This will make three of the last four posts relating to women of the Indy Pro series. Please don't tell our buddy Leilani but I think this one might have the best chance to win this year. Seriously, the girl just got engaged and we wouldn't want to throw off her mojo.
Sam Schmidt Motorsports announced Friday (January 11th) that it has signed 22-year old Brazilian Ana Beatriz [formerly Figueiredo, pronounced Fig-a-re-doh--Editor], aka “Bia,” to drive one of its Indy Pro Series machines for the 2008 season.Yes friends, not only has Bia actually won a few races, but she's racing for Sam Schmidt and she's Brazilian. That's about as close to a sure thing as you can get. Bia Believah!
Bia hails from São Paulo and has raced since she was eight years of age, meeting great success in Brazil’s karting championships and formula car ladder.
She has three years of experience in the Brazilian Formula Renault series, highlighted with earning rookie of the year honors in 2003 and having three wins and four pole positions in the 2005 season.
The São Paulo Citizen Driver Award was given to her in 2006, and she has been awarded three coveted “Gold Helmet” awards – an award considered to be one of the highest honors in Brazil.
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