Rubens Barrichello was among a dozen drivers who participated in an IndyCar Series test in Texas on Monday. The former F1 pilot, who were the most experienced driver in F1 history with 326 races to his name, switched to IndyCar for the 2012 season, after being dropped by the Williams team.
The Brazilian has so far competed in four races, but all of them has been on street circuits and according to the man himself, nothing could have prepared him for the experience of lapping the oval with over 200 mph.
“It was bloody fast, and very, very much different than anything I have ever tried,” Barrichello said. “I’ve had places that in Formula One that they say, ‘Oh, it’s almost flat and it’s a big corner and it’s a big challenge’. But the walls were never so close. I’m truly excited from what I just had. But my mind is still processing everything that has just happened.”
Rubens Barrichello has racked up 79 points and is in 11th place. Team mate Tony Kanaan is 14th with 71 points.
The engines used in IndyCar are 2.2 Litre V6 turbocharged engines, with a 12,000 rpm limit. They produce between 550-700 bhp. Lotus also supplied as much as four teams, but one of them, Dragon Racing, is now suing Lotus for what they call ‘especially outrageous’ lies. Dragon Racing is demanding £2.84m in damages. Also the majority of the Lotus-powered teams have slammed the supplier for unreliable and underperforming engines. Read more on that here.