Australian IndyCar driver Will Power looks to continue his dominance at the Sao Paulo 300 in 2013.
Dubbed as the “King of Sao Paulo,” he has captured all three wins there since the inception of the race in 2010. He also broke his own record during practice on Saturday and dominated the field during his practice runs.
Helio Castroneves, Power’s Penske teammate and a Brazil native, will attempt to add to his IndyCar Series lead with another solid showing in Sao Paulo.
Another top contender is American IndyCar champion Ryan Hunter-Reay. The 32-year-old set a course record with a qualifying lap of 1:20.430 en route to winning the pole during Saturday’s qualifying laps.
Last year’s wet weather provided some excitement, but this year, it should clear and sunny for the most part.
When: Sunday, May 5
Start Time: 11:30 a.m. ET (Coverage begins at 11 a.m. ET)
Where: Streets of Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo, Brazil
Live Stream: NBC Sports Live Extra
Track Info: 2.535-mile course with 11 turns
Race Info: 75 laps, 190.2 miles
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Lineup courtesy of AP (via ESPN).
Top Storyline: Passing Zones
Some street circuit courses lack ample room for drivers to maneuver and pass fellow competitors. That won’t be a problem on the streets of San Paulo.
The course features multiple straightaways that lead to passing opportunities.
A nearly one-mile-long straightaway leading up to Turn 11 presents the biggest chance for a pass. It should provide ample space for drivers to jockey for position before coming back around to the opening straightaway.
Prediction: Will Power
The Australian’s mastery of the Sao Paulo track is undeniable. Despite his starting position, it wouldn’t be wise to bet against The King after his three consecutive wins.
Power hasn’t won a race since last year’s Sao Paulo 300, but his mastery of this course cannot be discounted.