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Bia 20 Years

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In 2013, Bia completed 20 years in Racing and celebrated with a big party in her hometown: São Paulo. Her guests were able to hear her amazing career story and Bia was able to award the most important supporters of her journey in racing.

You will find the complete history under the Biography tab and photographs under the photo tab.

Biography

Ana Beatriz Caselato Gomes de Figueiredo, a.k.a. Bia Figueiredo, was born in São Paulo, Brazil, on March 18th,1985. At the age of five, she began to enjoy watching racing, but only when she was eight, she started competing in karts. Although she also took ballet, horseback riding, volleyball and soccer classes, when she turned fifteen, she chose to be a professional race car driver.

In 2002, Bia started training with Nailor Campos, who had also been the coach of former driver André Ribeiro, later to become Bia’s mentor. In 2003, she debuted in Formula Renault Brazil with team Cesario Formula, whose owner, Augusto Cesário, became her mentor as well.

Bia competed for three years in Formula Renault. In 2003, she was awarded “Rookie of the Year”. In 2005 she became the first female driver in the world to win a race in Formula Renault: first in Campo Grande (MS), then in the streets of Vitória (ES) and again in the challenging circuit of Tarumã (RS), also scoring the pole position in the first two. In 2004, she was 2nd place in the Formula 3 Light Championship.

In 2006, driving for Cesario Formula in The South American Formula 3 series, Bia became the first woman in the world to win a pole position in the main class of Formula 3. In that same year she graduated in business at FMU – “Faculdades Metropolitanas Unidas”, in São Paulo.

In 2007, Bia was part of A1 GP taking part in a rookie session with an invitation 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 tested 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 that category, with a third place in the second race of the season, at the streets of Saint Petersburg, FL. Bia was also the first female driver to finish among the top five in the Freedom 100 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, and the first woman to win a race in the series at the oval circuit of Nashville, TN. With six podiums, four third places, a second place and one win, she ended the season in the 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 title, she saw her chances fade away in Indianapolis, when she had a terrible accident that took her out of two races of the season.
 She had a highlight win at Iowa Motor Speedway and earned the Most Popular Driver Award of 2009. A high level performance in Indy Lights guaranteed her debut in IndyCar in 2010 at her home city: São Paulo, Brazil. There, she became the first Brazilian female driver ever to reach a top open wheel series in the world.

She was also the best Rookie Qualified on the Indy500.

2010 highlighted an amazing win at Felipe Massa’s annual go-kart event “Stars’ Challenge”, where many top international drivers are invited to participate. She took the lead from her friend and idol Rubens Barrichello, winning a historical final race.

In 2011 Bia signed with Dreyer&Reinbold Racing and Ipiranga to run Indycar full season. Even with a broken hand on the first race, she finished 14th. Missed one race on physiotherapy but were able to be the 3rd best rookie of the season on that year.

On 2012 signed with Andretti Autosport to run Brazil GP and Indy500.

On 2013 signed with Dale Coyne Racing to run 6 races.

On 2014 she decided to move to the biggest Series in Brazil: Stock Car and signed with ProGP Race

In 2015 she is racing her second year in StockCar Brazil with AmPM UQF Racing.

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2015- Stock Car Brazil with AmPm UQF Racing

2014- Stock Car Brazil with AmPm ProGo Racing

2013 – IndyCar Series – Partial Season with Ipiranga Dale Coyne Racing
Indy500 – 15th place; 4th fastest lap; Biggest Mover (14 places)

2012- IndyCar Series – 2 races IndyCar Series with Andretti Autosport
2011- IndyCar Series with Ipiranga Dreyer Reinbold Racing

2010- 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

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
3rd place – won 3 races: Campo Grande, Vitória and Tarumã
Pole Position in 4 races, Campo Grande, Vitória, Interlagos (twice)
Gold Helmet Award – Winner

2004 – Formula Renault Brazil
5th place
2nd place in South American F3 Lights

2003 – Karting
Rookie of the year – Brazilian Formula Renault
Best lap – Londrina
Best lap – Campo Grande
Champion – Sorriso Petrobrás Kart Cup
2nd place – Petrobrás Karting Selective

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

2001 – Karting
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 – Karting Cat. 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 – Karting Cadet Jr
5th place – São Paulo Championship
13th place – Brazilian Championship

1998 – Karting Cadet Jr
5th place – São Paulo Championship

1997 – Karting Cadet Jr
3rd place – Brazilian Championship

1996 – Karting Cadet Jr
4th place – São Paulo Championship

1995 – Karting Cadet Jr
5th place – Brazilian Champioship
3rd place – Schincariol Cup
6th place – São Paulo Championship

1994 – Karting Cadet Jr
6th place – São Paulo Championship

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