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Beatriz back for Sao Paulo and Indianapolis

"Our team has had a lot of momentum recently and this is a program that fits in very well with everything we are doing in other series," he continued. "This will be a historic year for the 500 with all new cars and it gives us a great opportunity to fight for a top spot with Ana in the car."

Beatriz was the first female driver to win a race in the Firestone Indy Lights series with victory in the 2008 Nashville race. She went on to compete in 20 IndyCar races, starting with the São Paulo race in 2010 and claiming a career-best result of 11th at Toronto in 2011.

Beatriz' signing for the two rounds highlights the importance of the Brazilian market as a course of sponsorship for IndyCar teams, especially now that the series has extra interest from Brazilian fans after the signing of Rubens Barrichello as a full time series regular.

"Brazil is an important, growing market for many of our sponsors, so to have a Brazilian driver and Ipiranga come aboard with us made a lot of sense," agreed Andretti. Ipiranga is one of Brazil's iconic petroleum and convenience retail companies.

As well as Beatriz and the regular three-car line-up of Ryan Hunter-Reay, Marco Andretti and James Hinchcliffe, the team will also be fielding another 2011 season regular, Sebastian Saavedra, in an AFS Racing co-entry at Indianapolis. Saavedra is back in Firestone Indy Lights this season and won his first race of the season at Barber Motorsports park. He is also working as a test and reserve driver for the Andretti IndyCar squad in 2012.




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Ana Beatriz sets out onto the Indianapolis Motor Speedway during practice. [Picture credit: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media]
Ana Beatriz and Dennis Reinbold confer. [Picture credit: IndyCar Media]
Ana Beatriz at Infineon Raceway, Sonoma [Photo Credit: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media]
Cars jostling for position through turn 2 during the start of the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma at Sonoma Racewa (Photo by: Richard Dowdy for IndyCar Media)
The confetti flies as Scott Dixon celebrates winning the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma at Sonoma Raceway (Photo by: John Cote for IndyCar Media)
Scott Dixon takes the twin chequered flags to win the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma at Sonoma Raceway (Photo by: John Cote for IndyCar Media)
Scott Dixon celebrates his win in Victory Circle after the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma at Sonoma Raceway (Photo by: John Cote for IndyCar Media)
The cars of Ryan Briscoe and Sebastien Bourdais go off course during the start of the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma at Sonoma Raceway (Photo by: Richard Dowdy for IndyCar Media)
The cars of Ryan Briscoe and Sebastien Bourdais go off course during the start of the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma at Sonoma Raceway (Photo by: Richard Dowdy for IndyCar Media)
The cars of Ryan Briscoe and Sebastien Bourdais go off course during the start of the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma at Sonoma Raceway (Photo by: Richard Dowdy for IndyCar Media)
The field scatters as the drivers avoid the cars of Sebastien Bourdais and Ryan Briscoe at Sonoma Raceway (Photo by: Richard Dowdy for IndyCar Media)
Scott Dixon and the #9 Target Chip Ganassi team celebrate after the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Scott Dixon poses with the trophies after the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Ryan Hunter-Reay, Scott Dixon and Simon Pagenaud on the podium after the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Scott Dixon toasts his success in the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
The confetti flies as Scott Dixon celebrates winning the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma at Sonoma Raceway (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Scott Dixon celebrates winning the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Scott Dixon, driver of the #9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet IndyCar V6, celebrates his victory Sunday, August 24, 2014, winning the IndyCar race at Sonoma Raceway in Sonoma, California. (Photo by Russell LaBounty/LAT for Chevy Racing)

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