Andretti Autosport adds Simona de Silvestro to lineup for IndyCar opener at St. Petersburg

Andretti Autosport has named Simona de Silvestro its fourth driver for the season-opening race at St. Petersburg, Florida.

Team owner Michael Andretti says he'd like to grow a program around de Silvestro that gets the Swiss driver in a full-time ride. For now, she's scheduled only for the March 29 IndyCar opener.

She'll join a lineup that includes Indianapolis 500 champion Ryan Hunter-Reay, reigning rookie of the year Carlos Munoz, and Marco Andretti.

De Silvestro has 65 career IndyCar starts and finished on the podium at Houston in 2013. She was the 2010 top rookie at the Indianapolis 500, and is one of only three women to have recorded a podium finish in IndyCar.

She spent last year as an affiliated driver with the Sauber Formula One team.