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Barrichello to race GRAND-AM at Indianapolis

Rubens Barrichello is to return to Indianapolis Motor Speedway this weekend, this time at the wheel of a GRAND-AM Daytona Prototype fielded by Doran Racing.
The most experienced F1 driver in the sport's history, Brazil's Rubens Barrichello, is to return to action this weekend at the world-famous Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Among his 322 career starts in F1 are eight at Indianapolis Motor Speedway when it hosted the United States Grand Prix between 2000 and 2007. Barrichello won the race in 2002 and came second on three occasions - including the notorious 2005 race which saw all the cars using Michelin tyres withdraw from the race before the start.

Barrichello returned to IMS last year when he competed in his first Indianapolis 500, qualifying in tenth place and finishing the 250-lap oval race in 11th place in his rookie outing.

And now Barrichello will be in back in action at the iconic venue in another type of race car, a GRAND-AM Daytona Prototype fielded by Doran Racing. It'll be Barrichello's first DP outing, although he's already competed in GRAND-AM once before in the 2013 Rolex 24 At Daytona, when he co-drove with fellow Brazilian and close friend Tony Kanaan in the GT class.

This time he'll be driving the #77 3Dimensional.com Ford-Dallara with Doug Peterson in the Brickyard Grand Prix on Friday, July 26. The three-hour race takes place on Friday July 26 and is part of a program of events leading up to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Brickyard 400 on Sunday afternoon.

Peterson said that he was a huge fan of Barrichello and had followed his career in F1 over the years - and even had a helmet signed by the Brazilian at Mugello in 2003 still hanging proudly on his wall. The two conducted a private shakedown run at Putnam Park in Greencastle, Ind. on Tuesday in preparation for Friday's race.

"He's a super guy with a super resume," team owner Kevin Doran said. "I don't expect a problem with him getting up to speed in the DP, because he's been driving Brazilian stock cars and drove a Porsche at the Rolex 24.

"If he was coming straight from F1, it would have been a performance culture shock, but since he's driven the other formulas this year, I think he's bracketed both sides of the DP's performance. I think it will be easy for him now."

Unlike the NASCAR event which uses the traditional oval circuit at IMS, the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series event will be run on the 13-turn, 2.534-mile Grand Prix road course.




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Max Angelelli and Jordan Taylor drive the #10 Velocity Worldwide Wayne Taylor Racing Corvette Daytona Prototype to victory Saturday, April 6, 2013 in the third race of the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series at Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Alabama. (Photo by Brian Cleary for Chevrolet)
Max Angelelli and Jordan Taylor drive the #10 Velocity Worldwide Wayne Taylor Racing Corvette Daytona Prototype (left) to victory Saturday, April 6, 2013 in the third race of the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series at Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Alabama. Alex Gurney and Jo Fogarty, drivers of the #99 GAINSCO/Bob Stallings Racing Corvette DP (right) finish in second place. (Photo by Brian Cleary for Chevrolet)
Juan Pablo Montoya, Memo Rojas, Scott Pruett and Charlie Kimball, co-drivers of the #01 Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates TELMEX/Target Ford BMW Riley celebrate their win in victory lane at the Rolex 24 at Daytona International Speedway on January 27, 2013 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
Alex Popow and Sebastian Bourdais, drivers of the #2 Ford Riley, celebrate in Victory Lane after wininng the Grand-AM Rolex Sports Car Series Inaugural Brickyard Grand Prix at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on July 27, 2012, in Indianapolis, Ind. (Photo Credit: Tyler Barrick/Getty Images for NASCAR)
Alex Popow and Sebastien Bourdais, drivers of the #2 Soloson Ford Riley, celebrate after winning the Grand-AM Rolex Sports Car Series inaugural Brickyard Grand Prix at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on July 27, 2012, in Indianapolis, Ind. (Photo Credit: Tom Pennington/Getty Images for NASCAR)
The winning #60 Michael Shank Racing with Curb-Agajanian Ford Riley car is brought into victory lane after a gruelling 50th anniversary Rolex 24 at Daytona. [Picture Credit: Daytona International Speedway]
Derek Johnston [Pic credit: Grand Am]
Vic Elford, the 2010 Rolex 24 At Daytona Grand Marshal (Photo credit: Motorsports Images and Archives)
The No. 09 Spirit of Daytona Porsche Coyote that will be tested by 2009 Radical European Masters Champion Derek Johnston at Virginia International Raceway
NASCAR stars Marcos Ambrose and Carl Edwards test Doran at VIR   [pic credit: BAM Media]
NASCAR stars Marcos Ambrose and Carl Edwards test Doran at VIR   [pic credit: BAM Media]
NASCAR stars Marcos Ambrose and Carl Edwards test Doran at VIR   [pic credit: BAM Media]
Max Angelelli and Brian Friselle win at Daytona [Pic credit: Grand Am Media]
The Spirit of Daytona entry at Daytona [Pic credit: Grand Am]
The winning TRG team at Daytona [Pic credit: Brian Cleary]
The winning Brumos Racing team at Daytona [Pic credit: Brian Cleary]
Flags at the Rolex 24 [Pic credit: Grand Am]

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