Pagenaud substitutes for de Silvestro
26 August 2011 – Simon Pagenaud has been brought in to substitute for a driver once again this season, replacing HVM Racing’s Simona de Silvestro at Sonoma. The latter was unable to enter the United States after enduring technical issues with the country's customs and border protection when flying from Switzerland, forcing her to miss the event in California.
"It's an unfortunate situation," explained HVM team boss Keith Wiggins. "We could never have imagined this kind of an issue going into a race weekend and it just adds more challenges to our 2011 season, but it's in the team's best interest to continue our program.
"We're lucky to have another world-class driver like Simon Pagenaud who's willing to step up and work with us to achieve a successful result."