BIOGRAPHY

Ana Beatriz Figueiredo aka Bia was born in São Paulo, Brazil, on March 18th, 1985. She began to enjoy watching racing when she was five, but at eight, she started competing in karts, even though she was also in ballet, riding, volleyball and soccer classes. When she turned fifteen, she decided to be a professional race car driver.

In 2002, Bia was trained by Nailor Campos in karts. He was the coach of former driver André Ribeiro, who became Bia’s mentor.

In 2003, she debuted in Formula Renault Brazil with team Cesario Formula, whose owner, who became her mentor too. Bia ran three years in Formula Renault. She was Rookie of the year in 2003 and in 2005 she became the first woman in the world to win in Formula Renault, at Campo Grande (MS), then at the streets of Vitória (ES) and again at the chalenging circuit of Tarumã (RS), earning the pole position in the first two.

In 2004, she was 2ndplace in the Formula 3 Light Championship.

In 2006, driving in South American Formula 3, still with the Cesario Formula, Bia became the first woman in the world to win a pole position in the main class of Formula 3 in the world. The same year she concluded her business degree at FMU – School Metropolitan University, in São Paulo.

In 2007, Bia was part of A1 GP taking part in a rookie session with an invite from  Emerson Fittipaldi. She lived for four months in England, following the British Formula 3 and tested in Formula Renault for the Hitech team. By the end of the year she did tests with Sam Schmidt Motorsports in Firestone Indy Lights in the United States.

In 2008, Bia debuted in Firestone Indy Lights driving with Sam Schmidt Motorsports, and became the first woman in the world to reach the podium of the category, with a third place in the second race of the season, at the streets of Saint Petersburg, the first one to finish among the top five in the Freedon 100 at Indianapolis, and the first woman to win a race in the series at the oval circuit of Nashville. With six podiums, four thirds, a second place and one win, she ended the season in third position and was honored by the Indy Racing League with the Firestone Rising Star Award.

Bia had a tough year in 2009, fighting for the tittle, she saw her chances falling  into place in Indianapolis, when she had a terrible accident that took her out of 2 races in the season. She had a high light win at Iowa Speedway and earned the Most Popular Driver Award of 2009.

A high level performance in Indy Lights guaranteed her to debut in IndyCar in 2010 at her home town São Paulo Brazil where she became the first Brazilian women ever to reach the top in an open wheel series in the world. Signed to run her first Indy500 where she was the best rookie qualified. 2010 highlighted a amazing win at Felipe Massa’s go kart event: “Star Challenge” where many top international drivers are invited to come. She passed her friend and idol Rubens Barrichello to win a historical final. Ran Indy Car from 2010 to 2013 in partial seasons and got her best Indy500 position with Dale Coyne on 2013 finishing 15th.

On 2014 she was offered the opportunity to race a complete season in the biggest Brazilian Championship, StockCar Brazil, where big Brazilian F1 drivers like Rubens Barrichello, Ricardo Zonta, Antonio Pizzonia, Luciano Burti race.

CAREER

2014 - Present

2018 | StockCar Brasil
A.Mattheis/Ipiranga Racing

2017 | StockCar Brasil
AmPm Full Time Academy

2016 | StockCar Brasil
AmPm União Química Racing (Bassani)

2015 | StockCar Brasil
AmPm União Química Racing (Bassani)

2014 | StockCar Brasil
AmPm Pro GP Team

2008 - 2013

2013 | IndyCar Series
Partial Season with Ipiranga Dale Coyne Racing

2013 | Indy500 
15th place; 4th fastest lap; Biggest Mover (14 places) with Ipiranga Dale Coyne Racing

2012 | IndyCar Series
2 races IndyCar Series with Andretti Autosport

2011 | IndyCar Series
Full Season –  Ipiranga Dreyer Reinbold Racing

2010 | IndyCar Series
Debut in IndyCar Series – 4 races
Best Rookie/ Woman race finish at her race debut in São Paulo Brazil 13th.
Best Rookie Qualified for Indy500

2009 | Firestone Indy Lights
1st Place at Iowa Grand Prix
Indy Lights Most Popular Driver Award

2008 | Firestone Indy Lights
3rd place – Sam Schmidt Motorsport Team
6 podiums – St Peterburg, Iowa Speedway, Watkins Glen, Nashville, Infineon, Chicagoland
One victory – Nashville
Rising Star Award

2004 - 2007

2007 | A1 GP
Rookie driver for brazilian team in China
Testing in Europe

2006 | South American Formula 3
5th place – 5 podiums and one pole position
Award: São Paulo Citizen Driver

2005 | Formula Renault Brazil
5th place
2nd place in South American F3 Lights

2004 | Formula Renault Brazil 
5th place in Formula Renault Brazil

2004 | South American F3 Lights
2nd place in South American F3 Lights

1994 - 2003

2003 | Kart
Rookie of the year – Brazilian Formula Renault
Best lap – Londrina and Campo Grande

2003 | Kart
Champion – Sorriso Petrobrás Kart Cup
2nd place – Petrobrás Karting Selective

2002 | Kart
Gold Helmet Award – Best Brazilian Driver
2nd place – Brazilian Championship
3rd place – São Paulo Championship of karting cat. A

2001 | Kart
Gold Helmet Award – Best Brazilian Driver
2nd of Brazil Kart Cup
Pole Position – Brazilian Championship – cat. A
3rd place – Brazilian Championship – cat. A
3rd place – São Paulo Championship

2000 | Kart (Categoria B)
2nd place – São Paulo Campionship
3rd place – Parilla Racing Cup
6th place – Spring of Braga Cup, Portugal
38th place – World Championship – Braga, Portugal
Gold Helmet Award from Racing Magazine – Best Brazilian Driver

1999 | Kart (Cadete Jr)
5th place – São Paulo Championship
13th place – Brazilian Championship

1998 | Kart (Cadete Jr)
5th place – São Paulo Championship

1997 | Kart (Cadete Jr)
3rd place – Brazilian Championship

1996 | Kart (Cadete Jr)
4th place – São Paulo Championship

1995 | Kart (Cadete Jr)
5th place – Brazilian Champioship
3rd place – Schincariol Cup
6th place – São Paulo Championship

1994 | Kart (Cadete Jr)
6th place – São Paulo Championship