History Made Yet Again at Chicagoland? Five Females Expected to Compete in PEAK 300
UPDATE: It's Official - Five female drivers will start the PEAK Antifreeze and Motor Oil INDY 300 today at Chicagoland Speedway - the largest in IndyCar history.
History could be made yet again at the PEAK® Antifreeze and Motor Oil INDY 300 IZOD IndyCar® Series race at Chicagoland Speedway this Saturday. Five female drivers are expected to be a part of the 29-car line-up - the most to ever start an IZOD IndyCar Series race.
On Tuesday, Dreyer & Reinbold Racing announced that Ana Beatriz will make her third IZOD IndyCar Series start of the season, behind the wheel of the No. 24 Dad’s Root Beer entry.
The inclusion of Beatriz in Chicagoland Speedway’s largest field ever marks only the second time this season that a series-record five females will attempt to compete in the same event. Sarah Fisher (Sarah Fisher Racing), Simona de Silvestro (Team Stargate Worlds/HVM Racing), Danica Patrick (Andretti Autosport) and Milka Duno (Dale Coyne Racing) also are entered. Earlier this year, five female drivers attempted to qualify for the Indianapolis 500l; however, only four made the starting field. All five are expected to qualify in Chicago.
Beatriz, a two-time oval race winner in Firestone Indy Lights®, competed in a Dreyer & Reinbold Racing car for the season-opening Sao Paulo Indy 300 in her native Brazil (advanced nine positions to finish 13th) and in the Indianapolis 500 (finished 21st). She has also raced at Chicagoland Speedway twice, finishing second at the 1.5-mile tri-oval in 2008.
“I hope my past experience at Chicago pays off with a good finish,” said Beatriz. “I am very excited to be back with the Dreyer & Reinbold team. I wish to thank Dennis Reinbold, Robbie Buhl and Larry Curry for their confidence in me.”
Of the five female drivers expected to participate in Saturday night's race, Patrick has the most experience at Chicagoland. The Roscoe, Ill., native has competed in all five IZOD IndyCar Series races at the track since her rookie season in 2005, scoring two top-10 finishes and one pole position. She also finished 24th in her first NASCAR® Nationwide Series race at the track in July.
“I'm really looking forward to getting back on an oval,” said Patrick, driver of the No. 7 Team GoDaddy.com car. “I like Chicagoland and am ready for that style of racing again. It seems like it's been forever. I've had some good results there and I hope this weekend is another one of those weekends for the GoDaddy car.”
For the first time ever, fans can now purchase individual tickets to Chicagoland Speedway's NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and IZOD IndyCar Series races, Aug. 27-28, 2010. Tickets start at just $49 for adults and $20 for children ages 12 and under, and can be purchased by calling 888-629-RACE (7223) or logging on to www.chicagolandspeedway.com. For information regarding group ticket packages, call 815-722-5500.
AUGUST 27-28 NASCAR® CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES / IZOD INDYCAR® SERIES WEEKEND:
Aug. 27, 2010: Ansell® Protective Gloves 150 ARCA Racing Series presented by RE/MAX® and Menards®
Aug. 27, 2010: NASCAR® Camping World Truck Series race
Aug. 28, 2010: Firestone Indy Lights® race
Aug. 28, 2010: PEAK® Antifreeze and Motor Oil INDY 300 IZOD IndyCar® Series race