Monday, August 25, 2008

9 Questions with Bia

IndyCar Garage had the opportunity to ask Ana Beatriz (Bia) a few questions about the season thus far...

Tell us about yourself, what do you enjoy outside of racing?

I enjoy sports, going out with my friends, going to the movies and talking with my family and friends from Brazil on the internet.

Any hints at an IndyCar Series test or even a move up to ICS with another team for 2009?

My manager, André Ribeiro, is taking care of my future. If he thinks I am ready and there is a opportunity at Indy Car Series next year I will be there.

What has been the biggest adjustment you've had to make this season in the Indy Lights Series?

I think it was learning the ovals. Now, because of all hard work with my Healthy Choice / Sam Schmidt Motorsports team I am definitely feeling comfortable in the oval.

What track on the Indy Lights schedule do you enjoy racing the most?

I loved to race in Indianapolis. It is a magical track and it was the best race of the season so far.

You won your first Indy Lights race at Nashville this year leading 45 of 77 total laps. Describe how the win felt and what did it mean for you and your team?

It was a incredible feeling. I was so happy and thankful for all the people that supported me since I was a little girl: family, managers and sponsors. Without them it would never happen.

You've had a very impressive season so far - currently third in the standings. With three race weekends left on the schedule, will your strategy change in an attempt to bring home the championship?

I believe the best way to win this championship is to think race by race. I am a rookie driver and having a chance to win the championship this year already is just amazing but it will be a hard fight and we have strong competitors.

Much of your current points standing can be credited to a strong second half of the season, 6 top five finishes in the last 7 races. What factors can you attribute this late season success?

I can attribute this success to my team Sam Schmidt and my managers Andre Ribeiro and Augusto Cesario that are always telling me the right things to do.

If you could spend a day at any track with any driver (past or present), what track and what driver would you choose?

I would choose Helio Castroneves at Indianapolis. I would learn his secrets to win the Indy 500 and because he is a really fun guy. Maybe he would teach me how to dance as well.

Any comments for the dedicated IndyCar fans of IndyCar Garage?

Thanks for all the supportive messages this year so far. I am really enjoying to race in Firestone Indy Lights and American fans are amazing.

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