Rubens Barrichello to contest the Daytona 24 Hours for Wayne Taylor

Ex-Formula 1 driver Rubens Barrichello will race for Wayne Taylor Racing in this weekend's Daytona 24 Hours

Rubens Barrichello to contest the Daytona 24 Hours for Wayne Taylor

WTR has made Barrichello, 43, a late addition to its line-up for the opening round of the IMSA SportsCar Championship.

Barrichello, who won 11 grands prix during his F1 career, will share its Dallara-Chevrolet Corvette DP with regular drivers Ricky and Jordan Taylor and team co-owner Max Angelelli.

It will be the second consecutive year that Brazilian Stock Car Championship regular Barrichello, who raced against Angelelli in Formula 3 in the early '90s, will compete at Daytona.

He drove a Riley Daytona Prototype for the Starworks team last year.

Barrichello, whose Formula 1 career came to end in 2011 after 19 seasons, said: "I'm excited by this opportunity because the Daytona 24 Hours has always been a race in which I've had a great interest.

"When I recently expressed an interest to drive this year for Wayne [Taylor, WTR boss] and his team, he made it possible for me."

Wayne Taylor, whose squad finished runner-up at Daytona in 2013 and '14, said that for the team to add a fourth driver "it had to be somebody who is at the top of his game".

He also pointed out that Jordan, the younger of his two sons, had "been a little under the weather recently".

"With a race of this magnitude and intensity, you want to be sure you have plenty of driver support," Taylor Sr explained.

"This is something of a precautionary move, but to include a driver of Rubens' calibre in our already stout driver line-up, we should be in great shape."

This will be Barrichello's third start at Daytona and his second outing aboard a Daytona Protoype.

He raced a Porsche 911 GT3-R as part of an all-Brazilian driver line-up including friend Tony Kanaan in the 2013 24 Hours.

Barrichello then contested the Indianapolis round of the Grand-Am series at the wheel of the Doran team's Dallara-Ford DP01 later that season.

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