- Jacques Villeneuve will attempt to make Indianapolis 500 starts 19 years apart, bettering Cy Marshall & Roland Free's 17-year gap set in 1947.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Bia In At Chicago

IZOD IndyCar Series rookie, Ana Beatriz, will be returning to the cockpit yet again this season.  The 25-year-old Brazilian will pilot the #24 DRR chassis at Chicagoland, replacing the injured Mike Conway.

After taking her first IICS green flag in her homeland of Brazil, Bia became the highest qualifying of the 4 woman at Indianapolis, running both races in the Dreyer and Reinbold Racing #25.  Beatriz will become the 5th driver to replace Mike Conway since his horrific incident at Indianapolis earlier this season.  Tomas Scheckter ran as the replacement for Conway at Texas, Graham Rahal signed on for Iowa, Paul Tracy ran at Watkins Glen, Scheckter returned for the Canadian rounds in Toronto and Edmonton, and rookie J.R. Hildebrand piloted the #24 at the last to rounds in Mid-Ohio and Sonoma.

"During the past three months, my agents, Andre Ribeiro, Augusto Cesario, and I, have been working on establishing a full-season program for 2011. In order to stay fit, I have been karting and I have added a new challenge to my calendar like the Rio de Janeiro Half Marathon.

I hope my past experience at Chicago pays off with a good finish. I am very excited to be back with the Dreyer & Reinbold team. I wish to thank Dennis Reinbold, Robbie Buhl and Larry Curry for their confidence in me." - Ana Beatriz

"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." - DRR Co-owner, Dennis Reinbold

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