Thursday, March 1, 2012

Barrichello: INDYCAR Gets A Good One

As I write this, the world is hearing the official announcement many of us have known or suspected to be long-imminent:

Rubens Barrichello is coming to INDYCAR.

The longest-tenured driver in F1 history will be contesting a full season with KV Racing--yes, even Indy and Fontana--against the likes of Dario Franchitti, Will Power, Sebastien Bourdais, Justin Wilson, Oriol Servia, Marco Andretti, Ryan Hunter-Reay, and, of course, his good friend Tony Kanaan. And if that doesn't do something for you, you might want to check your pulse.

Of course, this will be endlessly analyzed and dissected as far as what this really means, but here's what you need to know: a globally respected and admired driver has joined the ranks of the IZOD IndyCar Series.Of this, there can be no doubt. No one is saying is his oft-cited 1.5 million Twitter followers will be die-hard IndyCar fans, but they sure don't hurt, do they? And when's the last time an IndyCar driver signing was covered by the Washington Post, Globe and Mail, San Francisco Chronicle, and the other national and international news agencies that are rolling in, from places such as the Netherlands, Italy, Brazil, Australia, and more, all at the same time?

Later this month, the IZOD IndyCar Series, with Barrichello full-time in the #8 BMC | Embrase car, will open the season at St. Petersburg boasting the deepest, most talented field they've had in over a decade. And if that's not something to celebrate, I don't know what is.


  1. It is fantastic news! Rubens will bring in new viewers and gives credence to the most talented drivers in the world in the most diverse series. Its a win-win for everyone involved.

  2. Agree with both comments! It's pretty telling how excited the other drivers are to get to compete with him...

  3. Incidentally, Rubens has been trending worldwide on Twitter today. :)

  4. Ouch, man... think about how tough KV racing's going to be this year. You know the team's got some talent when you can make a legitimate argument that TK is not the most accomplished driver present.

    Yeah. TK. He of the magnificent driving abilities. He who'd normally be top dog on any team in Indycar. You'd have to pair him with Dario, Dixon, Castroneves, etc. before you could conceivably use the word "equals". Yet, measured against Barrichello...

    Man, if that team's engineering and pit guys shine this year, they're going to be tough to beat. Given the new car this year, I don't think you can quite say that Penske and Gannassi are going to be head and shoulders above the rest, so teams not named "Andretti" have an even better shot than in the past to win. It's going to be one hell of a year, and might we even see KVR take a few races? It sure as heck isn't impossible.

    What a time to be a fan of the series.

    1. I think your last sentence covers it all!

      It's going to be pretty wild out there, however you look at it.