Tuesday, 24 August 2010 19:47
Dreyer & Reinbold Racing announced today that Brazilian driver, Ana Beatriz, will replace the injured Mike Conway this weekend and will drive the team"s #24 Dad's Root Beer entry for the Peak Indy 300, August 28th.
"We are excited about having Ana back with the team. She did a great job for us in Brazil and in Indianapolis. It will be good to have her in our car again. Ana really showed us her talent when we ran her back in March and May. We look forward to running her as she competes at Chicagoland Speedway," commented Dreyer & Reinbold Racing co-owner, Dennis Reinbold.
The Brazilian driver made her debut IZOD IndyCar appearance at her home race in Brazil a couple of months ago and again in May at the Indianapolis 500.
The Sao Paulo native proved that she wa s ready to be in the IZOD IndyCar Series as she was the highest finishing rookie and female for the season opener.
Beatriz competed 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 World Cup of Motorsport 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 a great honour to be invited to drive the #24 Dad's Root Beer car replacing Mike Conway. I have been keeping myself fit here in Brazil, as the plan was to run more races this season and get more experience for the 2011 IZOD IndyCar Season. I would like to thank Dennis, Robbie and Larry for the confidence and I hope I can keep the high professional level that DRR had while Mike was driving the car," stated Ana Beatriz.
Ana Beatriz will be putting her talent and experience back in action this weekend when she competes at Chicagoland Speedway for the first time in an IZOD IndyCar car.