Former Formula 1 star Rubens Barrichello will be back in karting action this year, having committed to the Florida Winter Tour in the United States – racing on the same weekends as his two young sons.
Barrichello – who holds the record for the most F1 career starts – will contest the 2016 Sofina Foods Florida Winter Tour Powered by MAXSpeed Entertainment.
He is confirmed for both the ROK Cup USA and Rotax class events for the upcoming season-opening Homestead rounds, and will team up with the Ocala Gran Prix squad in ROK Shifter and Rotax DD2 MAX classes.
Barrichello’s sons Eduardo and Fernando have also confirmed participation in Homestead, with the trio certain to be a threat in their respective classes.
“The Florida Winter Tour is a great place to race and provides the perfect setting for me to do what I love, spend time with my boys and compete at a high level,” said Barrichello.
“I could not be happier to once again be with Ocala Gran Prix and have all three of us aboard Tony Kart chassis.
“I like competition. I would rather finish fifth in a field of 30 talented and fierce competitors than dominate in a field of five, and I want my kids to have the same motivation that I do and the competition that is present at the Florida Winter Tour allows for this.
“I can’t wait until we get on track.”
Proven recent karting record
Coming off a fourth place finish at the prestigious Rotax MAX Challenge Grand Finals in the DD2 MAX division, Barrichello placed second overall in the 2015 Florida Winter Tour ROK Shifter Senior standings, on the strength of several podiums and one main event victory.
“We welcome Rubens back to the Sofina Foods Florida Winter Tour. He is a great supporter of karting and an avid fan of the winter series,” said MAXSpeed Entertainment's Garett Potter.
“Rubens showed well at the 2015 Rotax MAX Challenge Grand Finals in Portugal and is eager to compete during both the ROK and Rotax weekends of competition.”
Sons also in action
Barrichello’s sons Eduardo and Fernando both raced in the ROK Cup USA weekend at the series opener in Homestead, as well as the Orlando events in 2015.
Fernando swept the Micro ROK class last year in Homestead, scoring both final wins in commanding fashion. The youngest Barrichello will move up to the Mini ranks in both ROK and Rotax, while Eduardo will again run in the hotly contested Junior divisions.
The 2016 Sofina Foods Florida Winter Tour Powered by MAXSpeed Entertainment is set for the season opening weekend at Homestead Karting: January 14-17 for ROK, and January 21-24 for Rotax.