Beatriz beat Stefan Wilson to the second DCR seat for St. Pete. (LAT photo)
Ana Beatriz will contest IndyCar's St. Petersburg season opener with the Dale Coyne Racing squad. Beatriz's confirmation finalizes a 25-car entry for the opening IZOD IndyCar Series round of 2013.
The 28-year-old Brazilian, who ran with the team during last week's open test at Barber Motorsport Park alongside Stefan Wilson, will partner Stefan's older brother Justin at the opener for the Honda-powered team.
Beatriz had her first full IndyCar Series campaign with Dreyer & Reinbold in 2011, but last year was restricted to one-off outings at Sao Paulo and the Indianapolis 500, both with Andretti Autosport. Her only previous IndyCar appearance at St. Petersburg came in 2011 when she finished 14th from 20th on the grid. Her best result in the series remains her 11th-place finish at Toronto in the same year.
Schmidt Peterson's Tristan Vautier is the only driver without previous IndyCar experience of the track, although he won last year's Indy Lights event en route to the 2012 crown.
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