Rubens Barrichello will lead Team ROK Cup USA into the Shifter ROK Final later today in Lonato, Italy. Of the 34 drivers who have made the Shifter ROK Final, four of them will represent our home country's ROK program. You can watch the Shifter ROK category live, beginning at 9:40am EDT.
Barrichello racked up an up and down heat race record of 7-20-2, slotting him into 15th for the start. The Brazilian has the ability to get into the top 10 and that has to be his goal heading into the 20 lap finale.
Behind Barrichello, we have Floridian Mathias Ramirez on the Birel, starting 20th. Ramirez has launched incredibly well on the starts here this week and we could see him into the top 15 before turn two. Jimmy Cabrera collected 39 points and will start 28th, five spot ahead of Canadian Ethan Simioni.
Gianfranco Mazzaferro tied for 34th, the last place on the starting grid, but lost the qualifying position tiebreaker and will be the first kart out of the Final later today.