What other competitors are saying about Barrichello joining the IndyCar Series
Selection of comments from IZOD IndyCar Series drivers about competing with and against Rubens Barrichello.
TONY KANAAN, driver of the No. 11 GEICO | Mouser Electronics car for KV Racing Technology, fellow Brazilian and 2004 IZOD IndyCar Series champion: "I have a guy who has 19 years of experience in Formula One; one of the best drivers I've ever seen as a teammate that I can learn a lot and he can learn a lot from me racing on the ovals in the series. We're getting a guy who has the most grand prix races completed in history. For him, he is in a series where he can win races and not be just part of a field because the equipment is not capable of winning. So I am looking forward to the start of the season. I think it's going to be a very exciting year."
DARIO FRANCHITTI, driver of No. 10 Target Chip Ganassi Racing car and four-time IZOD IndyCar Series champion: "It's only a positive. He ups the level of competition in the field yet again."
SCOTT DIXON, driver of No. 9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing car and two-time IZOD IndyCar Series champion: "I think it's obviously huge for the series as Rubens has some real name recognition that he can bring to the IZOD IndyCar Series on an international level. With new cars and engine manufacturers rejoining our sport this year, the addition of Rubens just adds to the buzz surrounding IndyCar racing right now. I look forward to competing against him and all the drivers in the Target car when the green flag drops in St. Petersburg later this month."
HELIO CASTRONEVES, driver of the No. 3 Team Penske car, a fellow Brazilian and three-time Indianapolis 500 champion: "The entire series will get a boost with Rubinho's presence. It's another great name added to our grid. He will be fighting for the title, and the championship will only gain from that."
ED CARPENTER, team owner/driver of the No. 20 Fuzzy's Ultra Premium Vodka Chevrolet for Ed Carpenter Racing: "Rubens will be a great addition to the IZOD IndyCar Series. His driving talent and personality gives the series an international flavor. Just talking with Rubens, I know he is excited about driving an IndyCar in 2012. We are looking forward to his enthusiasm and professionalism in our series."
E.J. VISO, driver of the No. 8 CITGO | PDVSA car for KV Racing Technology: "Having Rubens on board will be an asset for us; somebody who has so much experience."
CHARLIE KIMBALL, driver of the No. 83 Novo Nordisk Chip Ganassi Racing car: "Having Rubens in the IndyCar Series adds one more incredible talent to the field and guarantees that our race in Brazil will be even more crazy than usual. Rubens has been around racing for a long time and is so well-respected that he will be a huge asset to IndyCar racing."