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Baltimore practice sessions delayed

The exact circumstances of the 'technical problem' that prevented de Silvestro from re-entering the country and being sent back to her native Switzerland have not been officially released, but it's thought that a single immigration official simply refused to believe that Simona was an IndyCar driver and consequently assumed her completed documentation was forged. Simon Pagenaud filled in for de Silvestro at Sonomo and finished 15th place having started in 22nd.

"Unfortunately, she's missed the [Baltimore] track walk so we'll have to get her focused as quickly as possible," said HVM team owner Keith Wiggins. "I'm sure she'll be enthusiastic and hungry."

Tomas Scheckter is also back in the paddock, racing the #07 Redline Xtreme car for SH Racing via a partnership with Dreyer & Reinbold Racing

"Obviously, we can't get on the Baltimore track, but physically it's very good for me," said Scheckter about the difficulties preparing for a brand new, unseen circuit. "That's one thing with street tracks, that no one can test on them. Everybody really has to start fresh."

Mike Conway took a loot at the streets when in Baltimore a couple of weeks ago, and found that one slower section of the course coming out of a hard left-hand turn and leading to pit lane at turn 6 bore his surname.

"I like my chances on that particular stretch, but maybe that's just me," said Conway as he posed with a sign specially made up for his visit temporailiy dubbing this 'Mike Conway St.'

"There are quick corners with long straights leading up to them, which is always difficult but fun," described Conway. "Those are 90-degree corners in third gear, which are going to be quite fast. We go around the baseball stadium and the main straight is four lanes wide that leads into a right-hander, so that will be a passing zone."

Overall, Conway - who won on the streets of Long Beach earlier this year - said that he was looking forward to the maiden Baltimore race. "A new circuit is always fun, and I think it's going to be a lot like the Long Beach atmosphere."




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