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Eduardo Barrichello will compete in USF2000

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Eduardo Barrichello, age 17, will fill the second seat at Miller Vinatieri Motorsports in the USF2000 series next year. He is the son of former F1 and IndyCar driver Rubens Barrichello.

The USF200 is the first rung on the Mazda Road to Indy developmental ladder that leads to IndyCar.

“I am excited to join Miller Vinatieri Motorsports and the USF2000 program in 2019,” said Barrichello at IndyCar.com. “The Road to Indy program is something that I have followed throughout karting, and to finally be able to take part in it is something special. The plan is to get lots of testing under my belt before the first race of the season, but I can tell you that I am already counting down the days to St. Pete.”

The streets of St Petersburg will mark the opening race on the calendar in March.

Barrichello is also slated to drive a USF2000 car this week at Sebring International Raceway in Florida.

Last year, Barrichello ran his first full season in open wheel cars. He competed in the F4 United States Championship and scored four top-10 finishes in 17 races.

“We are very pleased to have Eduardo join the MVM family,” said Jack Miller, the team co-owner along with Indianapolis Colts kicker Adam Vinatieri. “Eduardo is son of former Formula One star Rubens Barrichello and their family bond is unmistakable. It rings true having my son as a second-generation driver, so I am confident Eduardo and the whole Barrichello family will fit perfectly into our operation.

“We will be running our first season in the USF2000 ranks, but we have put together an excellent and experienced crew and engineer, making a great platform for Eduardo as he begins his march up the Road to Indy ladder.”

IMSA’s 50th Anniversary Celebration: Why Sebring is so special to Bobby Rahal

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Bobby Rahal has driven in some of the biggest races in the world, including the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the Rolex 24 Hours and, of course, winning the Indianapolis 500 as a driver in 1986 and in 2004 as a team owner.

But winning the 12 Hours of Sebring two years in a row (1987 and 1988), Rahal feels, is right up there in terms of his greatest accomplishments as a race car driver.

As IMSA celebrates its 50th anniversary, Rahal reflected on what racing at Sebring International Raceway has meant to him:

“To me, Sebring is the ultimate endurance race. Not as long as Daytona or Le Mans, but the demands put on a car and driver at Sebring are highly unusual.

“My father raced at Sebring in the late 60’s. To win that race two years in a row really meant something to me.

“While we’ve won a lot of other races, we’ve won just about everywhere, you name it. But for me personally, winning at Sebring those two years in a row was very special.”

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