Barrichello to make Brazilian Stock Car debut
25 September 2012 – Rubens Barrichello has signed up for the Race of Million later this year. The event, featuring stock cars in his native Brazil, will see the Formula 1 turned IndyCar driver competing for charity at Interlagos. It will take place on Sunday 9 December.
The Paulista will race with the Medley/Full Time Sports team in what will be the last round of this season’s Brazilian Stock Car Championship. As well as being the most likely event to crown this year’s Champion in the series, the individual race will also offer one million Brazilian reals (just over £300,000) to the winner.
“I think I have watched every stock car race for a long time and knew that one day I would be there,” says Barrichello, who will pilot a 480 brake horsepower V8 alongside former GP2 driver Xandinho Negrão.
“This time, however, there is a strong reason to be part of it as the company that backs Full Time Sports will give 230,000 reals to the Instituto Barrichello Kanaan, a non-governmental organisation which helps public schools and social organisations with technical support, promoting citizenship through the sport.”
Up until the end of 2011, when he was replaced at Williams by good friend Bruno Senna, Barrichello had raced in Formula 1 since his 1993 campaign with Jordan.