IndyCar » Official: Barrichello moves to Stock Cars

Former F1 driver Rubens Barrichello has made it official that he's leaving the IZOD IndyCar Series and will be competing in the Brazilian Stock Car championship in 2013.

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David Chaste - Unregistered

December 27, 2012 9:05 PM

He could have been in Indycar still. But he wanted to be in one of the top 5 teams. He wants to be able to race for podiums and be relevant.

Absent that in Indycars he prefers to go in Brazil where he will simply be worshiped.

Petrol Head - Unregistered

December 27, 2012 10:00 PM

Why bother posting if you are not interested?
Such a sad lot on Crash sometimes!!
Good Luck for the future Rubens.
I missed you in F1 & followed you to Indy.
Shame wont see you now.

T - Unregistered

December 28, 2012 12:22 AM

Rubens was a huge benefit to the Indycar series in 2012 But sadly he did not deliver results.

Would have loved to see Rubens in a 2nd season of Indycar racing but the sad reality is that Indycar is far more competitive then is realised and Rubens did not deliver the results required to keep a drive - which as a Rubens fan hurts me to say.

Hopefully we may see Rubens back in a top formula at some stage in 2013.

Sir Charles - Unregistered

December 28, 2012 3:43 AM

Rubens found out quickly that there are very good drivers in IndyCar, and the cars are extremely physical to drive. It is quite ironic that his best results came on ovals, and he struggled on the road and street courses.

He tried very hard to stay in IndyCar, but finishing 12th wasn't good enough to get teams and sponsors interested in a 40 year old driver.

I'm sure he'll be happy to race at home and finally be able to spend time with his family. Unfortunately, we won't hear much from him as coverage of Brazilian Stock cars is non existent in Europe and the States. Best wishes Rubens!


December 28, 2012 1:43 PM
Last Edited 1067 days ago

As much as it's easy to take the mickey , I'm really surprised someone of his level was not got picked up in f1 as a driver or consultant for 2013. All that experience gone to waste.

Michael Fornarina - Unregistered

December 29, 2012 1:03 AM

It's interesting that Rubens was better on the IndyCar ovals than he was on the Road courses -- it was the same way with Nigel Mansell.. I think the F1 driving style demands precision and smoothness and this is similar for the IndyCar oval racing -- whereas the IndyCar road course style involves a bit of violence and Throwing the car around -- (according to Will Power) maybe this is why Alex Zanardi was a crash-kid in F1.. but excelled in the more rudimentary IndyCars -- good luck Rubens you will be missed in IndyCar -- I hope you do not give up trying to return IndyCar (for 2014 perhaps).

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