Ana Beatriz will make her return to the IndyCar Series with Andretti Autosport

The Andretti Autosport team has announced that Ana Beatriz will make her IndyCar Series return with the team at the upcoming Sao Paulo Indy 300 and Indianapolis 500 events.

A two-time race-winner in Indy Lights (and indeed, the first female racer to win in that category), Beatriz made her IndyCar Series debut in 2010 with four race appearances with Dreyer & Reinbold Racing.

In 2011, she joined the series full-time with the same team, and achieved a best finish of eleventh at Toronto en route to finishing 21st overall in the Drivers’ Championship standings.

Beatriz’s upcoming return will be in a Chevrolet-powered entry jointly run by Andretti and the semi-defunct Conquest Racing outfit, which is currently not fielding an entry in the IndyCar Series. She had also tested with the team during the off-season.

“Driving for Andretti Autosport is the biggest opportunity I’ve had in IndyCar and my career,” Beatriz is quoted as saying. “I am very honoured to be part of [the] team for Brazil and the Indy 500.”

The announcement of Beatriz’s signing effectively gives Andretti a five-car entry at the Indianapolis 500. Alongside full-time drivers Marco Andretti, Ryan Hunter-Reay and James Hinchcliffe, Beatriz will also be joined by its test driver Sebastian Saavedra, who sits second in the Indy Lights championship.

The following two tabs change content below.

Richard Bailey

Founder & Chief Editor at MotorsportM8
Hasn't missed a Grand Prix since 1989. Has a soft spot for Minardi. Tattooed with 35+ Grand Prix circuits.