The news last week that Paretta Autosport will join the NTT IndyCar Series for the 105th running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge which takes place on place on May 30. Paretta Autosport is run by Beth Paretta who set up Grace Autosport who planned to compete in the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 in 2016 and had an engine supply deal but the event didn’t materialise for the team.
Fast forward to 2021, following a meeting with NTT IndyCar Series and Indianapolis Motor Speedway owner Roger Penske and holding discussions with him and telling him what the team wanted to do it was announced that with the help and support of IndyCar’s Race for Equality Paretta Autosport will compete in the 105th running of the Indianapolis 500 with Simona De Silvestro.
The team have an engine supply from Chevrolet and are receiving technical support from Team Penske. Paretta hopes that the team will run at least one extra IndyCar race during the 2021 season and that the aim is for the team to enter IndyCar full time in 2022.
Paretta Autosport will have female engineers but will not be a full female team. Paretta hopes that she will have a two-car full-time programme with a female and male driver in each car.
Speaking to Paddock Eye this week, Paretta said that during the month of May teams have an engineer from their engine supplier and that Chevrolet are hoping to provide Paretta Autosport with a female engineer.
The opportunity to work with Simona De Silvestro will be incredibly beneficial for Paretta Autosport as the Swiss driver not only has IndyCar and Indianapolis 500 experience since her last outing in IndyCar in 2015, she has continued to compete in racing series such as Formula E and she will be a huge asset to the team.
Team Penske’s knowledge and experience will be key to Paretta Autosport as the team get up to speed at the Brickyard.
Having a female led team is a huge step forward for the NTT IndyCar Series given that the series has been at forefront of female involvement in the motorsport for many years. Many of the teams have female engineers working for them and Beth Paretta will be the first female team owner since Sarah Fisher in 2015.
It is going to be great to see what the future holds for Paretta Autosport.