Rubens Barrichello will race again in America later this month as he will race for the Starworks motorsport team in their Riley-BMW Daytona Prototype at the Daytona 24 Hours on January 24th/25th. Barrichello will join an all star line up at Starworks consisting of team regular Scott Mayer, Porsche factory driver Brendon Hartley, Tor Graves and past Indycar and Indy 500 winner Ryan Hunter-Reay.
Team boss Peter Baron explained his courting of Barrichello to Autosport magazine "When Rubens was doing his IndyCar season we were contemplating getting him in a car at a couple of races, but it didn't really work out, Brendon was a given for this season straight after doing Daytona with us last year and apparently Rubens was hanging out with the Porsche guys at the Brazilian World Endurance Championship race [last November], and said, 'you've got to get me in a car for Daytona'. He came back to me, so I know that he really wants to do it - that's important when you bring in a star driver for Daytona. "
Barrichello previously contested the Daytona 24 Hours two years ago in an all-Brazilian line up racing a Porsche GT3 Cup car in the GTD class, yet this will be his first chance at overall victory. Barrichello will be joined by Indycar champion Hunter-Reay and Porsche factory driver Hartley, both of whom have previous experience with the Starworks team.
The Starworks team suffered a difficult 2014, yet the team is looking to be a contender for victory at Daytona at the end of the month. The team has one of the best line up's on the grid, and will have the always reliable Riley-BMW package alongside the experience, slick work from the Starworks team. Whilst it's almost impossible to predict who will perform well in such a competitive race as the Daytona 24 Hours, expect Starworks to surprise this year.
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