De Silvestro back for Andretti again in NOLA

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Simona de Silvestro has her third confirmed race with Andretti Autosport, as she’ll be back in the team’s No. 25 Honda for this weekend’s Indy Grand Prix of Louisiana.

In support of the local community, de Silvestro will be carrying Ochsner Health System’s branding on her No. 25 machine, along with the Racing for Kids badge. The racing veteran will join Racing for Kids to visit young patients at Ochsner Hospital for Children on Thursday, leading up to the inaugural Indy Grand Prix of Louisiana.

She qualified well at St. Petersburg in 11th, second of Andretti’s four drivers, in her first IndyCar race in more than a year. However her race was a struggle and she’ll look to improve on that.

“It’s great to get another shot in the car and improve on everything we learned in St. Petersburg,” de Silvestro said in a release. “I’m really looking forward to being able to work with everyone again and hopefully have a better race! I’m really thankful for all that Michael (Andretti) and everyone at Andretti Autosport have been doing to make all of this happen.”

“Simona obviously didn’t have the greatest outcome in St. Pete, but she was always up there fighting to get ahead,” said Michael Andretti, president, chairman and CEO of Andretti Autosport. “She proved herself both on and off the track. The great thing about Simona is that she keeps her head down and continues to push – she fights hard. We’re happy to be able to bring her back for another round before the Indy 500.”

She has also been confirmed to the team’s TE Connectivity-backed No. 29 Honda for the Indy 500.