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Barrichello's verdict: 'It is a beast...I like it!'

If Barrichello wanted it, there would be no question that the sponsorship money would be available to make it happen. "By the time he gets out of the car, [Rubens] will have a pretty good idea what he wants to do," was Kanaan's opinion. "Right now, we don't have anyone signed for the other two cars."

Kanaan is certainly doing all he can to woo the man he sincerely thinks of as a brother (the two are godfathers to each other's sons) over to the States, even organising a dinner the evening before the Sebring tests to bring Barrichello together with Helio Castroneves, Will Power and Oriol Servia.

"He noticed the atmosphere, how we all get along," said Kanaan. "You can tell by his face he's having a lot of fun."

For the time being, Barrichello himself was careful to take things one lap at a time: "Right now, I am here purely to help the team out and to enjoy myself. I just have no idea right now what this could lead to, if anything."

But the language is certainly changing. "If you go purely from joy, it wouldn't be a problem," said Barrichello. "I'm truly happy and I like what I saw. I've been a fan of the Indy series for a long time. It's a great atmosphere and great racing.

"I just need to see what comes up: I need to talk to my family, I need to talk to Jimmy," he said.

But perhaps most tellingly, he finished off: "I like it."

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Dave - Unregistered

January 31, 2012 8:32 PM

Of course he's on the pace! Why wouldn't he be? Name a top F1 driver who came to CART who wasn't on the pace? I am not a big fan of his but I readily admit he is still probably quicker that probably half the F1 grid, and the CART car, while fast, is just a little slower than an F1 machine. Rubens is still likely "faster" than the CART machinery and therefore his race experience and knowledge of carbon brakes will be a great asset. I hope he comes to CART as his profile AND his pedigree are far more impressive than, say, promoting the Danica's in the future.

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