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Tuesday - June 26, 2012, 5:53 pm

“I must say I am happy with this seventh place finish.”

Rubens entry, qualified 13th, but started 11th after penalties were assessed to other drivers.  He gained the two spots in the opening two laps putting him in ninth place and from that point on drove a solid, consistent race avoiding the mistakes that some of the more experienced oval drivers fell victim to.  Barrichello, who made his debut on the challenging Iowa short oval, ran in or near the top-10 the entire race dropping as low as 14th only during pit stops.  He gained confidence throughout the course of the race and following his last pit stop on lap 182 he rejoined the race in ninth position.  He moved into eighth place when James Hinchcliffe crashed and then made a pass late in the race to move into seventh.

“I must say I am happy with this seventh place finish,” Barrichello said.  “I started the race on a completely different set up and for two stints my car was pretty loose.  We managed not to lose a lap and once the car got better after the changes we made in the first two pit stops I was able to race.  It's still such a different experience on ovals, but like I said, I am pleased with the result.”
 
Barrichello made his third career oval start (he did not start in Texas because of a non-team related component failure) last night.  The 40-year-old Brazilian and Formula One veteran, who had never turned a wheel on an oval prior to this year, has adapted quickly to oval racing in his rookie IndyCar season   In his three starts he has tonight’s seventh place finish, his first top-10 oval performance placing 10th last weekend in Milwaukee and finished 11th, earning the Chase Rookie of the Year Award, at Indy.   Barrichello, who has finished seven of the nine races this year (both his DNFs, Detroit and Texas, came as a result of non-team related component failures), has five top-10 performances, the seventh tonight, the 10th on the oval at Milwaukee, an eighth on the permanent road course at Barber Motor Sports Park and a ninth and 10th respectively on streets circuits at Long Beach and Brazil.  He earned 26 points tonight and currently sits15th in the championship standings with 164 points, just 29 points out of 10th.

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