Dreyer & Reinbold gets Beatriz for full season

By indycar.com staff

Dreyer & Reinbold Racing announced that Ana Beatriz will return to the team to compete in the full IZOD IndyCar Series season.

“The No. 24 car has special meaning to Dreyer & Reinbold Racing and we are elated to partner with Bia and Ipiranga full-time in 2011,” team co-owner Dennis Reinbold said. “Bia is a true professional in and out of the car; we couldn’t think of a more appropriate fit to our organization and all of our partners.

Ipiranga is the biggest private petroleum and derivates distributor in Brazil, which includes 5,600 Ipiranga-branded gas stations. Also, there are more than 1,000 AMPM stores and more than 680 Jet Oil and Jet Oil Motorcycles that specialize in services for cars and motorcycles, with owned franchises installed at the gas stations.
Beatriz joined D&RR on a limited basis in 2010, making her IZOD IndyCar debut on the streets of Sao Paulo, Brazil, with a 13th-place finish. She competed in Firestone Indy Lights in 2008 and 2009, compiling two victories.

“I’m definitely thrilled to have my deal done with Dreyer & Reinbold Racing and Ipiranga,” said Beatriz, who will join veteran Justin Wilson with the team. “It’s a dream come true that this has all come together. Last year was important for me to run four races to get adjusted and for this year I feel more prepared than ever. It’s great to be back at D&RR; they know me already and what it takes to make me grow as a driver.”

The Indianapolis-based crew will hit the pavement March 14-15 for the first Open Test of the season at Barber Motorsports Park in Alabama. The season-opening Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg is March 25-27.

“I think this is the best focus we’ve had in years,” team co-owner and former IndyCar Series driver Robbie Buhl said. “We’ve put ourselves in another great position to have two very competitive entries and we couldn’t be happier. Bia is an exceptional driver and we are thrilled to have her on board with us. It’s also great to have Ipiranga join us and we look forward to building our partnership with them.”

source http://www.indycar.com

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