Rubens Barrichello may be a 40-year-old veteran of Formula One racing, but he is racing in IndyCar for the first time in his career. His 11th place finished at the 2012 Indianapolis 500 was his first time racing around the Indianapolis Motor Speedway oval, and for his efforts he was given the Chase Rookie of the Year Award.
"It was a very busy afternoon," Barrichello said. "I had to be a quick learner and the last 20 laps were totally different to the first 180. Today I wanted to be competitive, but I also wanted to make sure I was running till the finish. I think right at the end we had a little too much downforce on the car, but I am so proud of what we achieved. The team did a fantastic job of keeping me safe and I really enjoyed my first Indianapolis 500."
With a win, Barrichello could have become the first driver ever to win the U.S. Formula One Grand Prix and the Indy 500 in his career. He was in the Top 10 with 52 laps to go, but was ultimately edged out by Helio Castroneves.
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