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Barrichello confirms move to IndyCar

"Tony once again demonstrated his leadership abilities and his proven ability to compete for wins and the championship," added Vasser.

Barrichello himself gave thanks to Kanaan for helping make this happen, and said that he was looking forward to a whole new experience - but agreed that despite all his years in F1, he would be back to starting as a beginner in 2012.

"With all my experience I will start as a rookie, but I think I will get better as the year progresses," he said. "My main thing is to be an addition to KV Racing Technology. They have been doing very well and Tony brought the team to a different level last year, so I hope with my contribution we can build on this and take the team to another level."

One of the biggest questions about Barrichello's involvement with the 2012 season was regarding the oval races, something that he had previously promised his wife Silvana he would not do.

But at the press conference in Sao Paulo, Barrichello confirmed that he would be taking part in all 16 rounds of the 2012 season in the #8 BMC-Embrase KV Racing car, including the oval events such as the Indianapolis 500 in May.

"Thanks to [Ruben's] kids who convinced his wife to do the whole season!!" the KV Racing team posted on Twitter, with Kevin Kalkhoven telling the press conference the full story of how Eduardo and Fernando had won their mother over to the idea over the last few weeks.

"You will get the greatest joy out of muscling that car around a short oval like [the Milwaukee Mile]," Ganassi driver Graham Rahal said to Barrichello on Twitter after hearing the news. "Awesome news for the sport that one of the greatest drivers ever [Rubens Barrichello] will be joining us. Welcome man!"

The other drivers in the series are looking forward to Barrichello making his series debut later this month at St Petersburg on March 25.

"He brings that international recognition," said reigning champion Dario Franchitti. "He ups the level of competition in the field yet again."

Helio Castroneves still remembers the one race he had with Barrichello in karts in 1988: "His passion is what stood out to me then, even when he didn't have the best equipment in F1."




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