Multiple sources including SPEED.com has confirmed that Rubens Barrichello will run a full schedule in the Brazilian Stock Car series in 2013. Barrichello was trying to land a ride in either the IZOD IndyCar Series where he raced for the first time in 2012 or Formula One where he raced from 1993 until 2011.
After not being able to find enough funding to allow him to race at Sam Schmidt Motorsports or Rahal Letterman Racing in the IndyCar Series and also the F1 Caterham team he will race stock cars in his home country of Brazil. He is a Sao Paulo, Brazil native.
Although Barrichello did not comment on the reports on Tuesday, Tony Kanaan did.
“He got a proposal there (in Brazilian Stock Cars) because right now people aren’t giving him many options (in IndyCar),” Kanaan remarked. “They’re asking him for money to keep racing in IndyCar, and he doesn’t have all the sponsors. I know his heart is still in IndyCar, but he’s not going to sit and wait. It’s a shame, but it’s the reality of racing right now. It’s really sad. He has to look out for his own interest.”
The 2012 season was the 40-year olds first in IndyCar. He ran the full season of 15 races for KV Racing Technology and had a best finish of fourth at Sonoma. He collected an 11.9 average finish and finished 12 in the series standings.
From 1993 to 2011 he collected 11 Formula One Series wins and 68 podiums. He finished runner-up in the points in 2002 and 2004.
Last weekend Barrichello raced the Brazilian Stock Car season finale at Interlagos for the Medley Full Time Sports Peugeot team. It is believed and reported that he was offered a contract to remain in the series and has accepted the deal.
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