Rubens Barrichello has officially confirmed his presence at the Florida Winter Tour ROK Weekends. He will be racing for Ocala Gran Prix at Homestead Karting on January 17-18 and at Orlando Kart Center on February 21-22. Barrichello will be driving a ROK Shifter while competing at the FWT, and Ocala Gran Prix’s owner, Jorge Arellano, is excited to welcome Barrichello to the team.
Barrichello is no stranger to the karting scene, having started his professional racing career in karting. After having won five karting titles in Brazil, Barrichello went on to Europe to start his Formula One career. Between 1993 and 2011, Barrichello competed in Formula One races, driving for Ferrari from 2000 to 2005, where he finished as championship runner-up in both 2002 and 2004. After Formula One, Barrichello moved back to Brazil to participate in the Brazilian Stock Car V8 Series. Driving a Chevrolet Sonic for the Full Time Sports Team, Barrichello came in first place in 2014. Barrichello has recently dusted off his karting shoes and joined the scene again, and he’s preparing for his ROK FWT experience by qualifying in the pole position in the 500 Miles of Karting at the Beto Carrerro World Event, taking place in the Kartodromo International at Granja Vianna in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
The presence of a tried and true racer like Barrichello will up the stakes for both the OGP team and the FWT ROK weekends. Come out to Homestead and Orlando to watch Rubens Barrichello race or check out the FWT Live Stream coverage of the events at http://www.floridawintertour.com/fwtlive/2015/