, her sponsors and the city of Baltimore during the inaugural running of the Baltimore Grand Prix.

The weekend started with a heartfelt evening raising funds for The Living Classrooms Foundation, a Baltimore educational and job skills training program that reaches and teaches at-risk youth with “learning by doing” instruction.

“It was special to meet some of the students and hear their stories first-hand,” said De Silvestro. “This is one way that the Nuclear Clean Air Energy effort reaches beyond the race track to impact the lives of young people. That’s a really good feeling.”
 
De Silvestro and her HVM Racing team first visited the city of Baltimore in January where they announced a three-year partnership with Entergy Nuclear to promote the Nuclear Clean Air Energy national education initiative. For the inaugural 2011 Baltimore Grand Prix, AREVA, the global leader in nuclear energy, came aboard as an associate sponsor. “With AREVA, Entergy is proud to support educational efforts like the Living Classrooms Foundation,” said John Herron, president, CEO and chief nuclear officer of Entergy Nuclear. “It is important to our industry and to our country to reach out to students. Nuclear
Clean Air Energy is doing that across the country and we are happy to have the chance to make a difference in Baltimore,” Herron remarked.

Through the “Make an Impact” program hosted by Entergy and the Pew Center on Global Climate Change, AREVA purchased carbon offsets to equal the amount released by the race car for the entire the 2011 season. This carbon offset gave fans even more to cheer about during the Baltimore Grand Prix.

De Silvestro impressed and entertained her sponsors on what she’s referred to as what feels like her “home track.” The Swiss driver qualified at the tenth starting position and moved up through the field to even lead the race for one lap. Unfortunately, fuel strategy was the name of the game. Because of excessively long yellow-flag laps, the mid-pack teams were able to conserve just enough fuel to finish the race. De Silvestro, despite a perfectly-executed race, finished in Position 12.
 
“Honestly, I’m a bit disappointed in where we finished,” said De Silvestro, “but the Nuclear Clean Air Energy car was really good. We were able to gain positions every time we tried. The track is a lot of fun and such a physical track for a driver, but I like it. Plus, the support from my sponsors this weekend was amazing. I hope they had as much fun as I did!”

 
About Living Classrooms Foundation
Living Classrooms Foundation is a non-profit organization providing hands-on education and job skills training for students from diverse backgrounds, with a special emphasis on serving at-risk youth. Living Classrooms uses community revitalization projects and other challenging learning environments, and a low staff-to-student ratio with “learning by doing” education programs to augment the applied learning of math, science, reading, history, economics, and ecology. www.livingclassrooms.org

About HVM Racing
HVM Racing was founded by Keith Wiggins and is based in Indianapolis, Indiana. The 2011 season marks its tenth year of competition since forming in 2001. Since its inception, HVM Racing has earned six victories, two pole positions, 22 podiums, 40 top-five finishes and 97 top-tens. The team also earned “Indianapolis 500 Rookie of the Year” honors with current driver Simona De Silvestro in 2010. HVM finished fourth and third, respectively, in the Champ Car World Series in 2006 and 2007, and earned drivers Mario Dominguez and Robert Doornbos Rookie of the Year honors in 2002 and 2007, respectively. HVM Racing can be found online at www.hvmracing.com. Follow the team on twitter at www.twitter.com/HVMracing and on facebook at www.facebook.com/HVMRacing.

About AREVA
AREVA provides its customers with solutions for low-carbon power generation in North America and all over the world. As the leader in nuclear energy and a significant, growing player in the renewable energies sector, AREVA combines U.S. and Canadian leadership, access to worldwide expertise and a proven track record of performance. Sustainable development is a core component of AREVA’s strategy. Its more the 5,000 U.S. and Canadian employees work every day to make AREVA a responsible industrial player helping to supply ever cleaner, safer and more economical energy to the greatest number of people. AREVA Inc. is headquartered in Bethesda, Md. Visit us online at http://us.areva.com or follow us on twitter at www.twitter.com/AREVAinc.

About Entergy
Entergy is the second largest owner and operator of U.S. nuclear energy plants. They operate or provide management services to 12 reactors at 10 sites. Entergy Corporation is an integrated energy company engaged primarily in electric power production and retail distribution operations. Entergy owns and operates power plants with approximately 30,000 megawatts of electric generating capacity and delivers electricity to 2.7 million
utility customers in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. Entergy has annual revenues of more than $11 billion and more than 15,000 employees. For more information: www.entergy-nuclear.com  and www.NuclearCleanAirEnergy.com  on Twitter at @NuclearCleanAir, and on facebook at NuclearCleanAirEnergy.

AREVA Sponsors Nuclear Clean Air Energy Team

August 22nd, 2011       Posted in News

August 22, 2011 – Indianapolis, IN – HVM Racing and Entergy are seeing continued success in spreading the ‘Nuclear Clean Air Energy’ message on the 2011 IndyCar season as AREVA – ranked first in the global nuclear energy industry – has come on board for the Baltimore Grand Prix.

AREVA has signed on to support the Nuclear Clean Air Energy #78 IndyCar race team driven by Simona de Silvestro for the inaugural road race in Baltimore that will take place Sept. 2-4, 2011.

“As the global leader in clean energy production, AREVA understands the importance of raising awareness about the benefits of nuclear energy,” said Jacques Besnainou, CEO of AREVA Inc. “Partnering with Simona and the Nuclear Clean Air Energy team offers us a unique way to talk about our energy challenges and nuclear energy as safe, reliable and clean electricity that is powering one of five American households.”

“This partnership is also a way to promote science, math, engineering and technology education for our children – important skills for the future AREVA employees that will help design and build the next generation of energy facilities,” Besnainou added.

The sponsorship announcement gives another boost to a team that’s building new momentum on the track. As the IZOD IndyCar Series heads into three consecutive road/street courses – De Silvestro’s specialty – the Nuclear Clean Air Energy team and their rising star driver has regained their stride. The team looks to add more top-ten finishes to the three they’ve already earned this year.

This weekend, the schedule takes HVM Racing to the rolling hills of Sonoma, CA, for the Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma at Infineon Raceway. De Silvestro and her Nuclear Clean Air Energy team tested there last week, achieving impressive results.

“The car ran flawlessly after the morning fog lifted,” said HVM Racing Team Manager, Vince Kremer. In the end, she was pleased with the grip and handling of the car. The whole team is looking forward to returning here for the race.”

The Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma will take place on Sunday, August 28 at 4 p.m. ET and will be aired live on VERSUS TV. After that, it’s on to the race on the streets of Baltimore. There, HVM Racing looks to put on a great show for the fans and join forces for the first time with both energy giants – AREVA and Entergy – to continue increasing awareness of the Nuclear Clean Air Energy message.

About HVM Racing
HVM Racing was founded by Keith Wiggins and is based in Indianapolis, Indiana. The 2011 season marks its tenth year of competition since forming in 2001. Since its inception, HVM Racing has earned six victories, two pole positions, 22 podiums, 40 top-five finishes and 97 top-tens. The team also earned “Indianapolis 500 Rookie of the Year” honors with current driver Simona De Silvestro in 2010. HVM finished fourth and third, respectively, in the Champ Car World Series in 2006 and 2007, and earned drivers Mario Dominguez and Robert Doornbos Rookie of the Year honors in 2002 and 2007, respectively. HVM Racing can be found online at www.hvmracing.com. Follow the team on twitter at www.twitter.com/HVMracing and on facebook at www.facebook.com/HVMRacing.

About AREVA
AREVA provides its customers with solutions for low-carbon power generation in North America and all over the world. As the leader in nuclear energy and a significant, growing player in the renewable energies sector, AREVA combines U.S. and Canadian leadership, access to worldwide expertise and a proven track record of performance. Sustainable development is a core component of AREVA’s strategy. Its more the 5,000 U.S. and Canadian employees work every day to make AREVA a responsible industrial player helping to supply ever cleaner, safer and more economical energy to the greatest number of people. AREVA Inc. is headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland. Visit us online at http://us.areva.com or follow us on twitter at www.twitter.com/AREVAinc.

About Entergy
Entergy is the second largest owner and operator of U.S. nuclear energy plants. They operate or provide management services to 12 reactors at 10 sites. Entergy Corporation is an integrated energy company engaged primarily in electric power production and retail distribution operations. Entergy owns and operates power plants with approximately 30,000 megawatts of electric generating capacity and delivers electricity to 2.7 million
utility customers in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. Entergy has annual revenues of more than $11 billion and more than 15,000 employees. For more information: www.entergy-nuclear.com  and www.NuclearCleanAirEnergy.com  on Twitter at @NuclearCleanAir, and on facebook at NuclearCleanAirEnergy.

Simona De Silvestro Makes the Most of Granting Wishes at Mid-Ohio

August 8th, 2011       Posted in News

Lexington, Ohio – As the Honda Indy 200 began, De Silvestro’s No. 78 Nuclear Clean Air Energy car got sandwiched between J.R. Hildebrand and Tony Kanaan. The Nuclear Clean Air Energy car #78 didn’t sustain any damage, but the incident caused her to lose two positions. Lexington, Ohio – On Sunday afternoon, Simona De Silvestro persevered at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course to add another solid run to her sophomore-season record. Despite a rough start and an early pit stop incident, she was able to focus forward and cross the finish line in P12.

Later, on lap 21, De Silvestro clipped a tire that was sitting in Marco Andretti’s pit as both drivers came in for a stop and was moved back to 22nd position.
 
“Overall, we did okay today,” said De Silvestro. “At the start, we got checked up and lost a couple of positions, but the car felt good and we gained them back. I think we had a good pace, but in traffic, it wasn’t easy to make passes. I think other drivers struggled with that too.”
 
Now, she’s looking toward the rest of the season and setting new goals.
 
“We just need to improve our qualifying attempts. Last year at Mid-Ohio, we started further up front and were able to stay there. I think if the Nuclear Clean Air Energy crew has more focus on qualifying, that will really help us.”
 
The stars and cars of the IZOD IndyCar Series head to Loudon, New Hampshire next weekend for the MoveThatBlock.com Indy 225. The 13th race of the season will take place at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway, where the series hasn’t raced since 1998. Fans can catch all the action at the track on Sunday, August 14 at 3:30 p.m. EDT or on the telecast, airing live on ABC.

 
About HVM Racing 
HVM Racing was founded by Keith Wiggins and is based in Indianapolis, Indiana. HVM enters 2011 as its tenth year of competition since forming in 2001 and has earned six victories, two pole positions, and an additional 16 podiums. They earned “Indianapolis Rookie of the Year” honors with driver Simona De Silvestro at the 2010 event and since joining the IZOD INDYCAR Series in 2008, the team has earned 10 top-10 finishes. HVM finished fourth and third, respectively, in the Champ Car World Series in 2006 and 2007, and earned drivers Mario Dominguez and Robert Doornbos Rookie of the Year honors in 2002 and 2007, respectively. Follow HVM Racing at www.hvmracing.com, on twitter at www.twitter.com/HVMracing, and on facebook at www.facebook.com/HVMRacing.
 
About Entergy 
Entergy is the second largest owner and operator of U.S. nuclear energy plants. They operate or provide management services to 12 reactors at 10 sites. Entergy Corporation is an integrated energy company engaged primarily in electric power production and retail distribution operations. Entergy owns and operates power plants with approximately 30,000 megawatts of electric generating capacity and delivers electricity to 2.7 million utility customers in Arkansas , Louisiana , Mississippi and Texas . Entergy has annual revenues of more than $11 billion and more than 15,000 employees. For more information: www.entergy-nuclear.com and www.NuclearCleanAirEnergy.com;
on Twitter at www.twitter.com/@NuclearCleanAir, and on facebook at www.facebook.com/Nuclear Clean Air Energy.

Bad Luck Ruins Simona De Silvestro’s Top-Ten Run at Edmonton

July 25th, 2011       Posted in News, News Release

Simona De Silvestro was on her way to her fourth top-ten finish of the season when a mechanical problem stopped her on lap 55 of Sunday afternoon’s Edmonton Indy.
 
De Silvestro and her Nuclear Clean Air Energy crew had a rough start to the Edmonton Indy race weekend. IndyCar track activity was cancelled on Friday after a continuous rain fell over the Edmonton City Centre Airport circuit.
 
Saturday’s schedule was rearranged to include additional track time. That afternoon, the team made good progress and De Silvestro delivered a solid qualifying attempt, running in the top six for most of the session. The time fell just short with only a couple minutes left, as the #78 Nuclear Clean Air Energy car qualified P16 in Sunday’s race.
 
After several incidents during the early laps of the Edmonton Indy, De Silvestro continued to move up through the field and she came out of the team’s second pit stop in P10. Unfortunately, the car suffered a clutch failure, bringing HVM’s day to an end on lap 55.
 
“It’s definitely disappointing,” said De Silvestro. “The team worked so hard this weekend to improve the Nuclear Clean Air Energy car every time we went out on track. After our top-ten finish in Toronto, I thought we were headed toward a repeat, but that just wasn’t our luck today. So we’ll hope to do it in Mid-Ohio.”
 
In two weeks, the IZOD IndyCar Series heads to the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, OH. The Honda Indy 200, airing on Versus, will take place on Sunday, August 7 at 2 p.m. EDT.

 About HVM Racing 
HVM Racing was founded by Keith Wiggins and is based in Indianapolis, Indiana. HVM enters 2011 as its tenth year of competition since forming in 2001 and has earned six victories, two pole positions, and an additional 16 podiums. They earned “Indianapolis Rookie of the Year” honors with driver Simona De Silvestro at the 2010 event and since joining the IZOD INDYCAR Series in 2008, the team has earned 10 top-10 finishes. HVM finished fourth and third, respectively, in the Champ Car World Series in 2006 and 2007, and earned drivers Mario Dominguez and Robert Doornbos Rookie of the Year honors in 2002 and 2007, respectively. Follow HVM Racing at www.hvmracing.com, on twitter at www.twitter.com/HVMracing, and on facebook at www.facebook.com/HVMRacing.
 
About Entergy 
Entergy is the second largest owner and operator of U.S. nuclear energy plants. They operate or provide management services to 12 reactors at 10 sites. Entergy Corporation is an integrated energy company engaged primarily in electric power production and retail distribution operations. Entergy owns and operates power plants with approximately 30,000 megawatts of electric generating capacity and delivers electricity to 2.7 million utility customers in Arkansas , Louisiana , Mississippi and Texas . Entergy has annual revenues of more than $11 billion and more than 15,000 employees. For more information: www.entergy-nuclear.com and www.NuclearCleanAirEnergy.com;
on Twitter at www.twitter.com/@NuclearCleanAir, and on facebook at www.facebook.com/Nuclear Clean Air Energy.

 

 

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