The 2021 NTT IndyCar Series season concluded on Sunday with the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach where Team Penske’s Josef Newgarden started the race from pole position. Team Penske ran four full-time cars this season with Scott McLaughlin in the No.3 PGG Chevrolet having made the full-time switch to the NTT IndyCar Series from the Australian V8 Supercar championship. however, Team Penske also provided technical support and shop space, and training to the newly-formed Paretta Autosport NTT IndyCar Series team.
Paretta Autosport, owned by automotive industry veteran Beth Paretta made history in May by becoming the first female-forward NTT IndyCar Series team on the grid as they qualified 33rd with Simona De Silvestro in the No.16 ROCKET PRO Chevrolet and ran well until she was forced to retire from the Indianapolis 500 following contact.
It was fantastic for Beth and her team to make the field for ‘The Greatest Spectacle In Racing’ and although the outfit didn’t quite make it to the end of the race they made steady progress throughout the month of May and it is extremely likely that will see the team back on the grid for the 2022 NTT IndyCar Series season.
Paretta Autosport also female pit-crew members working over the wall and they did a fantastic job and it was great to see the team compete at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and having support from Team Penske was fantastic for the outfit.
Team Penske are currently looking for a driver to fill the No.22 Menards Chevrolet following the departure of Simon Pagenaud to Meyer Shank Racing for the 2022 NTT IndyCar Series season so could the No.22 Chevrolet be operated by Paretta Autosport as a satelite team such as how the No.29 Honda works at Andretti Autosport with George Steinbrenner? Only time will tell however, such a move seems unlikely and it is more probable that Paretta Autosport will continue their technical alliance with Team Penske.