Ana Beatriz will remain in the second Dale Coyne Racing car until at least the Indy 500, the team confirmed today.
The Brazilian joined the team on a part-time basis ahead of the season-opener at St. Petersburg two weeks ago, where she finished 22nd. Although she has 23 IndyCar starts to her credit, this weekend will mark her first race at the Alabama circuit. In 2011, the only year in which she was signed for a full season, she was forced to miss the Barber race after suffering a wrist injury in a crash at St. Petersburg.
Beatriz shared the Coyne car with Justin Wilson's younger brother Stefan Wilson during pre-season testing at Barber, with the original plan being for the Brit to race the car this weekend. The younger Wilson posted on Twitter that he had been unable to put together a deal in time for Barber, but remains optimistic of being able to race later in the year.
"Want to wish the best to Ana and the No.18 crew and Dale Coyne Racing," Wilson tweeted. "Wasn't able to get things sorted in time for the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama. Hoping there will be an opportunity to do a few IndyCar races later this season."