Ana Beatriz will keep her drive in Dale Coyne Racing’s second car until at least the Indianapolis 500, the team has announced.
The Brazilian initially joined the team for a couple of one-off outings in 2013 – she finished in 22nd place a fortnight ago at the season-opening Grand Prix of St Petersburg – but this has now expanded to include drivers at Alabama, Long Beach Sao Paulo and the Indianapolis 500.
Beatriz’s stop-start IndyCar career amounts to a total of 23 races, although this weekend will mark her first appearance at Barber Motorsport Park. In her only full-time season of competition in 2011, she was forced to skip the event after suffering a fractured wrist at St Petersburg.
Beatriz secured this drive after Stefan Wilson (brother of Dale Coyne’s full-time racer, Justin) was unable to put together a deal in time to make his own IndyCar Series debut. The Englishman is confident that he will be able to string together a few drivers with the team later in the year.