Simona De Silvestro in Houston (First Podium)

Simona De Silvestro, who earned her IZOD IndyCar Series career-best start of third in the season opener at St. Petersburg and earned a career-high runner-up finish in the first race at Houston, is among the nominees for the Swiss Female Athlete of the Year award.

De Silvestro, 25, is among 10 athletes (two skiers, two snowboarders, two mountain bikers and a gymnast) in contention for the award, which will be presented Dec. 15 in Sonntag, Switzerland.

"Wow; really honored to be nominated," said De Silvestro, who completed her fourth IZOD IndyCar Series season with nine top-10 finishes in the 19 races.