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New face up front: de Silvestro fast at St. Pete

Updated: March 22, 2013, 6:30 PM ET
Associated Press

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- There was a new face at the top of the IndyCar leaderboard, and the competition thought it was long overdue.

Simona de Silvestro, making her debut with new team KV Racing Technology, posted the third fastest time Friday on the opening day of the IndyCar season. The Swiss driver was right behind Will Power and defending series champion Ryan Hunter-Reay on the course through the streets of St. Petersburg.

"Simona's the real deal, we've seen that from Day One," ...

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