De Silvestro grateful she can drive

Simona de Silvestro is thankful the horrific car crash that left
her with severe burns last week only damaged her hands. Even
heavily bandaged, de Silvestro can still drive and she plans to do
so Saturday at the Indy 500.

De Silvestro lost control of her car during practice on
Thursday. The vehicle slammed into the wall, went airborne and
flipped several times before coming to a stop upside down and in
flames with the 22-year-old driver strapped inside.

De Silvestro says she’s lucky that was the most severe damage
from a crash that could have killed her.

But she was back behind the wheel again on Saturday, and
qualified for this weekend’s big race. She had some dead layers of
skin removed over the weekend and says the tissue beneath her
dressing is very raw, but she wants to be driving in this, the
100th anniversary race.

De Silvestro was in Boston on Tuesday during a promotion for
Indy car racing’s return to New England. The circuit will race at
New Hampshire Motor Speedway in August.