Following two test outings recently at Sebring and Infineon, Formula 1 veteran Rubens Barrichello will be confirmed tomorrow as the third entry for KV Racing in the upcoming IZOD IndyCar Series.
Barrichello has 322 Formula 1 race starts and eleven victories under his belt, is the most experienced driver in the history of the top echelon of motor racing and the biggest name to hit the series since reigning F1 champion Nigel Mansell came Stateside in 1993. The popular Brazilian lost his last avenue of a drive on the 2012 grid when his former employer Williams confirmed in December that they had signed Bruno Senna for the 2012 season.
Soon after the news broke, Barrichello wasted no time stressing that the fire to continue racing was as strong as it had always been, and within days, long-time friend, fellow countryman and IndyCar champion Tony Kanaan was on the phone urging Barrichello to come and try an IndyCar with a view to racing in the series from this season.
Check out Rubens in action at Sonoma
It is understood that the 39-year-old will be sponsored by Brazilian construction company Brasil Maquinas.
As the announcement is not official yet, there are no comments available from either team-owner Jimmy Vasser, Kevin Kalkhoven or Tony Kanaan but these are expected when the announcement is made official.
The diminutive 26-year-old – who is supported by Venezuelan fuel giant PDVSA – will rack up his fiftieth championship start at the season-opening Grand Prix of St Petersburg next month, and he’ll be looking to show the team that their continued faith in him is justified.
To-date, Viso has achieved little of note in the championship, other than a reputation for being rather unpredictable behind the wheel and having an affinity for clobbering cement walls. He has earned just one podium finish to-date, it being a third-placed effort at Iowa in 2010.