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Driver De Silvestro aims at F1

HINWIL, Switzerland — Simona de Silvestro will be an affiliated driver with Sauber this year with a goal of competing for a Formula One seat in 2015.

The Swiss driver has spent four years in IndyCar and scored her first podium in October with a second-place finish at Houston. It was the first top-three run for a woman on an IndyCar road course.

De Silvestro, 25, will spend 2014 testing and participating in simulator training. Sauber, F1's only Swiss team, says the goal is to help de Silvestro earn her super license and prepare for a seat in 2015.

"This is a major step toward me achieving a lifelong dream, and I'm so happy to have the opportunity to take this step with such a great team," de Silvestro said.

Sprint Unlimited: Fans can vote on the starting order, race format and restart order for the final segment in tonight's race at Daytona International Speedway, which involves last season's Sprint Cup pole winners and past champions from when the race was called the Bud Shootout or Busch Clash.

Vote at nascar.com/sprintunlimited. Voting for the format ends at 6 tonight, voting for the starting order ends at 7:30 and voting for the restart order for the final segment ends after the second segment of tonight's three-segment, 90-lap race.

NASCAR trucks: Four-time series champion Ron Hornaday, 55, landed a ride for the opener, Feb. 21 at Daytona. He will drive a Chevrolet for Turner Scott Motorsports.

Driver De Silvestro aims at F1 02/14/14 [Last modified: Friday, February 14, 2014 9:05pm]

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