Four months after announcing her intention to run a team in the 105th running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge, Beth Paretta, team owner and CEO of Paretta Autosport will have a car in the field for ‘The Greatest Spectacle In Racing.
Simona De Silvestro in the No.16 ROCKET Pro PTO Chevrolet will start the race from 33rd on the grid just behind Team Penske’s Will Power in the No.12 Verizon 5G Chevrolet having set a four-lap average of 228.353MPH.
To get a car in the field for the Indianapolis 500 is a fantastic achievement and Paretta Autosport and Beth Paretta has built a great team with Simona De Silvestro, Linda Conti, Ayla Argen, Andra Buzatu, Madison Conrad, Sara Durant, Amanda Frayer, Mallorie Muller, Chelsea Pechenino, Lauren Sullivan, Caitlyn Brown, Runa Amin, Barbara Burns, Maria Brady, Belicia Montgomery, Heather Pirowski and Linda Rosenberg.
Speaking about her time on track today, Simona De Silvestro commented saying:
“What a day! It was definitely nerve racking being in this position. I’m super happy that we made it in the field because of everyone involved, and because of all the hard work that got put in. It would have been crazy to not have made it. From that point of view, we’re super relieved. Now we just focus on racing and I think we could be pretty good because our car was pretty competitive.
“For Beth, I just wish it wouldn’t have been as crazy for the first time we were racing together. At least we got that one out of the way and now we can really focus on this going forward. It was interesting but you know I think we all stuck together, worked hard and that’s what made us strong to be here today.”
Team owner and CEO Beth Paretta commented saying:
It’s unbelievable. It’s like climbing a mountain and getting to the top and looking around to see how beautiful it is. It’s just amazing and a testament to everybody working hard overnight, digging in and never giving up. That’s what it is. And that’s what got us here and that’s what got us onto the grid today.
“We will go back to working our pit stops and get the car back into race trim. Honestly, in fairness, if you look at the time sheets from this week, race trim, the car is a lot stronger and Simona’s a lot more comfortable in it. We’re looking forward to getting back into that set up because I think we do a little better. It is tough to pass here with the aeroscreens so we’ll have to see. It is tough to start from the last row, but you can’t do it if you’re not in it so at least we’ve got a shot.”