Indianapolis, Indiana – May 20, 2012 – It was a strong showing for the #25 Andretti/Conquest Racing entry yesterday during qualifying for the Indy 500, as Ana Beatriz recorded a four-lap average speed of 223.920mph placing her 13th in the grid for next weekend’s race. After a week of practice for what will be the team’s first start in the 2012 IZOD IndyCar Series season, the Andretti/Conquest Racing crew have shown steady progress and will be the highest placed non full-time entry on the starting grid.
Beatriz will be making her third start in her Ipiranga machine at the historic 500-mile event, her previous best qualifying effort was 21st in 2010, and she has finished 21st in both of her previous starts at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
After another full day of practice today the team will spend next week preparing their #25 Chevy powered machine for the race and will be back on track on Friday for Miller Lite Carb Day. The 96th running of the Indianapolis 500 wil ltake place Sunday may 27th and will be broadcast live on ABC at 11:00am Eastern Time.
Eric Bachelart Team PrincipalAndretti/Conquest Racing Team
“I am very happy with our performance and with Ana’s work and professionalism, it has been a pleasure to work with her, she is very talented and we are definitely looking forward to the race next weekend.
Overall it has been a great month of May so far for our team, our qualifying speed showed the hard work that everybody’s put into this project and we will keep it up to make sure it carries over to the race. Our collaboration with Andretti Autosport has been very successful and there’s still a lot more to come.”