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IndyCar's Simona de Silvestro looks to continue growth at Baltimore Grand Prix

The only time Simona de Silvestro gave her parents any peace when she was a child was when they turned on a Formula 1 auto race. Even then, it seems, she loved the sound of the racing engine.

De Silvestro smiles at the memory from long ago.

"My mom and dad said it was the only time I was quiet," she said. "And when I was about 4, my dad, who worked for a dealership that imported Porsche and Audi, had a go-kart demonstration at his dealership. I wanted to drive one so bad, but my feet wouldn't reach the pedals. I cried, and he finally promised [that] when I could reach the pedals, he'd buy me one. About a year and a half later he did, and that's evidently how...