NTT IndyCar, an American-based auto racing series, has welcomed a new race team for the 2021 season. What makes this team stand out from the rest is the fact that is led by female automotive and motorsport expert Beth Paretta.
Paretta Autosport, spearheaded by female automotive and motorsport executive Beth Paretta, has announced its entry for the Indianapolis 500.@simdesilvestro will pilot the No. 16 Chevy for the 105th Running of the Indianapolis 500.
— NTT INDYCAR SERIES (@IndyCar) January 19, 2021
The new team, which has been named Paretta Autosport, will take part in the 105th Running of the Indianapolis 500, which kicks off on Sunday, May 30 2021. According to IndyCar.com, Simona De Silvestro who was the 2010 Indianapolis 500 Rookie of the Year, has been announced as the number one driver for Paretta Autosport.
“Being part of the goal of diversity and inclusion for everyone, and especially women in INDYCAR, and in motorsports in general, is very important to me and how I would like to see the future of racing,” said De Silvestro.
De Silvestro has raced in five previous Indy 500’s. Her best finish in the event was 14th in 2010.
Paretta Autosport will be assisted by Team Penske and Chevrolet power in its bid to qualify for the 105th running of the race and will use number 16 as its official car number, according to AutoSport.
“Today is the beginning of a commitment to gender equity in sport, to encourage women to work hard so they can earn their seat at the table or spot on the grid,” Paretta Autosport Team Principal Beth Paretta said.