What a day for IndyCar and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway as it was announced on Tuesday that Paretta Autosport powered by Chevrolet for the 105th running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge in partnership with Team Penske.
The all female team led by Beth Parents will field IndyCar Series veteran Simon De Silverstone.
Speaking during a media conference, Beth Paretta said that the team want to show girls that they can participate in facets of the team.
Speaking following the announcement, Paretta commented saying:
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. “INDYCAR has been a leader and a welcoming place for women for many years because of the hard work of many women and men before us, but now we have a stronger commitment with INDYCAR’s ‘Race for Equality & Change’ to make sure opportunities continue in the future.
“Our team, along with our technical alliance with Team Penske, will work hard to give Simona the best car we can provide so she can achieve her best results. Competition drives us. The Indy 500 is the greatest race in the world, and one day soon we hope to have a woman’s face on the Borg-Warner Trophy.”
President of Penske Entertainment Corporation Mark Miles said:
We are pleased to welcome Beth and her Paretta Autosport team to INDYCAR this year. Her team’s addition to the INDYCAR ‘Race for Equality & Change’ program this year will ensure that INDYCAR and the Indianapolis 500 continues the legacy of having a female driver qualify for the 2021 Indy 500. Of course, it will be up to Simona and the team to qualify the car for the grid, but knowing Beth, I know that her team will be up for the task.”
Speaking following the announcement Simona De Silvestro said:
I am very excited to have this incredible opportunity to return to Indianapolis and the Indy 500 with Paretta Autosport this year,. “My career really took off through my time competing in INDYCAR and the Indy 500, so returning to compete with Beth and her new team in alliance with Team Penske is a special and rare chance in my career. 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. I want to thank the NTT INDYCAR SERIES for taking such an important leadership role in providing gender and overall diversity inclusion in motorsports.”