• Apr 20, 2010

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Up and coming IRL IndyCar Series driver Simona De Silvestro is young, talented and among the few women in racing. Those three attributes can make a driver very attractive to both sponsors and the media at large, but a fourth attribute may make her a better driver.

De Silvestro apparently has an excellent memory, and she isn't afraid to show it. The new IRL driver showed off her knowledge of the Barber Motorsports track in Alabama by giving the world of YouTube a virtual tour of the track. De Silvestro used a marker to trace a black on white image of the track while explaining what happens on each turn and straight. Any driver worth his or her salt could do that, right? Perhaps, but De Silvestro accomplished this feat while wearing a blindfold. And to make sure her blind tracing skills were more than just a fluke, the Swiss racer mapped the course twice. Hit the jump to watch the impressive feat for yourself.

[Source: YouTube]



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      • 4 Years Ago
      I wonder if Danica Patrick can do this.
      • 4 Years Ago
      pfft; any NASCAR racer can do that... oh wait
        • 4 Years Ago
        Paul that was awesome lol
        • 4 Years Ago
        Heh, you'd think that a NASCRAP driver could draw an oval blindfolded, but you never know...
        • 4 Years Ago
        LOLz
        • 4 Years Ago
        I lol'd. You win.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I second that...best COTD.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I think it was Tagliani who did it for Long Beach this week. He did a pretty good job too, although he started a bit wide so the whole thing is shifted a couple of inches to the side, but it's pretty accurate as well. They made a joke about Helio being the only one who has done it poorly this year when he drew Brazil or St. Pete's. Seriously though, it's damn impressive and shows why drivers and pro athletes in general are so good at what they do. They visualize things way better than the average Joe and can focus/concentrate so well.
      • 4 Years Ago
      She did do a better job than Nico. I'm fairly impressed.
      • 4 Years Ago
      That's actually pretty cool.

      Take THAT, Danica!
      • 4 Years Ago
      She can see from under her blindfold. Guaranteed. Try wearing one of those and look down through the gap.....
      • 4 Years Ago
      Doing things blindfolded? She has a post racing political career ahead!
        • 4 Years Ago
        No, she does 'straight and narrow' more than any current politician.
      • 4 Years Ago
      On Top Gear a blind guy drove the track faster than Wogan (or whoever was at the bottom, can't really remember). Blind.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Not to show her effort meaningless, but Nico Rosberg was doing that with every F1 race track on Speed.
        • 4 Years Ago
        LMAO @ Reece! +1
        • 4 Years Ago
        I'ma let you finish, i'ma let you finish.. but Nico Rosberg drew one of the greatest laps of all time!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Somebody please tell her to stay on the tarmac
        • 4 Years Ago
        Nico almost looks like a girl...
        • 4 Years Ago
        There's no "almost" about it........ Sounds like a girl too btw.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Nico Rosberg did this for every track last year on the F1 circut.

        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NMt76rhC764
        • 4 Years Ago
        Yep, yep, as per usual, Indy woke up and copied something F1 has already done.

        And as for Nico looking like a girl... well, I do apologize for him not being a redneck-style "racer"...
      • 4 Years Ago
      Let's see Danica Patrick do that. She has a hard enough time driving with her eyes wide open.
      • 4 Years Ago
      i first read it as "lady driver"
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