Former F1 race winner Rubens Barrichello will join Wayne Taylor Racing for the 54th Daytona 24 Hours this weekend (January 30-31).
The Brazilian veteran will partner Jordan Taylor, Ricky Taylor and Max Angelelli in the #10 Dallara-Corvette Daytona Prototype for the opening round of the WeatherTech Sportscar Championship.
Barrichello, who won 11 races in his 19 season Formula 1 career, currently holds the record for the number of Grand Prix starts with 322. The 43 year old is no stranger to the Daytona 24 Hours either, having taken part in the 2013 and 2015 events.
“I’m excited for this opportunity as the Rolex 24 has always been a race that I’ve had a great interest in and, when I recently expressed an interest to drive this year for Wayne and his team, he made it possible for me,” said Barrichello. “This is one of the most successful teams in the history of sports car racing and it’s a great pleasure to be able to race in the Rolex 24 with such a competitive team. I have known Max since we raced together in Formula 3 in the early ’90s, and I have been a fan of Ricky and Jordan for some time, now. If they’re not out there winning races, they always seem to be fighting to win at the end. I am looking forward to this opportunity.”
“I’ve known and watched Rubens for many, many years, including his incredible driving last year at Daytona,” said team owner Wayne Taylor. “For us to add a fourth driver, it definitely has to be somebody who is at the top of his game and, quite simply, it’s a pleasure to add a guy like Rubens, who I have been in awe of for so many years.”
“Jordan has been a little under the weather, lately, and with a race of this magnitude and intensity, you want to be sure you have plenty of driver support. This is something of a precautionary move, but to include a driver of Rubens’ calibre in our already stout driver lineup, we should be in absolutely great shape.”
Wayne Taylor Racing will begin its quest for a maiden Daytona 24 Hours victory on Thursday, January 28 at free practice and qualifying. The race will begin on Saturday, January 30 at 14:40 ET.