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.