IndyCar »

Barrichello to return for more testing

Rubens Barrichello will be back in an IndyCar again next week, when he returns for more testing with KV Racing Technology at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, California.
While there has been no confirmation yet that Rubens Barrichello has made any definite decision about his racing future, the Brazilian F1 veteran is sending out strong signals about his intentions by agreeing to climb into an IndyCar cockpit once more at the end of next week.

KV Racing Technology confirmed on their Twitter feed that Barrichello will join EJ Viso for more testing of the new DW12 Dallara-Chevrolet car at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, California for the weekend of February 25/26.

Barrichello joined his close friend Tony Kanaan for two days of testing at Sebring International Raceway at the end of January, and liked it so much that he ended up extending his stay with the team an extra day.

Agreeing to return for another two-day stint in the 2012 IndyCar certainly seems to send out strong signals that Barrichello is seriously considering accepting a ride in the series. Kanaan has suggested that Barrichello is very much sold on the idea, assuming all the details come together in time.

"I've been racing 19 years in F1, but this would be something I would have to do without any experience. It would be fascinating," Barrichello told reporters last week. "It would be a great challenge."

The two key issues Barrichello has to sort out before anything official can be announced remain finding the money - and persuading his family.

"Everybody is in a hurry to try to find the money," revealed Barrichello. "It's still unknown if it's going to happen. You have to remember that it all happened in the last minute. There are still minor details that need to be resolved."

“It's like we did last year with Tony,” said KVRT team manager Mark Johnson. "We all sat around a table and said, 'You in? You in? You in?' And we made it happen." Kanaan's deal eventually came together just two days before the start of the 2011 season.

Then there is still the small matter of the long-standing promise Barrichello made to his wife Silvana that he would never race on ovals. "I've been talking a lot with my wife," he admitted. "I saw the look in her eyes [during the Sebring tests] and I could hear her saying something along the lines: 'Oh no, it's going to start all over again.'"



Related Pictures

Click on relevant pic to enlarge
Rubens Barrichello tests KVRT Indycar at Sebring   [pic credit: KVRT]
Rubens Barrichello seat fitting in Tony Kanaan`s KV Racing Dallara DW12   [pic credit: Tony Kanaan/Twitter]
Juan Pablo Montoya, driver of the #2 PPG Team Penske Chevrolet IndyCar V6, celebrates his victory Sunday, July 6, 2014 during the Pocono IndyCar 500 in Long Pond, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Michael L. Levitt/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Juan Pablo Montoya, driver of the #2 PPG Team Penske Chevrolet IndyCar V6, takes the chequered flag as he races to victory Sunday, July 6, 2014 during the Pocono IndyCar 500 in Long Pond, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Michael L. Levitt/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Juan Pablo Montoya, driver of the #2 PPG Team Penske Chevrolet IndyCar V6, races to victory Sunday, July 6, 2014 during the Pocono IndyCar 500 in Long Pond, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Phillip Abbott/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Juan Pablo Montoya, driver of the #2 PPG Team Penske Chevrolet IndyCar V6, races to victory Sunday, July 6, 2014 during the Pocono IndyCar 500 in Long Pond, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Phillip Abbott/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Race winner Juan Pablo Montoya celebrates with Helio Castroneves and Carlos Munoz on the podium after the Pocono IndyCar 500. (Photo by: Bret Kelley for IndyCar Media)
The damaged front wing of the race-winning car. (Photo by: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)
Race winner Juan Pablo Montoya celebrates after the Pocono IndyCar 500. (Photo by: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)
Race winner Juan Pablo Montoya celebrates after the Pocono IndyCar 500. (Photo by: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)
Race winner Juan Pablo Montoya celebrates after the Pocono IndyCar 500. (Photo by: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)
Race winner Juan Pablo Montoya with third-placed Carlos Munoz after the Pocono IndyCar 500. (Photo by: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)
Juan Pablo Montoya, driver of the #2 PPG Team Penske Chevrolet IndyCar V6, celebrates posting the fastest time Saturday, July 5, 2014 during qualifying for Sunday`s Pocono IndyCar 500 in Long Pond, Pennsylvania. Montoya won the pole and will start in the front row next to teammate Will Power, who qualified second. (Photo by Michael L. Levitt/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Juan Pablo Montoya, driver of the #2 PPG Team Penske Chevrolet IndyCar V6, celebrates posting the fastest time Saturday, July 5, 2014 during qualifying for Sunday`s Pocono IndyCar 500 in Long Pond, Pennsylvania. Montoya won the pole and will start in the front row next to teammate Will Power, who qualified second. (Photo by Michael L. Levitt/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Juan Pablo Montoya, driver of the #2 PPG Team Penske Chevrolet IndyCar V6, posts the fastest time Saturday, July 5, 2014 during qualifying for Sunday`s Pocono IndyCar 500 in Long Pond, Pennsylvania. Montoya won the pole and will start in the front row next to teammate Will Power, who qualified second. (Photo by Ernie Masche/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Juan Pablo Montoya, driver of the #2 PPG Team Penske Chevrolet IndyCar V6, posts the fastest time Saturday, July 5, 2014 during qualifying for Sunday`s Pocono IndyCar 500 in Long Pond, Pennsylvania. Montoya won the pole and will start in the front row next to teammate Will Power, who qualified second. (Photo by Ernie Masche/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Tony Kanaan in action at Pocono (Photo by: Bret Kelley for IndyCar Media)
Podium celebrations after the second race of the Shell and Pennzoil Grand Prix of Houston doubleheader. (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)

Join the conversation - Add your comment

Please login or register before adding your comments.

Although the administrators and moderators of this website will attempt to keep all objectionable comments off these pages, it is impossible for us to review all messages. All messages express the views of the poster, and neither Crash Media Group nor Crash.Net will be held responsible for the content of any message. We do not vouch for or warrant the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any message, and are not responsible for the contents of any message. If you find a message objectionable, please contact us and inform us of the problem or use the [report] function next to the offending post. Any message that does not conform with the policy of this service can be edited or removed with immediate effect.


Rodriguez 917 - Unregistered

February 14, 2012 9:32 PM

Good on Rubens, he has racing in his blood and I think he will do really well in Indycr racing. It's just a shame that F1 is getting full up with pay drivers and not those who deserve to be there



© 1999 - 2014 Crash Media Group

The total or partial reproduction of text, photographs or illustrations is not permitted in any form.