Simona De Silvestro with the Paretta Autosport in Indy

Simona De Silvestro will drive the 500 miles of Indianapolis with the Paretta Autosport. A new 100 percent female team in the NTT IndyCar Series.

The 105th edition of the 500 miles of Indianapolis will see the entry of a 100 percent female team. Thus, the Paretta Autosport, created by Beth Paretta, will enter single-seater n ° 16 with Simona De Silvestro as pilot. The 32-year-old Swiss rookie in this race in 2010.

Today is the start of a commitment to gender equity in sport, to encourage women to work hard so they can earn their place on the grid. INDYCAR has been a leader and a welcoming place for women for many years due to the hard work of many women and men before us. Now we have a stronger engagement with the INDYCAR Race for Equality & Change to ensure that the opportunities continue into the future.

Beth Paretta, director of the Paretta Autosport team

The creation of this new team is done in partnership with Team Penske, the most victorious team in the Indy 500.

Our team will work hard to give Simona the best car we can provide. The Indy 500 is the biggest race in the world. One day we hope to see a female face in the Borg-Warner Trophy.

Beth paretta

Beth Paretta is no stranger to the world of motorsport. At Dodge she took part in the 2012 NASCAR Cup Series titles with Team Penske. In 2014 she was in IMSA GTLM programs, with the Viper GTS-R, as well as in Trans Am with a Dodge Challenger TA2.

We are happy to welcome Beth and her Paretta Autosport team to INDYCAR this year. The addition of her team to the Race for Equality & Change program will allow the INDYCAR and the Indy 500 to carry on the legacy of qualifying a female driver for the Indy 500. Of course it will be Simona to qualify, but knowing Beth, I know her team will be ready.

Mark Miles, President of Penske Entertainment Corp.

I am very happy to have this incredible opportunity to come back to Indianapolis and the Indy 500. My career really took off thanks to my participation in the INDYCAR and the Indy 500. Coming back with the Beth team , in alliance with Team Penske is a special and rare opportunity in my career.

Simona De Silvestro

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