Ex-Formula 1 and IndyCar Series driver Rubens Barrichello will get another chance to drive at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway next week as he takes part in the Grand-Am Rolex Series' Brickyard Grand Prix event on the IMS road course.
The 19-year F1 veteran, who returned to Brazil after completing a single IndyCar season in 2012, will partner with Pro-Am driver Doug Peterson in the No. 77 Doran Racing Dallara-Ford, marking Barrichello's first start in a Daytona Prototype.
"It came together here at the last minute and we're really excited about it," Doran told RACER. "Doug's going to be here in the morning to fit the race seat, and because he's bigger than Rubens, Rubens will make his seat to fit inside Doug's."
41-year-old Barrichello made eight F1 starts at Indy while driving for Ferrari, winning the event for the Prancing Horse in 2002, and also finished 11th last year in the 96th running of the Indy 500. He turned his attention to a full-time drive in the Brazilian Stock Car series for 2013, also made his Rolex Series debut in the Rolex 24 at Daytona in January, sharing a Porsche in the GT class with his close friend Tony Kanaan.
Kanaan, who won the Indy 500 in May, will also take part in the Brickyard Grand Prix on July 26 in a second DP entered by Chip Ganassi.
Doran says his drivers will get a chance to sample the No. 77 for the first time early next week before shifting their attention to the Speedway.
"Rubens and Doug and the team will meet up at Putnam Park on Tuesday morning to get them some laps in the car so they have an idea of what to expect when the race weekend gets going," he noted.
"With the new Gen 3 bodywork, we have a really good car that can run with the others. It will be hard to keep up with the guys who race at every round, and we don't expect to steal the show, but having Rubens there will be a big deal. We're really hopeful we can to impress him and keep him coming back for more races."