Formula One veteran Rubens Barrichello will get some of the benefits of other first-year IndyCar drivers.
IndyCar said Monday that Barrichello will receive an extra set of tires and be allowed to practice in Group 1 of the first session along with other rookie drivers at road/street courses where he hasn't tested. He will get the extra tires and track time at all ovals.
The Brazilian driver will have to complete the Rookie Orientation Program like all drivers competing in the Indianapolis 500 for the first time.
Barrichello is a 19-year veteran of Formula One, who won 11 races. He has argued that he is ''definitely a rookie'' because he's unfamiliar with most tracks. He won't be eligible for rookie of the year honors.
From Indycar Press Release:Rubens Barrichello, who has competed in two IZOD IndyCar Series races, isn't eligible for Rookie of the Year honors but will receive some benefits accorded to first-year drivers the remainder of the season.Barrichello's status has been "re-evaluated based on team request," INDYCAR president of competition Beaux Barfield said.Barrichello...