DETROIT, Mich. (June 7, 2022) – Paretta Autosport announced today a multi-year educational partnership with The Henry Ford focused on outreach, awareness, growth and accessibility of STEM learning and career opportunities in automotive, racing, business, innovation and entrepreneurship to educate and inspire girls and women.

“Paretta Autosport embodies The Henry Ford’s mission to inspire that next generation of innovators, thinkers and doers,” said Patricia Mooradian, President and CEO of The Henry Ford. “Beth and her team are changing the world of racing and paving the way for women from all backgrounds to discover their potential and achieve their dreams. We are thrilled to partner with Paretta Autosport to create more awareness around opportunities for women in the automotive and racing fields.” 

Paretta Autosport and The Henry Ford will use the ideas and stories from the institution’s newest permanent exhibition Driven to Win: Racing in America to inspire students and lifelong learners. The exhibition explores over a century of auto racing history, and tells the authentic, compelling stories of the passion, inspiration and innovation that propels drivers, their cars and teams to victory. Through this partnership, the two organizations will demonstrate real-world applications of STEM principles and innovation learning through the lens of motorsports, activating The Henry Ford’s Model i learning framework to encourage others to explore new ideas, overcome challenges, and develop an innovative mindset. 

“The Henry Ford plays a unique role in capturing the imaginations of students,” said Beth Paretta, Team Principal, Paretta Autosport. “I am thrilled with this partnership as it will help us showcase how motorsports is the ultimate example of STEM in action. We can continue to grow our audience off the track while introducing them to our exciting endeavors on the track. We invite all racing fans to visit The Henry Ford and the Driven to Win exhibit in Dearborn, Michigan and online at THF.org and be inspired.”

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About Paretta Autosport

Paretta Autosport is the first woman-owned, woman-driven, woman-forward team in INDYCAR history. Launched in 2021, the Team qualified and ran its first race, the 2021 Indianapolis 500. The team operates under the mission of unifying the current generation and inspiring the next. With approximately 70% of the team comprised of women across all roles, Paretta Autosport shines a bright light on diversity and inclusion for all while developing talent to feed the STEM workforce pipeline well beyond motorsports. At Paretta Autosport, the competitive spirit drives us. We work hard and always strive for better: for ourselves, for our team, and for others. For more information on our team and our initiatives visit www.parettaautosport.com.

About The Henry Ford

Located in Dearborn, Michigan, The Henry Ford, a globally-recognized destination, fosters inspiration and learning from hands-on encounters with artifacts that represent the most comprehensive collection anywhere focusing on innovation, ingenuity and resourcefulness in America. Its unique venues include Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation, Greenfield Village, Ford Rouge Factory Tour, Benson Ford Research Center and Henry Ford Academy, a public charter high school. Together with its online presence at thf.org, its national television series The Henry Ford’s Innovation Nation and Invention Convention Worldwide, the growing affiliation of organizations fostering innovation, invention and entrepreneurship in K-12 students, The Henry Ford inspires individuals to unlock their potential and help shape a better future. For more information on The Henry Ford, please visit www.thehenryford.org.

About the NTT INDYCAR SERIES

The NTT INDYCAR SERIES is North America’s premier open-wheel auto racing series. It features an international field of the world’s most versatile drivers – including reigning series champion Alex Palou, six-time series champion Scott Dixon, two-time series champion Josef Newgarden and four-time and defending Indianapolis 500 winner Helio Castroneves – who compete on superspeedways, short ovals, street circuits and permanent road courses. The 2022 season consists of 17 races in the United States and Canada and is highlighted by the historic Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge. The NTT INDYCAR SERIES, INDYCAR, Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and IMS Productions are owned by Penske Corporation, a global transportation, automotive and motorsports leader. For more information on the NTT INDYCAR SERIES, please visit www.indycar.com

For Jimmy Vasser and James “Sulli” Sullivan, the new GTD Pro effort is its most ambitious to date as the North Carolina-based team enters its fourth season with Toyota’s luxury and performance brand.

“We are taking Vasser Sullivan Lexus to the next level and building this bench of exceedingly competitive drivers is the next step to producing the kind of results we expect,” they said. “Jack and Kyle have done an outstanding job for us capturing poles, consistently finishing on the podium and winning races. Ben’s ability and competitiveness in the world of sports cars has proven he belongs with us, we are energized to announce him today and have him join Vasser Sullivan Lexus.”

For Barnicoat, the opportunity in IMSA represents a major change in his career trajectory.

“I’m absolutely thrilled to be joining Lexus Racing USA,” he said. “Hearing the future plans and ambitions that the Lexus brand has, to really write themselves into the history books of motorsport, is truly inspiring, and really excites me about this program and my future with Lexus. I can’t wait to get to work with the Vasser Sullivan team and my super-fast teammates Jack Hawksworth and Kyle Kirkwood in our IMSA GTD Pro campaign with the Lexus RC F GT3.

“After meeting Jimmy and Sulli for the first time and seeing the team in action at Petit Le Mans last month, it’s clear to me that they are the team to be with in IMSA right now. The level of professionalism, along with the dedication and hunger to win races and championships was incredible, and I can’t ask for any more than that as a driver. I have a lot to learn with it being my first full season of IMSA, but I have an incredible car in the Lexus RC F GT3 and the best team of people around me to learn from and achieve our goals. We will be a force to be reckoned with. The green flag at the Rolex 24 in January can’t come soon enough!”