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Bea started 20th at Milwaukee and fininshed 19th having completed 242 or 250 laps. Only 8 cars were on the lead lap.

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Name: Ana Beatriz Caselato Gomes de Figueiredo
Date of Birth: March 18, 1985
Nationality: Brazilian
Home Town: São Paulo
Height: 1,70m
Weight: 60 kg
Idol: Ayrton Senna
Favourite Track: Londrina - Brazil
Favourite Food: Italian and Japanese
Music: Rock and Pop
Others Sports: Football and Tennis

Ana Beatriz Caselato Gomes de Figueiredo (born on March 18, 1985, in São Paulo) is a Brazilian female racing driver. She is the only Brazilian female driver in a international racing top series and the only woman to participate at Indy 500; Ana Beatriz Figueiredo is the only woman to win at Formula Renault for three times, in 2005; the first woman to win at Firestone Indy Lights, twice, in 2008 and 2009; the only woman to compete and to win at Desafio das Estrelas, a karting competition organized by Felipe Massa in 2010. After competing for 4 races at IZOD IndyCar Series last year, in this season she will drive the whole championship in the series.

She started her career in karting races.

After an outstanding season in Brazilian Formula Renault championship, she started competing in Formula Three Sudamericana in 2006 driving for the well-established Cesario Formula team.

In 2006 she also drove a Red Bull Volkswagen Touareg for PPD Sports (owned by Pedro Diniz) who hosted events of the Brazilian Formula Renault championships, Renault Speed Show.

In 2008 she began racing in the American Firestone Indy Lights Series for defending championship-winning team Sam Schmidt Motorsports[1]. She placed fifth in the Firestone Freedom 100 at Indianapolis, the highest finishing position by a female driver in that race.[2] She has begun using the name Ana Beatriz in the United States.

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Bea started the 97th running of the Indy 500 in the 26th spot and finished as the first woman and 15th overall.

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For the first time since 2011, four women have qualified for the 2013 Indy 500. Bea will start in the 26th spot on the grid.

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Bea started in the 16th spot in her home country of Brasil in San Paulo and lost her transmission on the 11th lap.

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Bea will start in the 16th spot in her home country of Brasil in San Paulo

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Bea started 23rd at Long Beach and moved up to 14th by the end of the race.

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Bea started 25th and finishing 24th with only 65 laps this weekend and went out with mechanical problems.

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Bea returns to IndyCars at St. Pete starting 25th and finishing 22nd with only 55 laps with mechanical problems.

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Ana started 13th in the Indy 500 and dropped back early and finished in 23rd.

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Bea qualified 13th for the 96th running of the Indy 500.

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Bea started 19th at San Paulo in her first IndyCar start in 2012 and got as high as 7th, finishing 20th, 2 laps down.

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Bea finished the year ranked at 21st in the standings.

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Bea started in 20th place at Kentucky and finished in 24th. She held her spot at 21 in the standings with one race to go.

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Bea wthe fastest woman at Indy Japan and started 21st on the grid. She finished in 19th.

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Bea ws gridded 22 at Baltimore, got as high as 9th and finished in 16th.

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Bea started 10th at Sonoma, her career best and only one second slower than Will Power on the pole. By race end she finished in 13th.

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Bea started 21st at New Hampshire and finished in 14th.

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Bea started 25th at Mid-Ohio and finished in 17th.

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Bea started 23rd at Edmonton and finished in 14th.

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Bea qualified 26th at Toronto and moved up 15 places to finish11th in an accident filled race. This was the best finish for Bea in IndyCars. In her final IndyLights season, she had 6 top five finishes including a first at Iowa.

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Bea had contact on the 44th lap at with Mike Conway at Iowa and did not continue.

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Bea qualified 11th at the Milwaukee Mile, the highest ranked woman and highest ranked rookie. She finished 17th.

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Bea qualified 32 for the Indy500 and finished in 21st, 3 laps down from the winner.

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Bea is gridded 26th of 27 cars for the Long Beach Grand Prix and finished 19th.

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Simon Pagenaud will fill in for Bea while she recovers from wrist surgery.

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Ana Beatriz started 20th of 25 racers in St. Pete and finished 14th.

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Ana Beatriz has a full IndyCar ride with Dryer & Reinbold for 2011. Bea took top rookie & top woman of four in Brazil.

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In the final race of the 2010 IndyCar series, Bea started 15th and ended 24th. She ecumulated enough points in her 4 races to finish 30th of 41 racers for the season.

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Bea takes 13th at San Paulo which not only was the top rookie but the top woman of four. And the only woman or rookie on the lead lap.

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Bea joins Dreyer & Reinbold Racing for the 2010 IndyCar series.

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Bea qualified 15th at Chicagoland and had contact on the 31st lap giving her a 14th finish. She did not compete in the season finale and finsihed 8th overall.

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Bea qualified 15th at Chicagoland and had contact on the 31st lap giving her a 14th finish.

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Bea qualified 3rd at Infineon and finished in 5th. She maintains her 8th place ranking overall

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Bea started Mid-Ohio in 14th and finished in 12th. She is currently in 8th place overall.

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Bea started in 10th and finished in 2nd at Kentucky and currently is in 8th position in the standings.

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Bea started 10th on the grid and finished 12 at Edmonton.

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Ana, who started sixth in the No. 20 Healthy Choice/Sam Schmidt Motorsports car, passed teammate Wade Cunningham on Lap 107 of 115 and went on to her second Firestone Indy Lights career win. She is currently 8th in the standings after having missed the last race because of lack of funding.

Bea started Mid-Ohio in 14th and finished in 12th. She is currently in 8th place overall.

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Bea was gridded 7th at Toronto and finished 13th. Not her best day.

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Ana took fourth in the first Indy Lite race this year at St. Petersburg. In the 2nd race, she and JR connected and she finished in 23rd. She is currently ranked in 11th place of all Indy Light drivers.

One of Auto Week's "Five of the fastest women you will ever meet"

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Beatriz was gridded 2nd and was running fifth when JR Hildebrand drove her off the track. She finished in 16th at Kentucky Speedway. Next race at Infenion, Sears Point.

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Beatriz was gridded in the 14th spot of 22 cars for Race 2 of the Indy Lights series at the Mid-Ohio circuit. She finish 5th place, behind Cyndie Allemann, who finished in 4th. Ana Beatriz is 3rd of 34 drivers in the series point standings, only 44 points behind the leader. The next race will be Kentucky Speedway on August 8.

One of Auto Week's "Five of the fastest women you will ever meet"

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Beatriz was 17th overall (1 minute, 15.7588 seconds; 107.298 mph) on the combined practice chart on the 2.258-mile, 13-turn Mid-Ohio circuit and started in the 19th position and finished 14th in Race 1. She will therefore be gridded 14th for the second race.

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Beatriz was 17th overall (1 minute, 15.7588 seconds; 107.298 mph) on the combined practice chart on the 2.258-mile, 13-turn Mid-Ohio circuit and started in the 19th position. Allemann was 15th quickest (1:15.7323; 107.336) and will start 18th..

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Beatriz becomes first female winner in Firestone Indy Lights. This occurred on July 12, 2008 at the Sunbelt Rentals 100 at the Nashville Superspeedway. This puts her 3rd in series points.

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23-year-old Indy Pro Series racer Ana Beatriz is 6th of 34 racers in the series standings (only 73 points behind the leader) and has 5 top 5, 6 top 10, has lead for 16 laps and finished in 8 of her 9 races as of 7/5/08.

 

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Beatriz piling up the miles

Adding two IZOD IndyCar Series races to her schedule means Ana Beatriz will be spending a lot of time on airplanes.

The Dale Coyne Racing driver returned to her native Brazil following the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama to attend a wedding during the off weekend and will return to the United States for the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach the following week.

Then it’s back to Brazil for the race in Sao Paulo on May 5 before heading to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the Opening day of practice May 11 for the 97th Running of the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race.

“It’s a lot of travel, but at least I’ll get some (frequent flier) miles,” Beatriz said.
Source: http://blog.indycar.com/2013/04/09/beatriz-piling-up-the-miles/

IZOD IndyCar Series: Ana Beatriz Figueiredo overcomes one more challenge


Driving the car no. 24 for Ipiranga Dreyer & Reinbold Racing, Ana Beatriz Figueiredo finished in a positive way the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach valid for the third round of the IZOD IndyCar Series Championship held last Sunday.

She started from the 26th position on the grid and finished on the 19th, between the 21 cars of 27 that completed the 85 laps by the 3.168 meters of thestreet circuit of California.

With a right hand fractured in the first round and operated recently for the insertion of a pin on her scaphoid bone, Ana Beatriz Figueiredo had her movements limited by the carbon fiber protection bracelet that she had to wear above the glove to protect the bone in calcification from any risk of injury in case of any contact with other cars.

“We improved the protection bracelet, we increased a bit the contact area of my hand with the steering wheel, but I still wasn’table to hold the steering wheel with the adhesion and strength which are necessary to be fast enough in Long Beach. It was not easy during the five first turns to drive with only one hand. The left arm was getting very tired. Until the moment we asked ourselves if we should go until the end, but then I decided to go”, summarize the Ipiranga Racing’sdriver who competes in the rookie’scategory.

The start of the race was a bit tense for Ana Beatriz who made a mistake in the presentation lap. “I accelerated more than necessary with the tires still cold, I spun and the car stalled. This cost me time from the start. I finished the race a bit frustrated for not being able to use all my capacity, but the important thing is we made it until the end and scored some points. Now I will continue totally dedicated to my hand’srecovery to be able to be more competitive in Brazil’srace”, concludes Ana Beatriz Figueiredo who left the racetrack feeling some pain in the hand.
Source: www.biaracing.com/eng/news.bia

Bia and Anders visit Children's Hospital of Nevada


The last time Racing For Kids® visited Las Vegas’ Children’s Hospital of Nevada was in 1996 and rapper Tupac Shakur, who was gunned down the night before, was a patient in the adjacent University Medical Center Hospital UMC). Security was very high and The Racing For Kids team had to get clearance through a phalanx of policemen and hospital security officers before greeting young patients inside.

The atmosphere could not have been more different Wednesday as IZOD IndyCar racer Ana “Bia” Beatriz and Firestone Indy Light racer Anders Krohn delighted 50 young patients and their siblings for 90 minutes of entertaining racing banter, a myriad of photo opportunities, autographs and a host of memorabilia.

The two first greeted patients around the IndyCar show car positioned in front of the hospital’s Trauma Unit and then they made bed-to-bed visits in several of the Children’s Hospital wards. Ana races for Dreyer & Reinbold Racing, while Anders drives for Belardi Auto Racing.

There were plenty of smiles and lively chatter outside.

Alyssa Cavey, age 10, of Las Vegas, nodded quietly that she’d never been so close to a racecar and loved the experience. Her mom Shannon who was pushing Alyssa’s wheelchair was a little more animated about the experience and upon meeting Ana effused: “I like women driving race cars.”

Anders for his part moved quickly from child to child signing a hat for Anthony Martenez, age 4,of Las Vegas and then Bryanna Duggan, age 10, who let her caregivers know she was perfectly happy spending as much time as possible outside in the warm dessert sun.

The “Youngest Patient ” Award went to Sophia Domanquez, age 1, who was gently held by her mother Fatima also of Las Vegas, while Ana signed a hat and hero card for her daughter.

Before heading inside Ana presented the hospital with tickets to Sunday’s IndyCar World Championships at The Las Vegas Speedway. The league has provided each driver in Sunday’s race with 100 tickets for their favorite charity. Ana used her tickets to bring hospitalized youngsters to the race in the name of Racing For Kids. Happily accepting on behalf of UMC’s Children’s Hospital of Nevada were Karen Gordon, Pediatric Services Coordinator, and Sara Richins, Child Life Specialists.

Behind the scenes Dr. Bill Pinsky, Racing For Kids founder, helped youngsters get in and out of the show car. His wife Karen had a Racing For Kids baseball cap for every youngster, while Jamie George, of United Medical Products (UMP), made sure each child had a special takeaway bag which contained a colorful UMP IndyCar Calendar, miniature scale racecar and coloring book.

During the bedside visits Ana, of Brazil, joked with Anders, of Norway, telling him he needed to learn Portuguese, while he responded that he’d be happy to teach Beatriz his native Norwegian.

But one grandmother had another idea and offered of both drivers: “your English is so good.” Quipped Krohn: “I guess that is what happens when you are surrounded by Americans.”

Pat Wright
Executive Director
Racing For Kids®

Source: indycarnation.indycar.com/exclusive-news/2011/10/13/bia-and-anders-visit-children's-hospital-of-nevada

Bia's first pit stop in Milwaukee


Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin was one of the first stops for Racing For Kids® in 1990 and since then has always been a special stop for our charity. Today was no different as 80 young patients and their siblings enjoyed a two-hour visit from IZOD IndyCar’s talented Ana “Bia” Beatriz.

For well over an hour “Bia,” who is very personable, greeted youngsters in front of the hospital, helping then get in and out of the colorful “Dads Root Beer” show car, autographing their Racing For Kids caps, posing for numerous pictures and telling them about her #24 Ipiranga IndyCar which she pilots for Dreyer & Reinbold Racing.

The number of well-informed racing fans she encountered surprised Bia. Katie Godlewski, age 14, of Sussex, WI with her mother, Jackie, talked about Katie’s dad, Ben, who has raced IMCA Modified cars at nearby speedways in Beaver Dam, Hales Corners and Slinger.

Lana Rogers said her son Logan, age 4, of Appleton, WI has developed an affinity for cars and racing because of his dad. Logan sister and brothers, Catlin, age 14, Preston, age 11, and Trinity, age 9 nodded in agreement.

Also from Appleton, Devin Hansen, was very happy when Bia signed a special racing t-shirt which is a surprise Father’s Day gift for his father, Pete. Devin and his mom, Amy, hoped the secret would hold until Sunday.

Among the many new fans, the young Brazilian racer found at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin were Nick Schetter, age 15, and his parents Mike and Dawn of Carney in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.

Abby Duket, age five, of Waukesha, WI along with her mom said they were delighted to meet one of the rising young female IndyCar racers. Morgan Lunch, though only two years old, was delighted as he sat in the show car. His father, Mike, said he’d be spreading the good word about Bia back home in Arnold, MI.

Handing out the popular IZOD IndyCar calendars was Brian Mehrstedt, Territory Manager for UMP, which produces the calendars. For Eric Krupka, CEO of EHK Motorsports, the whole event was a moving experience, as he made sure each child had a colorful red or yellow RFK baseball cap. Racing For Kids’ Event Manager Debby Wright photographed the entire visit and will soon have those pictures posted on: www.racingforkids,org. You should check them out.

Moving inside the hospital, Bia visited a number of children confined to their rooms. Most moving was her stop in the room of Nic Volker, aka Bat Man. Nic has been a long time patient of Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin. In 2009, he met with RFK racer Mike Conway, now driving for Andretti Autosports. At that time, Nic, dressed as bat man, greeted Conway while driving his Bat mobile kiddie car in the hospital lobby.

The picture of Nic and Mike became a popular feature of Racing For Kid’s website and publicity material. According to Amylynne Santiago Volker, Nic’s mom, Nic has since become a national media figure as he battles a myriad of conditions with courage and resolve.

Nic wanted to make sure Bia stopped by and she did for a little conversation and photos.

Bidding Nic adieu, Bia then waved good-bye to her Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin “friends” and headed for The Milwaukee Mile track for meetings with her engineers and crew. She was second quickest in a recent IndyCar test at the Milwaukee track. There are a hundred or so youngsters in Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin crossing their fingers for a good race for Bia on Sunday in the Milwaukee 225.

Ana Beatriz joins Dreyer and Reinbold for season opener


Dreyer and Reinbold Racing announced today that Brazilian driver, Ana Beatriz, will join the team’s IZOD IndyCar Series effort at the season opener in Sao Paulo, Brazil on March 14th.

“We are excited about going to Brazil for the first time with the IZOD IndyCar Series as it makes its travels down to South America and putting Ana Beatriz in our car at Brazil adds another dimension to our program and we are happy to have her on board for the Brazil race. We will be testing her at Sebring this weekend and we are excited to get her acclimated to the car. She was a very talented Indy Lights driver and we are converting her over to IndyCar and we are excited to be the team that she makes her IZOD IndyCar Series debut with,” commented Dreyer & Reinbold Racing Co-Owner, Dennis Reinbold.

The Brazilian driver will make her debut IZOD IndyCar appearance at her home race in Brazil on March 14th. The Sao Paulo native will step up to the IZOD IndyCar Series after competing in the Firestone Indy Lights category for the last two seasons. Her accomplishments include finishing third in 2008 in the Firestone Indy Lights point standings for Sam Schmidt Motorsports with one win, nine top-five finishes and 11 top-10 finishes. Beatriz also became the first female driver to win in Firestone Indy Lights when she won at Nashville in July. As a result she was named winner of the Firestone Indy Lights Rising Star Award. For 2007, she tested for A1 Team Brazil in A1GP at China. In 2006, Beatriz finished fifth in South American Formula 3 with five podium finishes and one pole. She was named winner of the São Paulo Citizen Driver. In 2005, Beatriz became the first female to ever win a Formula Renault race and she went on to finish third in Formula Renault Brazil with three wins (Campo Grande, Vitória and Tarumã) and four pole positions (Campo Grande, Vitória, Interlagos (twice). Beatriz won a Gold Helmet Award and in 2004 finished fifth in Brazilian Formula Renault.

“It’s great to be with Dreyer & Reinbold Racing for the Brazil IZOD IndyCar race. I was very happy when my manager, Andre Ribeiro, came back from Indianapolis and had set everything up with DRR. Hopefully we can get the rest together for the whole season. I’m really, really excited and happy to be here. I think the team is very professional and I have great teammates with Mike Conway and Justin Wilson. I hope that I can learn a lot from these British drivers. This is very special for me doing my debut in the IZOD IndyCar race at my home event. It’s also very special to be the first female Brazilian race car driver to race there and it will be a great experience,” stated Ana Beatriz.

Ana Beatriz will put her talent and experience to the test this weekend at Sebring International Raceway. Tomorrow will mark the first day for her to get behind the wheel of an IndyCar. Once the test is complete, Dreyer & Reinbold Racing will head back to Indianapolis to put the final touches on the cars before heading to Brazil for the IZOD IndyCar Series opener on March 14th.
Source: www.dreyerreinboldracing.com

Ana Wins at Iowa


It was a personally gut-wrenching four weeks for Ana Beatriz, whose short-term professional goals were nearly short-circuited by a shortage of funding. Maybe her victory in the Miller Lite 100 at Iowa Speedway will jump-start some additional financial interest.

Beatriz, who started sixth in the No. 20 Healthy Choice/Sam Schmidt Motorsports car, passed teammate Wade Cunningham on Lap 107 of 115 and went on to her second Firestone Indy Lights career win. The race ended under caution as a Lap 114 incident involving the cars of James Davison and Pippa Mann brought out the yellow flag.

Would Cunningham's No. 11 Lucas Oil/Sam Schmidt Motorsports car have been able to overtake Beatriz, who led by 0.6093 of a second after Lap 112 and by 0.3777 of a second after Lap 113?

"We qualified sixth but it was great at the start of the race and it was very competitive," said Beatriz, who finished on the podium at Iowa Speedway last year. "I was fortunate to find the right time to pass Wade. There were a lot of lapped cars out there when that happened. It was all about momentum. "

James Hinchcliffe completed a Sam Schmidt Motorsports sweep of the podium - a first in Firestone Indy Lights. Gustavo Yacaman almost made it a 1 through 4 finish as he advanced six positions in the No. 44 Crepes & Waffles/Tuvacol/Sam Schmidt Motorsports car for fifth.

"It is a great effort for the team," team owner Sam Schmidt said. "It was a brand new car they had to build up the last few weeks. This made up for all those hours."

An accident in the Firestone Freedom 100 and a hole in the budget forced Beatriz to sit out the race in Milwaukee on May 31.

"At the finish I was thinking it was just unbelievable," said Beatriz, who is the sixth different winner in seven races this season. "I nearly crashed at the end right there around the flipped car (of Mann, who was uninjured). This team deserves it. I really want to celebrate with them tonight. The last couple of weeks have been tough missing out on sponsorship and then finding a way to come back.

"Together with my management and agents, we worked very hard to find additional sponsorship to get back on track. One of my managers, Andre Ribeiro, put in a lot of his personal resources into this project to get us back on track and allow us opportunities to grow in the near future to hopefully finish the season in a strong position."

The victory will be a sizable morale boost, and lend support in the championship points race.
Source: http://www.indycar.com/pro/news/?story_id=14373

Bia to Represent Brazil at the A1GP event.


Firestone Indy Lights driver Ana Beatriz has been called up by A1 Team Brazil for the World Cup of Motorsport event at Algarve in Portugal this weekend.

Beatriz, the first female driver to score a win in the series, will drive the rookie sessions on the 4.96km Portimao Circuit. She last drove for the team at Shanghai in 2007.

"I was very happy and honored with Emerson (Fittipaldi's) invitation to drive the rookie sessions for A1 Team Brazil in Portugal. My first international event was with Brazil in Shanghai in 2007 and it was fantastic. It will be great to return with more experience and international knowledge. I am also very excited to drive the new car, and I hope to help the team start the weekend well
Source: www.indycar.com/indylights/news/story.php?story_id=13536&utm_source=indycar&utm_medium=story&utm_content=13536&utm_campaign=speedRead

Beatriz becomes first female winner in Firestone Indy Lights


Beatriz was gridded 2nd and was running fifth when JR Hildebrand drove her off the track. She finished in 16th at Kentucky Speedway. Next race at Infenion, Sears Point.

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Beatriz became the first female winner of a Firestone Indy Lights race, overtaking pole sitter and Sam Schmidt Motorsports teammate James Davison on Lap 33 of 77 and holding on in the Sunbelt Rentals 100 at Nashville Superspeedway.

Four other females have competed in the series, including Cyndie Allemann with American Spirit Racing this season. Sarah McCune (Chicagoland 2005) was the first female pole sitter in the series - the same year that Patrick started from the pole in three races during her IndyCar Series rookie season.

In April at Twin Ring Motegi, Patrick became the first woman to win a major closed-course auto race.

"I just can't be more thankful for Healthy Choice/Sam Schmidt Motorsports for bringing me to the U.S. (from Brazil)," said Beatriz, whose previous best finish was third (last week in the second race at Watkins Glen International, at Iowa and the first St. Petersburg street race). "I thought I would win at St. Pete; we were almost there.

"I'm with the best team and they have so much information on oval. I won my first race on an oval. It's amazing."

Bobby Wilson finished 1.2392 second behind in the No. 17 Team E Patriot Bank car, advancing six positions from his starting spot. Arie Luyendyk finished third and J.R. Hildebrand fourth.

The race was delayed 105 minutes because of a thunderstorm.

"We had the rain in the afternoon and that surprised everybody, so the track was green again," Beatriz said. "At the beginning, I wanted to make sure that the car would be fine, and it was OK. But I got passed by two cars."

After a Lap 14 restart, she settled in and caught Davison on the low side in Turn 3. She led a field-high 45 laps.

Beatriz, competing in her 10th race, said the victory - the 25th for Sam Schmidt Motorsports, including four at Nashville Superspeedway - is a tribute to her abilities.

"I'm really, really happy to win as a driver, a driver that came from Brazil and is a rookie in the series," she said. "I'm really happy to be a winner as a driver, no matter of the gender."

The series moves to the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course for a doubleheader July 19-20.
Source: www.indycar.com/pro/news/story.php?story_id=11980

Brazil's Beatriz 1st woman to win Indy Lights race


Ana Beatriz of Brazil became the first woman to win on the Firestone Indy Lights Series, taking the rain-delayed Sunbelt Rentals 100 on Saturday at the Nashville Superspeedway.

Beatriz is one of five women who have taken part in the series, that started in 2002, to help develop drivers for the Indy Racing League's IndyCar series. She had finished as high as third three times previously this year.

She started on the front row beside James Davison, the pole-sitter and her Sam Schmidt Motorsports teammate, after a thunderstorm forced a nearly two-hour delay. But Beatriz dipped inside Davison going into Turn 3 on lap 33 and took the lead. Beatriz held onto that for the rest of the 77-lap, 100-mile race, winning by 1.2392 seconds ahead of Bobby Wilson.

"Our car was the best one today, and we did it," Beatriz said.

Mishael Abbott, Sarah McCune, Veronica McCann and Cyndie Allerman also had competed on this level. Beatriz said she thought she would prevail in St. Petersburg.

"I'm really, really happy to win as a driver, a driver that came from Brazil as a rookie in the series and really happy to be a winner as a driver," she said. "I don't know about gender."
Source: ap.google.com/article/ALeqM5jA6LnE4vDmuG9Fz-uKBfJnkVRGqwD91SK3F00

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Sam Schmidt Motorsports Ana Beatriz brought home a third-place result on the 7/8th mile oval matching her season's best finish at St. Petersburg.

"I was confident, but starting from sixth had me a little bit worried because it is so hard to pass here," she said.

"I'm happy, I'm proud with a third-place result under the circumstances."

Beatriz too was a victim of "traffic", herself penalized in-race for blocking at one point. "I'm not certain where it happened, and will have to go back and look at the tape, but I'm sure that race control was on top of the situation if they felt it happened."

With victory in books, Beatriz looking to challenge for title


Ana Beatriz grinned when a spectator at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course displayed a USA Today article that featured the Firestone Indy Lights driver.

Beatriz, who July 12 at Nashville Superspeedway became the first female to win in the series, was accepting congratulations in the paddock at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. The victory lifted Beatriz into championship contention. She's 49 points behind leader Richard Antinucci heading in to the doubleheader race weekend.

"It was something huge in a Brazil, like I was really, really excited that I could say that for one week we were more famous than Tony (Kanaan), Helio (Castroneves) because all the newspapers were talking about it," the driver of the No. 20 Healthy Choice/Sam Schmidt Motorsports car said. "And I'm really glad that all the press that are in Brazil did that. That's really, really nice."

Beatriz and Cyndie Allemann (No. 18 American Spirit Racing car), both first-year drivers in the series, are looked at as competitors and not by their gender. That wasn't the case in Beatriz's formative years.

"It was hard work, especially in the beginning," she said. "The boys were dominant, and I really had to do a lot of bad things to get their respect. I used to drive with Nelson Piquet Jr. in go-karting when we were 8 years old. And one day Nelson Piquet couldn't pass me, and then the session was over and Nelson Piquet's father was fighting with him because he couldn't pass me. What's that, you know? What's the problem? So it was really hard to get the respect.

"But by the time that I could win, start to win races, people just got used to me in Brazil so I didn't have many problems anymore and all the drivers started to respect me. Americans, they are really more acceptable about women racing than in Brazil and Europe."

Beatriz was 17th overall (1 minute, 15.7588 seconds; 107.298 mph) on the combined practice chart on the 2.258-mile, 13-turn Mid-Ohio circuit. Allemann was 15th quick (1:15.7323; 107.336).

"I think we improved from the first session to the second," Beatriz said. "The track changed a lot. I just had to adapt. I'm happy with the Healthy Choice/Sam Schmidt car, and I'm looking forward to a good rest of the weekend."
Source: By Dave Lewandowski, www.indycar.com/pro/news/story.php?story_id=12043

Results

2013 IRL Results (Grid/Finish/Qualifying Speed/Laps Completed/Status)

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Track

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Status

Mar 24

Streets of St. Petersburg

18
22
150/55
Mechanical

Apr 7

Barber Motorsports Park

25
24
90/65
Mechanical

Apr 21

Streets of Long Beach

24
14
80/80
Running

May 5

Streets of San Paulo

16
25
11/75
Mechanical

May 26

Indianapolis Motor Speedway

15
29

200/200

Running

Jun 15

Milwaukee Mile

20
19
242/250
Running

Jun 23

Iowa Speedway

Jun 7

Pocono

Jul 13

Streets of Toronto Rave 1

Jul 14

Streets of Toronto Race 2

Aug 4

Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course

Aug 25

Infineon Raceway

Sep 1

Streets of Baltimore

Oct 5

Houston Race 1

Oct 6

Houston Race 2

Oct 19

MAVTV Fontana

2012 IRL Results (Grid/Finish/Qualifying Speed/Laps Completed/Status)

Date

Track

Finish
Start
Laps
Status

Apr 29

Streets of San Paulo

20
19
73/75
Running

May 27

Indianapolis Motor Speedway

23
13
190/200
Running

2011 IRL Results (Grid/Finish/Qualifying Speed/Laps Completed/Status)

Date

Track

Start
Finish
Laps
Status

Mar 27

Streets of St. Petersburg , FL 1.8-mile street course

20
14
98

Running

Apr 10

Barber Motorsports Park, Alabama 2.38-mile road course

na
na
na

Wrist surgery

Apr 17

Streets of Long Beach Long Beach, CA 1.968-mile street course

26
19
83/85

Running

May 1

Streets of San Paulo, Brazil

25
24
31/55

Mechanical

May 29

Indianapolis Motor Speedway IN, 2.5-mile oval

32
21
197/200
Running

Jun 11

Texas Motor Speedway 1 Fort Worth, TX 1.5-mile oval

24
22
112/114
Running

Jun 11

Texas Motor Speedway 2 Fort Worth, TX 1.5-mile oval

15
22
113/114
Running

Jun 19

Milwaukee Mile , West Allis, WI 1-mile oval

11
17
222/225
Running

Jun 25

Iowa Speedway, .875-mile oval Newton, IA .875-mile oval

18
23
44/250
Contact

Jul 10

Streets of Toronto, 1.721-mile street course

26
11
85/85
Running

Jul 24

JAGflo Speedway at City Centre Airport, Edmonton, AB 1.973-mile airport course

23
13
80/80
Running

Aug 7

Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course , Lexington, OH, 2.258-mile road course

25
17
85/85
Running

Aug 14

New Hampshire

21
14
210/215
Running

Aug 28

Infineon Raceway , Sonoma, CA 2.245-mile road course

10
13
75/75
Running

Sep 4

Baltimore

20
16
75/75
Running

Sep 18

Twin Ring Motegi , Japan 1.5-mile oval

21
20
63/63
Running

Oct 2

Kentucky Speedway Sparta, KY 1.5-mile oval

20
24

165/200

Contact

Oct 16

Las Vegas

2010 IRL Results (Grid/Finish/Qualifying Speed/Laps Completed/Status)

Date

Track

Start
Finish
Laps
Status

3/14

Streets of San Paulo, Brazil

22
13
61/61
Running

5/30

Indianapolis

21
21
196/200
Running

8/28

Chicagoland

22
24
88/200
Mechanical

10/2

Homestead-Miami

15
26th
42/200
Contact

2009 Indy Lights

Date

Track

Start
Finish
Qual Speed
Laps
Status

4/3/09

St Petersburg

7
4
94.781
40
Running

4/4/09

St Petersburg

5
23
96.291
26
Contact

4/14/09

Long Beach

7
5
93.262
45
Running

4/25/09

Kansas

3
4
186.846
67
Running

5/21/09

Indianapolis

4
17
188.813
16
Contact

5/31/09

Milwaukee

-
-
-
-
-

6/20/09

Iowa

6
1
159.966
115
Running

7/3/09

Watkins Glen

16
9
122.948
30
Running

7/1o/09

Toronto

7
13
96.996
49
Running

7/26/09

Edmonton

10
12
105.430
49
Running

8/1/09

Kentucky

10
3
NA
67
Running

8/9/09

Mid-Ohio

14
12
105.649
40
Running

8/23/09

Infineon

3
5
99.3121
40
Running

8/29/09

Chicago

15
14
0.000
31
Contact

2008

Indy Lights
4 podiums - St Peterburg (3), Iowa Speedway (3), Watkins Glen (3), Nashville (1)

Finished third in Firestone Indy Lights point standings for Sam Schmidt Motorsports with one win, nine top-five finishes and 11 top-10 finishes.

Became first female driver to win in Firestone Indy Lights when she won at Nashville in July.

Named winner of the Firestone Indy Lights Rising Star Award

Car No C/E/T S F Qual Speed Laps XL LL Status Pts

Sat, 29 Mar 2008 - Homestead-Miami Speedway 6 7 185.802 67 0 0 Running 26

Sat, 05 Apr 2008 - Streets of St. Petersburg 3 3 95.969 40 0 0 Running 35

Sun, 06 Apr 2008 - Streets of St. Petersburg 2 16 95.969 32 1 7 Accident 14

Sun, 27 Apr 2008 - Kansas Speedway 5 14 0.000 67 0 0 Running 16

Sat, 24 May 2008 - Indianapolis Motor Speedway 4 5 0.000 40 0 0 Running 30

Sun, 01 Jun 2008 - The Milwaukee Mile 21 19 0.000 78 0 0 Running 11

Sat, 21 Jun 2008 - Iowa Speedway 6 3 159.548 115 0 0 Running 35

Sat, 05 Jul 2008 - Watkins Glen International 6 4 122.746 28 0 0 Running 32

Sat, 05 Jul 2008 - Watkins Glen International 3 3 0.000 29 1 9 Running 35

Sat, 12 Jul 2008 - Nashville Superspeedway 2 1 180.368 77 1 45 Running 52

Sat, 23 Aug 2008 - Infineon Raceway 3 0.000 30 0 0 Running

Key: No: Car Number C/E/T: Chassis/Engine/Tire S: Starting Position F: Finishing Position XL: Times Led LL: Laps Led Pts: Points

2007 - A1 GP

2006 - South American Formula 3
5th place - 5 podiums and one pole position
Award: São Paulo Citizen Driver

2005 - Formula Renault Brazil
3rd place - won 3 races: Campo Grande, Vitória and Tarumã
Pole Position in 4 races, Campo Grande, Vitória, Interlagos (twice)
Gold Helmet Award - Winner

2004 - Formula Renault Brazil
5th place

2003 - Karting
Rookie of the year - Brazilian Formula Renault
Best lap - Londrina
Best lap - Campo Grande
Champion - Sorriso Petrobrás Kart Cup
Runner-up - Petrobrás Karting Selective

2002 - Karting
Gold Helmet Award - Best Brazilian Driver
Runner-up - Brazilian Championship
3rd place - São Paulo Championship of karting cat. A

2001 - Karting
Gold Helmet Award - Best Brazilian Driver
Runner-up of Brazil Kart Cup

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