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IZOD IndyCar Series - Itaipava Sao Paulo Indy 300 Preview

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DATE: Sunday, May 1st
SITE: Streets of Sao Paulo -- Sao Paulo, Brazil
TRACK: 2.536-mile, 11-turn temporary street circuit
ANNOUNCERS: Bob Jenkins, Jon Beekhuis, Wally Dallenbach
RADIO: IMS Radio Network/SIRIUS XM Satellite
START TIME: 12 p.m. (et)
RUNNER-UP: Ryan Hunter-Reay
POLE WINNER: Dario Franchitti (Finished 7th)
LAPS: 75
MILES: 190.2
QUALIFYING RECORD: Dario Franchitti, 2010 (104.058 m.p.h.)
RACE RECORD: Will Power, 2010 (76.733 m.p.h.)
2010 Finish
1Will Power56Scott Dixon7
2Ryan Hunter-Reay47Dario Franchitti1
3Vitor Meira168Mike Conway19
4Raphael Matos129Helio Castroneves9
5Dan Wheldon1810Tony Kanaan6
2010 Itaipava Sao Paulo Indy 300 Facts and Figures
AVERAGE SPEED: 76.733 m.p.h.
TIME OF RACE: 2 hours, 57.7112 seconds
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 1.8581 seconds
CAUTION FLAGS: 5 for 19 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 7 among 5 drivers
POLE WINNER: Dario Franchitti (104.058 m.p.h.)
FASTEST LAP: Will Power, 105.523 m.p.h., Lap 12
Past Itaipava Sao Paulo Indy 300 Winners (Starting Position) Car -- Speed
2010 -- Will Power (5th) -- Dallara-Honda -- 76.733 m.p.h.
Past Itaipava Sao Paulo Indy 300 Pole Winners (Finish)
2010 -- Dario Franchitti -- 7th
Last Race Results
RACE: Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach (April 17th)
SITE: Streets of Long Beach -- Long Beach, California
MILES: 167.28
LAPS: 85
WINNER: Mike Conway
RUNNER-UP: Ryan Briscoe
THIRD: Dario Franchitti
FOURTH: James Hinchcliffe
FIFTH: Alex Tagliani
POLE WINNER: Will Power (Finished 10th)
TIME OF RACE: 1 hour, 53 minutes, 11.1000 seconds
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 6.3203 seconds
AVERAGE SPEED: 100.266 m.p.h.
CAUTION FLAGS: 3 for 12 laps.
LEAD CHANGES: 7 among 6 drivers
LAP LEADERS: Will Power 1-27, Alex Tagliani 28-31, Ryan Briscoe 32-55, Ryan
Hunter-Reay 56-57, Power 58-59, Scott Dixon 60, Briscoe 61-71,
Mike Conway 72-85.
Itaipava Sao Paulo Indy 300 Entry List
CarDriver, HometownCar/Name
2Oriol Servia (Pals, Spain)Telemundo/Newman-Haas Racing
06James Hinchcliffe (Toronto, Canada)Sprott/Newman-Haas Racing
3Helio Castroneves (Sao Paulo, Brz)Itaipava/Team Penske
4J.R. Hildebrand (Sausalito, CA)U.S. National Guard/Panther Racing
5Takuma Sato (Tokyo, Japan)KV Racing Technology-Lotus
6Ryan Briscoe (Sydney, Australia)Penske Logistics/Team Penske
7Danica Patrick (Roscoe, IL) Autosport
9Scott Dixon (Auckland, New Zealand)Target/Chip Ganassi Racing
10Dario Franchitti (Scotland)Kellogg's/Chip Ganassi Racing
12 *Will Power (Toowoomba, Australia)Verizon/Team Penske
14Vitor Meira (Brasilia, Brazil)ABC Supply Co./AJ Foyt Enterprises
17Raphael Matos (Brazil)Automatic Fire Sprinklers/AFS Racing
18Jamie Jakes (Leeds, England)Acorn Stairlifts/Dale Coyne Racing
19Sebastien Bourdais (Le Mans,France)Boy Scouts of America/Dale Coyne Rac
22Justin Wilson (Sheffield, England)HP/Dreyer&ReinboldRacing
24Ana Beatriz (Sao Paulo, Brazil)Ipiranga/Dreyer & Reinbold Racing
26Marco Andretti (Nazareth, PA)Venom Energy/Andretti Autosport
27Mike Conway (Bromley, England)Window World/Andretti Autosport
28Ryan Hunter-Reay (Boca Raton, FL)DHL/Sun Drop/Andretti Autosport
34Sebastian Saavedra (Bogota,Colombia)Conquest Racing
38Graham Rahal (New Albany, OH)Service Central/Chip Ganassi Racing
59E.J. Viso (Caracas, Venezuela)PDVSA/KV Racing Technology-Lotus
77Alex Tagliani (Lachenaie, Canada)Bowers & Wilkins/Sam Schmidt Motor.
78Simona de Silvestro (Switzerland)Nuclear Clean Air Energy/HVM Racing
82Tony Kanaan (Salvador, Brazil)GEICO/KV Racing Technology-Lotus
83Charlie Kimball (Camarillo, CA)Novo Nordisk/Chip Ganassi Racing
Leading Contenders (Last year's finish)
Will PowerWon
Ryan Hunter-Reay2nd
Vitor Meira3rd
Raphael Matos4th
Scott Dixon6th
Dario Franchitti7th
Mike Conway8th
Helio Castroneves9th
Tony Kanaan10th
Justin Wilson11th
Ryan Briscoe14th
Danica Patrick15th
Alex Tagliani19th
Marco Andretti23rd
Graham Rahal---
Mover of the Week
Danica Patrick - Started in 20th position on the grid and finished 7th
Sports Network Selections
Pick to Win - Helio Castroneves
Darkhorse - Mike Conway
Last Week's Pick to Win (Will Power) - Finished 10th
Last Week's Darkhorse (Takuma Sato) - Finished 21st
Last season, Itaipava Sao Paulo Indy 300 kicked off the 2010 campaign, in bizarre fashion, as Will Power crossed the finish line ahead of Ryan Hunter-Reay.

Power survived a spectacular opening-lap crash and then endured heavy rain before making a winning pass on Hunter-Reay in the closing minutes to win on the streets of Sao Paulo.

Power and Hunter-Reay battled for the lead before the Aussie took the top position for good with three-and-a-half minutes remaining. The inaugural race in Brazil was scheduled for 75 laps, but Indy Racing League officials placed a two-hour limit on the event due to numerous cautions for accidents and a brief halt for a thunderstorm that moved over the 2.6-mile, 11-turn street course just before the halfway point. In all, 61 laps were completed by the top 14 drivers.

This time around, Brazil is the fourth race on the docket, as points leader Dario Franchitti seeks to extend his slim lead over Power.

After winning in St. Petersburg to start the season, Franchitti has placed third the past two races, while Power, after a runner-up finish to Franchitti, won in week two in Alabama and placed 10th at Long Beach. Power is just seven points behind, thanks to capturing the pole in all three races.

Following a three-week respite, the 2011 IZOD IndyCar Series season continues with the 95th running of the Indianapolis 500 on May 29th, as Dario Franchitti defends his title.

04/26 16:45:13 ET

As of April 26, 2011, at 04:45 PM ET

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