IndyCar » Barrichello's likely sponsors revealed

Rubens Barrichello is set to be backed by sponsorship from construction company Brasil Maquinas to enable him to compete in IndyCar in 2012, say reports.

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Don - Unregistered

February 29, 2012 4:56 PM

Expected, wonderful news! Rubens is a nice addition to a strong driver lineup. He obviously has been enjoying his seat time very much during testing. It will be very interesting to see how he does against heavyweights such as Power, Franchitti, Bourdais, Dixon, Briscoe... I think Sato may have a break out year too, if he can keep his nose clean. Truli should make the same move. Sundays are going to be fun watching F1 then IndyCar. Can't wait for St.Pete!

cruachan - Unregistered

February 29, 2012 7:17 PM

Great news indeed from a racing point of view.

I just hope that one of the US drivers is a contender this year which would help ratings and attendances and so help attract more sponsors.

JOHN - Unregistered

February 29, 2012 7:18 PM

Does this mean the wife might be likely to divorce him? (reports said he promised her he would stay away from IndyCar)....Barrichello does not need this (IndyCar)

Alan - Unregistered

March 01, 2012 12:05 AM

That is Senna's helmet design, except with a load of sponsor stickers slapped on it, wonder why he decided to change the design after 20 years of racing in f1 with more or less the same design?


March 01, 2012 8:38 AM

"While several established stars of Indy and Champ Car competition in the US such as .... Sebastien Bourdais ..... have gone on to make their names in F1 in later years...."

Oh, come on Crash! Bourdais had already made his name in Indycar and then came to F1 and virtually destroyed it! Hardly the same as Montoya and Villeneuve who at least won the championship. Next you'll be adding Zanardi, Scott Speed and Michael Andretti to the list!

MichaelMS-25 - Unregistered

March 01, 2012 1:11 PM

Well, Montoya never won the F1 championship.

Isn't that that the article is saying? Bourdais (and Montoya+Villeneuve) were already established stars in Indy BEFORE moving to F1, whereas Barrichello (like Mansell, Wilson, Sato etc) only came to Indy AFTER being F1 stars first.

Like it or not, despite that poor+short stint w/Torro Rosso, Bourdais is probably still best known around the world as an F1 driver first (and sportscar/Le Mans second) b/c so few people outside the US paid proper attention to his fabulous 4 consecutive Champ Car titles.


March 01, 2012 8:26 PM

Oops, yes, missed a comma, I never meant Montoya won the championship.

And I suppose F1 did make Bourdais name, just not a good one!

I still find it strange how some who are superb in champcars/indy do so badly in F1, yet others can. Like Montoya, who was Williams test driver who went to States on loan in exchange for Zanardi, who did so badly in F1 while Montoya did so well in Champcars, and then came back to Williams and did well.

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