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Barrichello to race at Indianapolis

24 July 2013

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.

Barrichello becomes the seventh Indianapolis 500 veteran to join the line-up for this year's Brickyard Grand Prix, joining Kanaan, Sebastien Bourdais, AJ Allmendinger, Max Papis, Christian Fittipaldi and Scott Pruett.

Barrichello's 2012 IndyCar team mate Tony Kanaan is bidding to become the first driver in history to win two major events in the same year at Indianapolis, following his victory in the 2013 Indy 500.

With his own win in the US GP in 2002, Barrichello could himself become the first driver to win major races in in two different motor racing series if he were able to make it to the top of the podium on Friday.


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