Barrichello's Indy 500: The oldest rookie in town

Barrichello's Indy 500: The oldest rookie in town

Rubens Barrichello qualified 10th and finished 11th on his Indy 500 debut - his first-ever oval race. Charles Bradley studied his every move, and was impressed with the ex-F1 star's progress

"He's the oldest rookie we've ever seen!" Tony Kanaan is in playful mood in the post-Indianapolis 500 press conference, despite the fact that he's just missed out on winning it... again. The target of his ribbing, Rookie of the Year Rubens Barrichello, is grinning right next to him. "I'm sitting here because I'm a rookie," he shoots back. Pointing to his namecard on the desk in front of him, he adds: "I have 'Rubens Barrichello, Rookie'."

Twelve months ago on Memorial Day weekend, the Formula 1 veteran-spec Barrichello was racing to ninth place for Williams around the streets of Monaco, a world far removed from running 220mph around Indy. Now 40 years of age, racing to an 11th place finish at the Brickyard - a venue where his 322 grand prix starts, 11 wins and 68 podiums counted for zilch - left a big impression on Rubens.

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