Indy 500 2012: Josef Newgarden, Rubens Barrichello Lead Rookie Drivers

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Indy 500 2012: Josef Newgarden, Rubens Barrichello Lead Rookie Drivers
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Twelve combined Formula One wins. Two USAC National Drivers' Championships. Four Firestone Freedom 100 victories.These are the accomplishments of a selective, very talented crop of drivers.The one thing they have in common?

All of them are Indianapolis 500 rookies this year.

This year's selection of first-timers attempting to make it into "The Greatest Spectacle In Racing" puts most rookie classes to shame with its accomplishments. Their backgrounds span the globe from the dirt tracks of Midwestern America to every European single-seater formula.

They've made starts from Le Mans to Monaco to Indianapolis (albeit in other series, of course). And all of them have done more than enough to earn their way here.

Eight rookies, representing five nations, have qualified for this year's Indianapolis 500. Here they are:

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