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Every day we check in with IndyCar the website––as we build up to the Indy 500. Among the news was a story about Rubens Barrichello's introduction to the high-speed Texas Motor Speedway. We thought you'd enjoy the comments of the Formula 1 ace:
FORT WORTH, Texas — climbed the 24-degree banking between Turns 1 and 2 at Texas Motor Speedway and exclaimed (well, fill in your own expletive).
It's a new chapter in the career of the 19-year Formula One veteran and four-race veteran of the IZOD IndyCar Series.
Barrichello hit the 1.5-mile track at 8:52 a.m. (local) for his IZOD IndyCar Series oval rookie test after KV Racing Technology teammate Tony Kanaan shook down the No. 8 Chevrolet-powered car. Fifty-five minutes later and after maintaining a steady 205-206 mph pace through three stints, Barrichello's facial features eased.
"It's different from anything I've tried," said Barrichello, who has top-10 finishes in his past three road/street course races and is 11th in the championship standings. "On my second run, after I broke the 200s, I was very rude on the radio because I was so excited. I said it was truly awesome, but not in a good manner.
"I am comfortable running, but I just need another 5,000 days to get it to the level of Tony. I've had places in Formula One that they say there's a big corner that's a big challenge, but the walls are never so close. I'm truly excited, but my mind is still processing everything from the 55 minutes on the track. I think as a rookie I think I did OK. I guessed (IZOD IndyCar Series officials) agreed."
With Kanaan and E.J. Viso on hand, Barrichello was scheduled to test from 8-11 p.m. March 6. But that session was put off until today.
"Tony told me a lot of things that helped, and I think he might have tried to make me cringe, too," Barichello said with a laugh.