Rubicon Racing finds a partner

Posted by Iannucci | 4/09/2009 | 12 comments »
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Last year Jason Priestly and Jim Freudenberg's Rubicon Race Team attempted to get Max Papis in to the Indianapolis 500 in their first foray into IndyCar racing. Max didn't make the field of 33, but that didn't seems to stop this new team.

Reports earlier this spring indicated Rubicon was going to be back as a full schedule team in 2009, and that they had snapped up the newly-unemployed Buddy Rice as their driver. He was even spotted on the Rubicon Racing site. However, as folks with two eyes may have notices, there wasn't a Rubicon entry and

Today though, the Rubicon team Twitter account passed along a little info.

Rubicon Race Team is now Rubicon Sports Agency. Stay tuned for exciting announcements about our involvement in Indy Car racing.

Rubicon Sports Agency partnering with Conquest Racing. More news to follow in a few days.

A quick check of the Rubicon driver page no longer shows Rice, so are looking at maybe, possibly, could be...Max Papis to Conquest? Better keep an eye on @RubiconRaceTeam, @ConquestRacing, and maybe even @MaxPapis.

THEN AGAIN: Buddy Rice is also listed on a different page of the site. (Thanks to James at 16th and Georgetown for being on top of this.)


  1. Declan // April 09, 2009 7:41 AM  


    It was mentioned, during the diabolical online qualifying coverage, that Rubicon were going to partner with other teams and effectively become a sponsor finder.

    That makes absolutely zero sense. If you can't find money to run yourself why would you think you can find money to run other people.

    It's all a bit baffling quite honestly.


  2. Iannucci // April 09, 2009 7:58 AM  

    Well, in Rubicon's defense perhaps they were great at courting sponsors but couldn't get them to commit because they hadn't actually placed a car in a race yet. It might be easier to get someone to commit to signing a check if you have an established team that has run actual races.

    The Rubicon group could be pursuing this course of action temporarily until they can field their own car again, although if that's the case it wouldn't negate your point.

  3. pressdog // April 09, 2009 8:48 AM  

    The photo with this post is so super-wrong I'm incapable of speech.

  4. Allen Wedge // April 09, 2009 8:55 AM  

    I believe the full word is that they had some associate level sponsors still committed to them after the big one went bankrupt (but it wasn't enough for full time). So they were going to other teams who could use it with the proposition being they'd point the associates in their direction in trade for a Indy 500 car for their driver. (who I assume is Buddy Rice)

  5. AZZO45 // April 09, 2009 9:14 AM  

    Who was the bankrupt Rubicon sponsor? Anyone know?? (or willing to tell) :)

  6. The SpeedGeek // April 09, 2009 10:40 AM  

    The real news here would be the possibility of Priestly bringing Shannen along with him to races. If that happened, she'd probably get in a fight with Ashley Judd on pitlane. Then, you'd have to find like 15 more cars for all the sponsors who'd line up for The League. Everybody wins.

  7. Carrie // April 09, 2009 11:43 AM  

    I can tell y'all are a bunch of men who had to much machismo to watch 90210 or were too old to watch.

    It's Priestley, darn it. Priestley!

    And, apparently, it's my day to correct 80's/90's pop culture references on racing sites.

  8. John Wilcox // April 09, 2009 12:58 PM  

    t's funny, a while after Priestley badly mangled his head and body in a mini-crapper, he announced that he had made a 'full' recovery.

    Obviously if he's still involved in IndyCar, he suffered permanent brain damage.

  9. AZZO45 // April 09, 2009 3:24 PM  

    Shannen Doherty??? UGH!!!

    The one with the crooked face? No thanks... google has informed me we share the same birthday & I'm glad THAT ALL!!!

    Ashley Judd's beauty level for Indy guests please!!!

  10. Iannucci // April 09, 2009 4:37 PM  

    I've always been partial to Jennie Garth, myself. Can't act her way out of a wet paper bag, but she seems pleasant and she's still easy on the eyes.

  11. AZZO45 // April 09, 2009 6:23 PM  

    Jennie Garth falls into the Ashley Judd "pitpass worthy" class!!! :) :) :) No acting required in the pits.

  12. Dale Nixon // April 11, 2009 7:36 AM  

    I'm just wondering if "John Wilcox" is an nom de plume for Gerry Forsythe...and how the all those "great" DP-01's are doing on the track this year.