Rubens Barrichello came in 11th place at the 2012 Indianapolis 500, good enough to earn him the title of Chase Rookie of the Year. The 40-year-old performed well in his first time around the Indianapolis Motor Speedway oval.
"It was a very busy afternoon," Barrichello said. "I had to be a quick learner and the last 20 laps were totally different to the first 180. Today I wanted to be competitive, but I also wanted to make sure I was running till the finish. I think right at the end we had a little too much downforce on the car, but I am so proud of what we achieved. The team did a fantastic job of keeping me safe and I really enjoyed my first Indianapolis 500."
Barrichello is a veteran of Formula One racing, but was competing in IndyCar for just the first time in his career. With a win, he would have become the first driver ever to win the U.S. Grand Prix Formula One race and the Indy 500 in his career. Barrichello was in the Top 10 by Lap 148 of the race before ultimately being edged by Helio Castroneves.