Detroit powers all-female Indy 500 race team

For the first time the Indianapolis 500 will feature a woman-driven, woman-owned race entry. And it will get a lot of horsepower from Metro Detroit.

Veteran Swiss ace Simona De Silvestro will pilot the Rocket Pro TPO-sponsored, #16, Chevy-powered Paretta Autosport IndyCar owned by Beth Paretta, a Detroit-based businesswoman with NASCAR and IMSA racing experience. The team will get technical help from Bloomfield Hills-based Penske Racing as it goes for glory at the iconic Memorial Day-weekend race.

“The cool thing about racing at a pro level is you can actually have men and women competing on the same team, competing against each other. It’s genuinely co-ed,” said Paretta in an interview. “And racing’s more more than just a driver; there are so many other roles on a team that people can aspire to be part of.”

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