Team Penske’s Josef Newgarden in the No.2 Chevrolet says that he is excited to see what Penske affiliated team, Paretta Autosport and Simona De Silvestro do when they compete in next month’s 105th running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge.

Paretta Autosport will compete in the Indianapolis 500 with a technical partnership with Team Penske and speaking to Paddock Eye during a conference call on Monday ahead of the start of the 2021 NTT IndyCar Series season this weekend at Barber Motorsports Park, Newgarden who was fastest on the final day of practice at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Friday said that he was impressed with the pace, De Silvestro showed over the two days.

The Tennessee native also said that Paretta Autosport engineering staff have integrated will into Team Penske and that they are getting up to speed very well.

Newgarden went on to say that they are uncertainly a great addition to our group. Newgarden said it is great to have another car with Simona in it and that the Swiss driver is a top-shelf talent and that it is a shame that she was cut short with her timeline in the NTT IndyCar Series.

Newgarden commented saying:

 Very excited. They’re certainly a great addition to our group. It’s fun to have another car with Simona, too. I think Simona is a top-shelf talent. I think a lot of us feel that way about her in INDYCAR. It was almost a shame that she got cut short with her timeline in INDYCAR. When she left, she never probably had the best opportunity to compete at a high level. She was already doing that.
I think she’s going to be fantastic. She took to things pretty quickly, almost like she never left. With Paretta, the entire team, they’ve been absorbing the way work. We’ve had a lot of the different women at the track with us trying to understand our philosophies, the way we go about racing.
It’s going to be exciting. They’re a really fun program. I think they’re going to be covered pretty well in the 500. There’s a lot of interest in their specific group. I think they’ll have a good opportunity to compete at a high level.
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