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Extra test time, no rookie of the year for Barrichello

Another former F1 driver, Jean Alesi, is also set to take part in ROP with Newman/Haas Racing at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in May. Three other oval rookies - Josef Newgarden, Simon Pagenaud and Bryan Clauson - have already successfully completed rookie testing last week on April 5 at Texas Motor Speedway.

However, Barrichello will still not be in the running for the Rookie of the Year title, which was won last year by James Hinchliffe by a narrow margin over Indy 500 runner-up JR Hildebrand.

In the past, Nigel Mansell was listed as a rookie when he entered the CART IndyCar World Series in 1993. He went on to win the Rookie of the Year title along with the series championship in a season that saw him clinch five race wins and third place in his first Indianapolis 500 race.




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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.



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