Bia Figueiredo to race in Brazilian Copa Truck
Former IndyCar and IMSA racer Bia Figueiredo will return to the race track for her first full season after her pregnancies with a new challenge: the Brazilian Copa Truck.
One of Brazil's most accomplished female racing drivers will return to the track in 2023 with an all-new challenge: the Copa Truck.
Bia Figueiredo is in fact set to make her debut in truck racing - a form of motorsport significantly different from her previous experience, but equally exciting.
“I am very happy with the opportunity with the current series team champion", Figueiredo said, as she joins ASG Motorsport in a full-time drive . "It's a big challenge because it will be my post-motherhood debut for a full season."
Figueiredo, a driver with extensive experience in both single seaters and sportscars, made 29 Indycar starts before moving back to her native Brazil, where she competed in StockCar, Brazilian's premier touring car championship.
In 2019, she raced in an all-female team in IMSA, before resuming her racing career after her first pregnancy, in early 2021. Alongside Katherine Legge and Christina Nielsen, Figueiredo returned to Sebring for the 12H race, but since then, she has made occasional starts in TCR South America and Porsche Cup Endurance.
"I went through two pregnancies, Murillo and Matteo, both very healthy", Bia explained.
"My return to the track was 50 days after giving birth to Matteo. In 2022, I competed in some races in TCR with the Cobra Racing Team, and they were very important races. Being on the track is what motivates me".
The Copa Truck series features some of the fastest trucks in the world and will race in Brazilian's most famous racing venues such as Goiânia, Londrina, Cascavel, Tarumã and Interlagos, in a nine-event calendar.
“I can't wait to do the first practice sessions with the team", Bia continued, as she gets ready to test the truck for the first time on Friday 20th in Interlagos.
In her career. Figueiredo has claimed victories in the Brazilian Formula Renault and IndyLights, contested four Indy500 and two partial IMSA campaigns, including a 24 Hours of Daytona. She currently holds the position of South American representative for the FIA Women In Motorsport Commission and is heavily involved in the promotion and development of female opportunities within the sport.
Ahead of her Copa Truck debut, Bia Figueiredo will race on January 22 at the 1000 Miles Chevrolet Absolute race at Interlagos, in a Sigma P1 prototype operated by Scuderia Chiarelli.