Formula One stars go back to their kart roots 23 Oct 2003
Rubens Barrichello and Juan Pablo Montoya are among several big Formula One names due to take part in karting events over the next month. Barrichello will compete in the Granja Viano 500 Mile race in Brazil, while Montoya will participate in a charity race in Colombia.
This year's Granja Viano is the seventh running of the annual team endurance event and takes place in Sao Paulo on November 8-9. Barrichello will again link up with fellow Ferrari driver Felipe Massa and IRL star Tony Kanaan, with whom he won the race in 2002. The trio will also be joined by 16-year old Marco Andretti, son of 1978 Formula One world champion Mario.
Barrichello is a regular in the event which was originally started back in 1997 as some end-of-season fun but now attracts many of Brazil's biggest motorsport names. Barrichello won in 1998 and 2000 to 2002, while Massa, then just a local rising star in Formula Chevrolet, grabbed victory in the inaugural event.
Elsewhere in South America, the Colombian city of Cartegena will host the Formula Smiles charity kart race on November 15 to raise funds for underprivileged children in the country. Montoya, who announced the programme for the event in Bogota earlier this year, will be joined by fellow Formula One drivers including Williams colleague Marc Gene, Toyota's Cristiano da Matta and former-Jaguar pilot Antonio Pizzonia.