ANA BEATRIZ JOINS DREYER AND REINBOLD RACING FOR THE INDIANAPOLIS 500 Indianapolis, IN (May 10, 2010) - Dreyer and Reinbold Racing announced today that Brazilian driver, Ana Beatriz, will drive the team's No. 25 car as a fourth entry for the...
ANA BEATRIZ JOINS DREYER AND REINBOLD RACING FOR THE INDIANAPOLIS 500
Indianapolis, IN (May 10, 2010) - Dreyer and Reinbold Racing announced today that Brazilian driver, Ana Beatriz, will drive the team's No. 25 car as a fourth entry for the 94th running of the Indianapolis 500.
"We are excited about having Ana back with the team. She did a great job for us in Brazil and it's good to have her in our fourth entry. Ana really showed us her talent when we ran her back in March. We look forward to running her as she attempts to make her Indianapolis 500 debut," commented Dreyer & Reinbold Racing Co-Owner, Dennis Reinbold.
The Brazilian driver made her debut IZOD IndyCar at her home race in Brazil a couple of months ago. The Sao Paulo native proved that she was 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 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, Vitoria and Tarumã) and four pole positions (Campo Grande, Vitoria, Interlagos (twice). Beatriz won a Gold Helmet Award and in 2004 finished fifth in Brazilian Formula Renault.
"I'm very excited to be back in an IZOD IndyCar with Dreyer & Reinbold Racing and to be competing in the biggest open-wheel event in the world, the Indianapolis 500. It will be a dream come true to have my debut in the Indy 500 in the Centennial Era and I hope to have a smooth and very competitive month of May. Hopefully my experience in Indy Lights can help me at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. I would like to thank Ipiranga/ FlowGuardGold / Monange in helping to make this dream possible and Dreyer & Reinbold Racing for believing in my career. I would also like to thank Andre Ribeiro and Augusto Cesario for all of their efforts in putting my Indy 500 program together," stated Ana Beatriz.
Ana Beatriz will put her talent and experience to the test this weekend as she will practice around the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the first time in an IZOD IndyCar car. Official practice for the 94th running of the Indianapolis 500 will get underway on Saturday, May 15th. For more updates on the team please visit www.dreyerreinboldracing.com.