He is hoping to repeat the success of other F1 drivers who made the move to the U.S.-based series. F1 champion Nigel Mansell joined CART in 1993, winning five races and the title. Emerson Fittipaldi thrived in the late 1980s and early 1990s, winning the series once and the Indy 500 twice. Fittipaldi, also a Brazilian, won the F1 championship in 1972 and 1974.
Barrichello is the biggest name to move to an American-based open-wheel series since Mansell. The Brazilian finished second in the F1 drivers’ championship in 2002 and 2004 with Ferrari, both times behind seven-time champion Michael Schumacher.
He won 11 races in F1, but none in Brazil, where his best finish was third in 2004. He earned three pole positions when racing at home, two with Ferrari in 2003 and 2004 and one with Brawn GP in 2009.
“The only thing I can guarantee is that I’ll be giving my best this weekend,” Barrichello said. “Let’s just see what happens.”
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