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#8 BMC | EMBRASE - KV RACING TECHNOLOGY CHEVROLET/FIRESTONE
Rubens Barrichello will drive the No. 8 BMC | Embrase - KV Racing Technology Chevrolet/Firestone entry during the 2012 IZOD IndyCar Series season.
A native of São Paulo, Brazil, Barrichello, 39, is a veteran of 19 Formula One seasons. He is the most experienced driver in Formula One history with 322 starts out of 326 races entered. Barrichello will be contesting his first IndyCar season and first with KV Racing Technology.
From an early age Barrichello knew he wanted to be a race car driver. He was born in a neighborhood close to Interlagos and as a child used to jump the walls of the circuit to watch the races. Barrichello’s family has always been involved in racing. His uncle has a South American Formula 3 team and some of his cousins have go-karts. Barrichello received his first kart from his grandfather (on his mother’s side) when he was six, but had to convince his father that he was serious about racing.
At age eight, Barrichello started competing in karting. In his first official race he finished third and by his third race he had won. He remained in karting for nine years, ranking second three times and winning the Brazilian and Paulista Championship five times.
In 1987, Barrichello became South American champion and the following year he finished ninth in the World Championships.
Barrichello made the switch to car racing in 1989, participating in the Brazilian Formula Ford Championship. With very little money he had to buy a used Formula Ford car, however luck was on his side. During his first race his car slid off the technical inspection truck completely destroying it. Officials gave him a brand new replacement, which helped him to win his first race.
In 1990, Barrichello decided to pursue his greatest dream: to become a Formula One driver. He traveled to Italy when he was 17-years-old and competed with Draco Racing in the Formula Opel Lotus Euroseries winning the championship in his first season.
Moving to the United Kingdom for the next season, Barrichello continued his championship ways by winning the British Formula 3 Championship with West Surrey Racing. In doing so he became the youngest driver to accomplish the feat (Nelson Piquet Jr. set the new record in 2004 however Barrichello did it in his first season and Nelson Piquet Jr. in his second).
Having won two titles in two years, Barrichello was invited to compete in Formula 3000 in 1992 with the Il BaroneRampante team. It was a difficult year due to a non-competitive car and a switch in engine suppliers during the middle of the season. However, despite the difficulties Barrichello finished third in the championship and caught the eye of the Jordan Formula One team.
In January 1993, Barrichello drove a Formula One car for the first time testing for Jordan at Silverstone. The test went well and he made his first Formula One start at Kyalami in South Africa on March 14, 1993. He finished a respectable 14th with a points scoring race at the Japanese Grand Prix.
Barrichello earned his first Formula One podium in 1994 in the second race of the season (18th of his career) with a third place finish at the Pacific Grand Prix in Japan. He also took his first pole (Belgian Grand Prix) that year becoming, at the time, the youngest driver to do so (Fernando Alonso set new mark in 2003). Barrichello finished sixth in the championship in 1994 with 19 points.
In 1995, Barrichello stood on the podium again, with a second place finish in the Canadian Grand Prix. However, after four years with Jordan, Barrichello decided to move to Stewart for the 1997 season, where he felt he would be more competitive.
Barrichello had a frustrating first year at Stewart, finishing only three races, with the highlight being a second place showing in Monaco. He finished 13th in the standings. The next year was not much better due to poor reliability.
Barrichello rebounded in 1999. He qualified third at his home race in Brazil and led some laps until his engine blew. He also took the pole in France and scored three podium finishes at the San Marino, French and European Grands Prix. Over the course of the year, he caught the eye of Ferrari boss Jean Todt and he was signed for the 2000 season.
On July 31st, 2000 at the German Grand Prix, Barrichello won his first Formula One race. He started 18th due to an electrical problem, but during the race the team chose to stay on slicks when it was raining on part of the circuit. The risky move paid off allowed Barrichello to leapfrog the Maclarens when they pitted earning him his first victory. Barrichello went on to have a stellar first season with Ferrari with several podium performances and a fourth finish in the championship. He along with teammate Michael Schumacher, who won the Driver’s Championship, propelled Ferrari to the Constructors Championship.
Barrichello finished the 2001 season in third place in the championship on the strength of 10 podium finishes and again helped Schumacher win his second drivers’ championship and Ferrari earn their third consecutive Constructor’s Championship.
In 2002, Barrichello’s success continued with Ferrari. He finished a career best second in the Drivers’ Championship with 77 points with four wins.
Barrichello stayed with Ferrari for another three years. During that three-year period he earned seven poles, five more victories and had 26 podiums performances. He finished second again in the Driver’s Championship in 2004.
From 2006 – 2008, Barrichello raced with Honda. At the Turkish Grand Prix, he became the most experienced driver in Formula One history. Barrichello broke Riccardo Patrese’s record for most starts (256), a record that stood for 14 years. However, at the end of the year Honda announced they were leaving Formula One leaving Barrichello uncertain who he would race for the next season.
Just days before the 2009 season opener in Melbourne, veteran designer Ross Brawn bought Honda and renamed it Brawn GP. Barrichello was chosen to drive for the team alongside Jenson Button. He claimed the pole in Brazil, scored two wins (European and Italian Grand Prix), finished on the podium six times and placed third in the Driver’s Championship with 77 points.
Barrichello moved to Williams in 2010 and became the first driver in Formula One history to compete in over 300 Grands Prix. He finished in the top-five twice and placed 10th in the Driver’s Championship. Barrichello remained with Williams for the 2011 season earning two top-10 finishes. The team scored five points overall with Barrichello contributing to four of them.
• NAME: Rubens Barrichello
• BIRTHPLACE:São Paulo, Brazil
• BIRTHDATE: May 23, 1972
• RESIDENCE: Brazil
• MARITAL STATUS: Married to Silvana
• HOBBIES: Golf, Karting, Virtual Games
• WEBSITE: www.barrichello.com.br
• TEAM: KV Racing Technology
• CAR: No. 8 BMC | Embrase - KV Racing Technology Chevrolet/Firestone
• INDYCAR SEASONS: 0
• FIRST INDYCAR SERIES SEASON: 2012
• INDYCAR STARTS: 0
• INDYCAR WINS: 0
• INDYCAR POLES: 0
• INDYCAR PODIUMS: 0
• INDYCAR TOP-FIVE: 0
• INDYCAR TOP-10: 0
• INDYCAR LAPS LED: 0
• FORMULA 1 SEASONS: 19 (1993 - 2011)
• FIRST FORMULA 1 SEASON: 1993 (First start: 3/14/93 Kyalami, South Africa)
• FORMULA 1 STARTS: 322 (Last start: 11/27/11 Brazil)
• FORMULA 1 WINS: 11
• FORMULA 1 POLES: 14
• FORMULA 1 PODIUMS: 68
• FORMULA 1 TOP-FIVE: 106
• FORMULA 1 TOP-10: 172
• 1990: Formula Vauxhall Lotus champion
• 1991: Won the British Formula 3 Championship
• 1992: Finished third in Formula 3000
• 1993: Joined Jordan Formula One
• 1994: Became youngest driver to secure a pole position at the time (Spa-Francorchamps) Finished sixth in the Championship
• 1995: Second place finish in Montreal
• 1997: Second place finish in Monaco with Stewart Racing
• 1998:Won Granja Viana 500 kart race in São Paulo, Brazil
• 1999: Three podium finishes (San Marino, French and European Grand Prix) and a pole position (French Grand Prix)
• 2000: Signed with Ferrari and achieved his first Grand Prix victory (Hockenheim). Finished most races on the podium, puttinghim fourth in the Championship standings. Won Granja Viana 500 kart race in São Paulo, Brazil
• 2001:Finished third in the championship with 56 points, achieving a total of 10 podium finishes. Won Granja Viana 500 kart race in São Paulo, Brazil
• 2002: Won four races, finished a career best second place in the drivers' championship, scoring 77 championship pointsWon Granja Viana 500 kart race in São Paulo, Brazil
• 2003: Ended the year fourth in the Championship with 65 points, including two wins (Silverstone and Suzuka)
• 2004: Won both the Italian and Chinese Grands Prix, totaled 14 podiums to finish second in Championship with 114 points Won Granja Viana 500 kart race in São Paulo, Brazil
• 2005: Won Granja Viana 500 kart race in São Paulo, Brazil
• 2006: Moved to Honda Formula One team
• 2007: At Turkish Grand Prix, became the most experienced driver in F1 history with 257 starts (previously help by Ricardo Patrese for 14 years)
• 2009: Joins Brawn GP.Finished third in the Championship standings with 77 points.
• 2010 - 2011: Joins AT&T Williams
Year-by-year highlights, statistics and race-by-race results.