IndyCar » Barrichello handed extra test time in 2012

The IndyCar officials have stuck to their decision not to give F1 veteran Rubens Barrichello full rookie status in the US series, but will allow him extra track testing time.

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JJJ - Unregistered

April 10, 2012 1:21 PM

Rediculous and completely arbitrary reasoning. It's his first year in IndyCar, so he's a rookie, simple as that. Only case where it's not as clear cut is when a driver has done just a couple of races in the championship before and then gets an oppertunity to do a full year.

Don - Unregistered

April 10, 2012 2:20 PM

Does F1 have a "rookie" status? Did Bourdais get any additional track time when he moved from Champ Car to F1 (or Michael Andretti, etc...)?

It will be interesting to see how Ruby responds now if he doesn't have a good race result, or is out qualified by his team mates.

T - Unregistered

April 10, 2012 6:30 PM

Good Decision - Rubens was obviously suffering from having no track experience at St.Pete & Barber.

Now we can look forward to Rubens battling it out nearer the front.

Sir Frank Wiliams - Unregistered

April 11, 2012 1:33 AM

He's not a rookie guys...... A rookie is someone who is new to a profession, Rubens is not, period. Why Mansell was given this dispensation is beyond me.

wiki:Rookie is a term for a person who is in his or her first year of play of their sport or has little or no professional experience. The term also has the more general meaning of anyone new to a profession, training or activity (e.g. rookie cop, rookie pilot, as a synonym for recruit), or occasionally to a freshman (especially in athletic teams).

As you move up, you are a rookie, if you are doing something very different(ovals) you're a rookie. Rubens is no open wheel road course rookie.

But as a fan I am gad he will be getting some extra time, it should be quite helpful for him as well as alleviate a little pressure for him.

A.S. - Unregistered

April 11, 2012 1:52 PM

Because rookie should mean "rookie in the discipline".
By your definition, the only rookies in Indycar would be people basketball, golf, ... players :)

Mach5m - Unregistered

April 11, 2012 4:13 PM

Well, actually Nigel Mansell won only ONE IndyCar road race.. Surfer's Paradise.. his other four wins were on Ovals. In Mansell's Second season as a non-'rookie' in IndyCar he won zeros races.. and even though Michael Andretti had been lambasted and vilified by the F1 crowd.. he came back to IndyCar and won two races to Mansell's zip.

Rubens is a great driver.. but the IndyCar drivers are well underrated and always have been.

sodesu - Unregistered

April 11, 2012 4:16 PM

Of course he's a rookie. He has never raced in IndyCars before. As such he is completely new to the profession of IndyCar driver and it really shouldn't matter how much he's raced other cars before. Why should it make any difference which series you come from and how long you've been there? Noone enters IndyCar from nowhere so if you say that what you should be defined as rookie at is "race car driver" then there has pretty much never been a single rookie in the history of IndyCar. This is a terrible and highly arbitrary decision. Sadly it's also a decision that's typical of a modern-day American racing series. It's like they see every season as a blockbuster and themselves as the directors. Sports have nothing to do with it anymore. Let the most marketable man win!

Don - Unregistered

April 12, 2012 4:09 AM

So, did Bourdais get any additional track time when he moved from Champ Car to F1? I don't think any former IndyCar / Champ Car drivers that went to F1 got any additional track time. Why should Rubens?

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