Paretta Autosport team owner Beth Paretta says she was over the moon as Simona De Silvestro turned her first laps in the No.16 Rocket Pro TPO Money Lion Chevrolet on day one of practice for next weekend’s 105th running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Speaking to Paddock Eye during a Meet the Team session at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Wednesday morning, Paretta said that contrary to the IndyStar’s reporting that she looked stoic on the pit-stand she doe was delighted to the car on track after just four months of preparation. Paretta revealed that she doesn’t show emotion a lot of the time.

It’s a balance, they want to make sure are focused it is very important and exciting and that it is amazing and cool but that they want to have fun with it and hopefully celebrate on the night of May 30.

Simona De Silvestro said that she is in the car with the Aeroscreen she didn’t realize it was there, it was only when she was on track and running in the turbulent air it is different and that you don’t feel it now making it a little tricky with the timing of the runs but to her, it is just brand new and she is learning new things all the time after being away for six years.

Andra Buzatu, who recently came out of the military has come to Paretta Autosport and IndyCar from the NASCAR Technical Institute told Paddock Eye that she is used to the long days and transitioning out of military life is difficult as it is but that this has been a great ride ever since this opportunity arose.


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