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.