The only woman in the world to win in the Firestone Indy Lights and in the Fórmula Renault, the Brazilian female racing driver Ana Beatriz is preparing herself to make her debut at Fórmula Indy in 2010. She should become the first woman in Brazil to race in a top series of the international motorsport.
Natural from the city of São Paulo with 24 years old, she started to race with karting by the age of nine, in 1994, and stayed in karting until 2003, when she made her debut in Fórmula Renault Brasil, a series where she won three races in 2005. In 2006, she raced in Fórmula 3 Sul-Americana.
In 2007, she practice in Europe; she participated in the A1 GP Rookie Drivers’ programme with the Brazilian Team, in China, being invited by Emerson Fittipaldi, experience that she repeated in 2009, in Portugal; and she practiced in the Firestone Indy Lights, in the United States of America.
In 2008, she made her debut in the Firestone Indy Lights, and ended with the third place in the championship, racing by Sam Schmidt Motorsports.
In her second season with the team, in 2009, she could not participate in two races, and ended the championship in the eighth place.
She won a race, in the oval circuit of Nashville, in 2008, and another race, in the oval circuit of Iowa, in 2009.
In 2008, she was honored by the Firestone Indy Lights organization by receiving the Rising Star Award, and in 2009 she won the Most Popular Indy Light Driver Award, being chosen in a poll from the members of the IndyCar Nation, Indy’s official fan club, as the most popular driver of the Firestone Indy Lights.