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Beatriz back for Sao Paulo and Indianapolis

Brazilian driver Ana Beatriz will be back in action for two upcoming races in the 2012 IZOD IndyCar Series at São Paulo and Indianapolis with Andretti Autosport.
Brazil's Ana Beatriz will be back in the cockpit for the forthcoming races in São Paulo, Brazil and the Indianapolis 500 in May., driving the Andretti Autosport #25 Chevrolet sponsored by Ipiranga car.

The deal means that Beatriz will be added as a 27th car to the regular 26-car line-up as a 'promoter selection' for her home race in São Paulo on April 29.

“After the decisions had been made, race promoter BAND asked us to add Ana Beatriz to the field and we were happy to accommodate that request without limiting the field for the race,” said series CEO Randy Bernard, confirming that the previously announced 26-car cap for flyaway races would be waived in this instance.

“Driving for Andretti Autosport is the biggest opportunity I've had in IndyCar and my career," said the 27-year-old Brazilian, who last year participated in the full IZOD IndyCar Series season with Dreyer & Reinbold Racing alongside Justin Wilson.

“I've been watching Bia for a few years," said team CEO Michael Andretti. "She was very strong in Firestone Indy Lights, and I was impressed by the pace she showed there. This opportunity is a good fit for us as a team."

"I am very honored to be part of Michael's team for Brazil and the Indy 500," added Beatriz. "Andretti couldn't be a better fit. I am very much looking forward to working with the team, Marco [Andretti], James [Hinchcliffe] and Ryan [Hunter-Reay]."

Andretti will be partnering with Conquest Racing to support the #25, with Conquest owner Eric Bachelart happy to be back in action after his team was left on the sidelines for the opening races of 2012 because of the lack of an engine supply deal.

"This opportunity came to us late so we are grateful for the operational support provided by Conquest Racing," said Andretti.

"We are very happy to be partnering with Andretti Autosport in this project," responded Conquest Racing's owner, Eric Bachelart. They are a top organization and we look forward to developing a successful relationship with them.




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