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.