Barrichello completes Indycar switch

By on Friday, March 2, 2012

Ex-Formula 1 veteran, Rubens Barrichello, has completed his switch to the American IndyCar Series. The Brazilian joins good friend Tony Kanaan, alongside E.J. Viso in an all-South American driver line-up for the KV Racing Technology team.

Rubens Barrichello was replaced at Williams by Bruno Senna, a move which left Barrichello searching for a chance to keep his motor sport career alive. He joined KV Racing Technology for several pre-season tests, and ended the final test at Sears Point only 0.9 seconds off the pace set by Will Power.

After initially only planning to compete on street and road courses, Barrichello has committed himself to a whole IndyCar Series which includes ovals. He will drive the #8 car throughout the season, which gets underway towards the end of the month at St. Petersburg.

“I watch [the IZOD IndyCar Series] all the time, so I’m very happy,” said the 39-year-old Brazilian. “IndyCar should not be seen as an alternative solution to Formula 1, but as a new challenge. The car has a dignity of its own, races take place on relatively short oval tracks (short oval and super-speedways) or on street circuits, there are less electronics than Formula One, the races are faster and the surrounding environment is more relaxed, the cars are all very similar and the number of modifications that the teams are permitted to make are limited, so it’s the driver that makes the difference. To be a winner in IndyCar you have to be a complete driver because you will have to compete under a whole range of conditions and in various configurations.

“This is a new experience, but I am very happy.” Continued Barrichello, “With all my experience I will start as a rookie, but I think I will get better as the year progresses. My main thing is to be an addition to KV Racing Technology. They have been doing very well and Tony brought the team to a different level last year, so I hope with my contribution we can build on this and take the team to another level. I am extremely happy and have a big smile on my face.”

Rubens Barrichello first started racing in Formula 1 in 1993, and has raced in every season since, winning 11 of the 326 races contested. It will be interesting to see his progress throughout the 2012 IZOD IndyCar Series, and whether he can compete with the likes of Dario Franchitti and Will Power.

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