Finally enjoyed some R&R

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Simona de Silvestro came back refreshed from her trip to Vermont and had her best finish on an oval: an 11th at Pocono.

The last few weeks have been really nice. We finally had a weekend off, and I think that was really good for us. It gave us the time to regroup a bit and prepare well for Pocono.

I went to Vermont on my weekend off with some friends. It was a lot of fun, but the best part of it was we had a no technology rule for the weekend. We did have to cheat a little to watch the Formula 1 Grand Prix, lol.

It was nice to be out by the lake. We went canoeing and just had some time to relax and not think about anything. I got to demonstrate the fire-building skills my dad taught me when I was younger, so that was kind of cool, too. I thought I’d like s’mores, but I didn’t.

The Pocono race was just around the corner when I got back. What a crazy place. It’s so fast and I had never seen an oval like this one; all the corners are different. That made it really challenging to set up the car. We had a good test day, so that helped a lot.

The team stayed in this really old hotel in the woods. People were saying it was haunted! I personally didn’t see anything, but I must say that the elevators were making creepy noises. The place had a fire pit, and it was kind of neat because the whole team was staying there and we all would hang out around the fire.

The Pocono race was great. I had a lot of fun and it was my best finish (11th) on an oval. The following week we headed to Toronto for a double-header weekend. It’s one of my favorite tracks. We had a good result on Saturday (10th) but were a little frustrated on Sunday (finished 14th). Now I’m heading to Europe for a couple of weeks, and I’m really looking forward to spending time with my family.