Paretta Autosport, the all-new female-forward NTT IndyCar Series team will make a second attempt to qualify for the 105th running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge which takes place a week from today on Sunday 30th May 2021.
Simona De Silvestro in the No.16 ROCKET Pro TPO Chevrolet will have a great opening lap however, she fell short in the following three laps and will be back to attempt to make the field for the Greatest Spectacle In Racing.
Speaking following Saturday’s action, De Silvestro commented saying:
We just couldn’t find the balance of the car for some reason today. We’re close, but it’s definitely not where we thought we would be when we looked at the practices. We just need to see what’s happening, keep our heads down and try to qualify for tomorrow.
Paretta Autosport is not a fifth Team Penske car as the team are their own entity and just have a technical partnership with the North Carolina-based outfit. Speaking about Saturday’s track activity at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Paretta Autosport team owner and CEO Beth Paretta said:
The first attempt was planned so therefore your second and third attempts basically cascade from that first decision. It came down to the wire with the clock this afternoon. I will say that I was only nervous about if we were going to be able to get the attempt because once it’s underway there’s nothing I can do, I’m pretty confident for tomorrow. The great thing is it’s a two-day event. We’re going to work overnight. We always have the never give up attitude because that’s what got us here. So it is obviously going to continue because that’s what’s at our core.
“After the first qualifying attempt, we came back in and made some big changes to the car and got back out in time to make two more runs. We were fighting right on that bubble the whole time to make it in today but were just shy. So, we’ll go back tonight to look at the information and get it ready to go to get it into the show tomorrow.“We laughed about it. We put the pressure on Madison Conrad, the starter in the back. If she didn’t hit it right, we wouldn’t have gotten to go out. So she did a really good job to get the car started under an enormous amount of pressure today.”