Four months after announcing her intention to go racing, Paretta Autosport team owner and CEO Beth Paretta will see her car, the No.16 Rocket Pro TPO Chevrolet take to the grid for the Greatest Spectacle in Racing, the 105th running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge which takes place on Sunday.

Simona De Silvestro will make her sixth start from 33rd place just behind Team Penske’s Will Power in the No.12 Verizon 5G Chevrolet and Dreyer and Reinbold Racing Sage Karam.

For Paretta, qualifying for Sunday’s race is the culmination of years of hard work by Beth and her team who have worked incredibly hard to put this program together. Not only do Paretta Autosport have a great driver in Simona De Silvestro but they have assembled a great team with Ayla Agren and Linda Conti serving as the spotters to Simona.

Lauren Sullivan is the performance engineer with Paretta Autosport. Simona De Silvestro qualifying for the Indianapolis 500 is brilliant given the fact that her last Indy 500 was in 2015 with Andretti Autosport. Speaking following qualifying for this year’s race, Simona said:

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.”
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