May 2, 2013, 12:00 PM EST
Ana Beatriz is the third of the Brazilians in the field at this weekend’s IndyCar race in Sao Paulo, after Helio Castroneves and Tony Kanaan. In what has been a stop-start career, “Bia” has more experience at Sao Paulo than any other track on the calendar except Indianapolis, as she has been in all three prior races on this street circuit.
Beatriz avoided trouble in the rain-drenched 2010 race, advancing from 22nd to 13th by the finish in her IndyCar debut. That run in an extra Dreyer & Reinbold car helped provide her the opportunity to race in the Indianapolis 500 later that year.
A year later, things got worse, with a forgettable 25th place qualifying effort and retiring due to gearbox failure.
Andretti Autosport fielded an extra car for her a year ago in partnership with Eric Bachelart’s Conquest squad, and after having only one day in testing in the new Dallara DW12, Beatriz qualified a respectable 19th and ended 20th.
Beatriz has had the toughest start to the season of any driver this year, with the second Dale Coyne Racing entry. The team’s setup has not yet been dialed in, although some minor strides were made at Long Beach.
Keeping the car in one piece ahead of the month of May at Indianapolis will be the best result for “Bia,” who some feel is a much better driver than her IndyCar career results would indicate.
Coyne expands to three cars for Indianapolis with Pippa Mann’s announcement earlier this week, marking the first time the team has done so since 1999 (Michel Jourdain Jr., Gualter Salles and Luiz Garcia Jr. at the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach).
Dec 20, 2013, 10:00 PM EST
Sauber has completed its roster for the 2014 Formula One World Championship, as Russian racer Sergey Sirotkin has been announced as the team’s test driver alongside race drivers Adrian Sutil and Esteban Gutierrez. Sirotkin, who finished ninth in this year’s Formula Renault 3.5 championship with podium finishes at Aragon, Spain and the Hungaroring, became a…
Dec 20, 2013, 9:24 PM EST
Esteban Gutierrez has been confirmed to a second season at Sauber, which ends a several-month long saga about his future in the team. The Mexican rookie came on in the second half of 2013, even though he failed to match highly rated teammate Nico Hulkenberg in the lead car. His only points finish was a…
Dec 20, 2013, 8:55 PM EST
Red Bull announced earlier today that Pierre Wache has become the team’s new head of vehicle dynamics, replacing Mark Ellis who is set to move to Mercedes next summer. Wache previously served as Red Bull’s chief engineer of car performance and joined the World Champions this past June following his departure from Sauber. The move…
Dec 20, 2013, 7:39 PM EST
This week’s test session at Sebring International Raceway marked the first time working together for Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing’s driver/engineer tandem of Josef Newgarden (pictured, from September’s Grand Prix of Baltimore) and Jeremy Milless. Milless, who recently was promoted to chief engineer on Newgarden’s No. 67 Honda, has been with SFHR since the 2012 season…
Dec 20, 2013, 6:23 PM EST
The much-maligned double points award for Formula One season finales may not be long for this world according to Formula One kingpin Bernie Ecclestone. The British billionaire has told the UK’s Telegraph newspaper that the controversial rule could be scrapped as soon as next month’s meeting of the F1 Strategy Group. But in doing so,…
Dec 20, 2013, 5:00 PM EST
Billy Scott will be the man atop the pit box for the No. 55 Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota and driver Brian Vickers in the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship. Scott, an MWR member since 2008, has served as the lead engineer for the No. 55 car over the last two seasons. “I’m honored, but…
Dec 20, 2013, 3:31 PM EST
The FIA’s Land Speed Records Commission has homologated two of Colin Braun‘s record speed runs this past October at Daytona International Speedway as official world records. The world records are for 10 kilometers (203.010 mph) and 10 miles (210.017 mph), both from a standing start. Braun achieved the marks in a Ford Ecoboost-powered Daytona Prototype…
Dec 20, 2013, 3:00 PM EST
The ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards has testing at Daytona International Speedway this weekend. ARCA, while not affiliated directly with NASCAR, is a stock car racing series that generally kicks off Daytona Speedweeks in style with a barnburner of a 200-mile race. Of note, two female drivers have some races confirmed in the series…
Dec 20, 2013, 2:30 PM EST
Christmas is a special time everywhere but depending on the locale, the traditions of the season can be rather unique. Just ask Team Penske’s Will Power, who hails from Toowoomba, Australia – a place that has its own ways of celebrating the holiday. For example, instead of chestnuts, Power maintains that he and his loved…
Dec 20, 2013, 2:00 PM EST
Ferrari is offering its fans the chance to name its 2014 Formula One car, via a fan vote on the Internet, which could be perilous. Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo announced the news at the company’s annual pre-Christmas dinner with Italian media at Fiorano. Recently, the Ferrari nomenclature has been a simple F-year, F2012 being…
Dec 20, 2013, 1:20 PM EST
Former Toyota and Sauber driver Kamui Kobayashi could be making a trip back to Formula One in 2014. Since departing from Hinwil in 2012, Kobayashi has been driving a Ferrari for AF Corse in the FIA World Endurance Championship and didn’t do badly with four podium finishes this past season. But Autoweek contributor Adam Cooper…
Dec 20, 2013, 1:00 PM EST
Here’s a brief roundup of teams and drivers that have tested at least one day since the end of the IndyCar Series season at Fontana. Drivers in italics do not have a confirmed seat for 2014: Chip Ganassi Racing: Scott Dixon, Tony Kanaan, Charlie Kimball, Alex Tagliani Team Penske: Will Power, Helio Castroneves, Juan Pablo…
Dec 20, 2013, 12:00 PM EST
We’ve written a lot in the week since Ryan Briscoe was picked to be Chip Ganassi Racing’s fourth driver about his return to the team, but not nearly as much about reigning Indianapolis 500 champion Tony Kanaan actually taking over the No. 10 Target IndyCar from Dario Franchitti. Things are coming a bit full circle…
Dec 20, 2013, 11:30 AM EST
After talking about the big stories and ranking our Top 10 drivers from the 2013 FIA Formula One World Championship season, my colleague Chris Estrada and I are taking a look back on how each of the 23 Formula One drivers who took to the grid fared this past year. Filling in at Lotus for…
Dec 20, 2013, 11:00 AM EST
After talking about the big stories and ranking our Top 10 drivers from the 2013 FIA Formula One World Championship season, my colleague Chris Estrada and I are taking a look back on how each of the 23 Formula One drivers who took to the grid fared this past year. Making history in 2013 –…
Dec 20, 2013, 10:30 AM EST
After talking about the big stories and ranking our Top 10 drivers from the 2013 FIA Formula One World Championship season, my colleague Chris Estrada and I are taking a look back on how each of the 23 Formula One drivers who took to the grid fared this past year. It was a relatively anonymous…
Dec 20, 2013, 10:00 AM EST
After talking about the big stories and ranking our Top 10 drivers from the 2013 FIA Formula One World Championship season, my colleague Chris Estrada and I are taking a look back on how each of the 23 Formula One drivers who took to the grid fared this past year. Gaining confidence as his rookie…
Dec 20, 2013, 9:30 AM EST
After talking about the big stories and ranking our Top 10 drivers from the 2013 FIA Formula One World Championship season, my colleague Chris Estrada and I are taking a look back on how each of the 23 Formula One drivers who took to the grid fared this past year. We’re at the back of…
Dec 20, 2013, 9:00 AM EST
The DeltaWing Racing Cars team has made a splash for its Rolex 24 at Daytona 2014 lineup. Caterham Formula One reserve driver Alexander Rossi will join team regulars Andy Meyrick and Katherine Legge aboard the team’s No. 0 DeltaWing DWC13 Coupe for Daytona. The Jan. 25-26 race opens the 2014 TUDOR United SportsCar Championship season.…
Dec 19, 2013, 7:00 PM EST
Here’s a quick update on drivers who have been officially announced for the 2014 TUDOR United SportsCar Championship. The full entry list was announced earlier this month. Drivers are next to the team, car, and 2013 class for the car: P Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates (Ford Ecoboost Riley, DP): 01-Scott Pruett/Memo Rojas (full…