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Rolex 24: Barrichello late addition to Wayne Taylor squad

Rubens Barrichello has been named as a late entry to this year's Rolex 24 Hour race at Daytona after joining up with Wayne Taylor Racing.
Rubens Barrichello has been named as a late entry to this year's Rolex 24 Hour race at Daytona after joining up with Wayne Taylor Racing alongside Max Angelelli, Ricky and Jordan Taylor in the squad's Corvette DP.

After initial talks the deal seemed unlikely but with Jordan Taylor unwell but fit enough to drive the team opted for safety in numbers by hiring a fourth driver for the twice around the clock event.

Barrichello will make his third appearance at the 24-hour event at Daytona - both of his previous outings ended in retirements in 2013 an 2015 - and is thought it be joining one of the favourites for a class victory.

The former F1 star is still fresh from racing having spent the past three seasons in the Brazilian Stock Car series. After a glittering Formula 1 career with Jordan, Stewart Ford, Ferrari, Honda, Brawn and Williams the Brazilian retired holding the record for most Grand Prix starts and entries in history.

After leaving the F1 paddock in 2011 he spent a season in IndyCar before finding more success in Stock Cars, claiming the 2014 title in his home land.

Barrichello says he's thrilled to join Wayne Taylor's squad and is keen to secure a maiden sportscar endurance victory.

"When I recently expressed an interest to drive this year for Wayne and his team, he made it possible for me," Barrichello said. "This is one of the most successful teams in the history of sports car racing and it's a great pleasure to be able to race in the Rolex 24 with such a competitive team.

"I have known Max since we raced together in Formula 3 in the early '90s, and I have been a fan of Ricky and Jordan for some time, now. If they're not out there winning races, they always seem to be fighting to win at the end. I am looking forward to this opportunity."

Wayne Taylor has welcomed the 43-year-old Brazilian with open arms and is confident he has one of the strongest driver line-ups on the grid for Daytona.

"For us to add a fourth driver, it definitely has to be somebody who is at the top of his game and, quite simply, it's a pleasure to add a guy like Rubens, who I have been in awe of for so many years,” Taylor said. “Jordan has been a little under the weather, lately, and with a race of this magnitude and intensity, you want to be sure you have plenty of driver support.

"This is something of a precautionary move, but to include a driver of Rubens' caliber in our already stout driver lineup, we should be in absolutely great shape."

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