Another Brazilian bummer for IndyCar
Chris Symeon, Motorsports Editor
Sao Paulo, Brazil (Sports Network) -
For the second year in a row, Mother Nature rained on the IZOD IndyCar Series' parade in Brazil.
IndyCar just doesn't seem to have any luck when it runs on the streets of South America's largest city.
When the series competed on the 2.6-mile Sao Paulo street circuit for the first time in 2010, race officials placed a two-hour limit on the scheduled 75-lap event due to numerous cautions and a brief halt for a thunderstorm that moved over the area. Furthermore, qualifying was postponed to the morning of the race after slippery concrete and very bumpy conditions led to unsafe driving conditions.
This year's race was not much different from the previous one here, though teams had to spend an extra day in Sao Paulo.
Under treacherous conditions, 14 laps were completed on Sunday, with most of them under caution for numerous incidents. A multi-car pileup occurred in the first turn of the opening lap, as Brazilian favorites Helio Castroneves and Tony Kanaan, as well as IndyCar's biggest star, Danica Patrick, were caught up in the wreck.
Persistent rain and standing water later forced officials to scrub the remainder of the time-restricted race until the following day.
With one hour and 19 minutes remaining in the event on Monday, light rain continued to fall on the circuit, which created more havoc. Will Power from Team Penske prevailed at the end to win in Brazil for the second straight year.
Will Power from Team Penske prevailed at the end to win in Brazil for the second straight year.
"It was impossible to race [Sunday], so it was the only decision they could make," said Newman/Haas Racing driver Oriol Servia, who finished fifth. "Although we all thought there would be too much rain to race [Monday] too, the organizers were right to push it, because we were able to race and put a show on for the fans.
"I think it was a good show. It was difficult like every rain race. There were a couple of times when the visibility was really bad. When we started, luckily there was the first yellow, because it came out when we were on the back straight, and that was where the visibility was the worst. Luckily, it got better after that."
Even though the Sao Paulo Indy 300 featured its share of crashes and spin outs, perhaps the highlight of IndyCar's extended stay here was Power's adventure around the city the night before the race.
"On Saturday night, I got to drive around with a police officer," Power said. "He was probably quicker than I was in qualifying. No wonder Brazilian drivers are so good, because the way they're allowed to drive through the city. There were people even passing the cop, too. I was like, 'Wow, it doesn't matter here.' I might hire a car, go around and take a few people out."
IndyCar will likely schedule two races in Brazil in 2012, with the second event slated for September in the southern city of Porto Alegre.
Hopefully, IndyCar won't have continuous weather issues there.
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