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DATE: Sunday, April 29th
SITE: Streets of Sao Paulo (2010) -- Sao Paulo, Brazil
TRACK: 2.6-mile, 11-turn temporary street circuit
ANNUAL: 3rd
TELEVISION: NBC Sports Network
ANNOUNCERS: Bob Jenkins, Jon Beekhuis, Wally Dallenbach
RADIO: IMS Radio Network/SIRIUS XM Satellite
START TIME: 11 a.m. (ET)/Green Flag: 11:42 p.m. (ET)
DEFENDING CHAMPION: Will Power
RUNNER-UP: Graham Rahal
POLE WINNER: Will Power (Finished 1st)
LAPS: 75
MILES: 195
QUALIFYING RECORD: Will Power, 2011 (111.478 m.p.h.)
RACE RECORD: Will Power, 2010 (76.733 m.p.h.)
 
2011 Finish
FinishDriverStartFinishDriverStart
1Will Power16Mike Conway9
2Graham Rahal57Justin Wilson8
3Ryan Briscoe48Takuma Sato10
4Dario Franchitti69James Hinchcliffe11
5Oriol Servia1610J.R. Hildebrand22
2011 Sao Paulo Indy 300 Facts and Figures
AVERAGE SPEED: 67.442 m.p.h.
TIME OF RACE: 2 hours, 4 minutes, 5.2964 seconds
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 4.6723 seconds
CAUTION FLAGS: 6 for 21 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 2 among 2 drivers
POLE WINNER: Will Power (111.478 m.p.h.)
FASTEST LAP: Simona de Silvestro, 91.458 m.p.h., Lap 36
Past Sao Paulo Indy 300 Winners (Starting Position) Car -- Speed
2011 -- Will Power (1st) -- Dallara-Honda -- 67.442 m.p.h.
2010 -- Will Power (5th) -- Dallara-Honda -- 76.733 m.p.h.
Past Sao Paulo Indy 300 Pole Winners (Finish)
2011 -- Will Power -- 1st
2010 -- Dario Franchitti -- 7th
Last Race Results
RACE: Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach (April 15th)
SITE: Streets of Long Beach -- Long Beach, California
MILES: 167.28
LAPS: 85
WINNER: Will Power
RUNNER-UP: Simon Pagenaud
THIRD: James Hinchcliffe
FOURTH: Tony Kanaan
FIFTH: J.R. Hildebrand
POLE WINNER: Ryan Briscoe (Finished 7th)
TIME OF RACE: 1 hour, 54 minutes, 1.6082 seconds
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 0.8675 second
AVERAGE SPEED: 88.021 m.p.h.
CAUTION FLAGS: 3 for 12 laps.
LEAD CHANGES: 9 among 7 drivers
LAP LEADERS: Dario Franchitti 1-4; Justin Wilson 5-19; Takuma Sato 20-27; Ryan
Hunter-Reay 28; Ryan Briscoe 29-33; Simon Pagenaud 34-47; Sato
48-55; Hunter-Reay 56-58; Pagenaud 59-70; Will Power 71-85.
Sao Paulo Indy 300 Entry List
CarDriver, HometownCar/Name
2Ryan Briscoe (Sydney, Australia)Hitachi/Team Penske
3Helio Castroneves (Sao Paulo, Brz)Auto Club/Team Penske
4J.R. Hildebrand (Sausalito, CA)U.S. National Guard/Panther Racing
5E.J. Viso (Caracas, Venezuela)Citgo/PDVSA/KV Racing Technology
6Katherine Legge (Guildford, England)TrueCar/Lotus-Dragon Racing
7Sebastien Bourdais (Le Mans,France)Lotus-Dragon Racing
8Rubens Barrichello (Sao Paulo, Brz)BMC/Embrase/KV Racing Technology
9Scott Dixon (Auckland, New Zealand)Target/Chip Ganassi Racing
10Dario Franchitti (Scotland)Target/Chip Ganassi Racing
11Tony Kanaan (Salvador, Brazil)GEICO/KV Racing Technology
12 *Will Power (Toowoomba, Australia)Verizon/Team Penske
14Mike Conway (Bromley, England)ABC Supply Co./AJ Foyt Enterprises
15Takuma Sato (Tokyo, Japan)Rahal-Letterman-Lanigan Racing
18Justin Wilson (Sheffield, England)Sonny's Bar B-Q/Dale Coyne Racing
19Jamie Jakes (Leeds, England)Boy Scouts America/Dale Coyne Racing
20Ed Carpenter (Indianapolis, IN)Fuzzy's Vodka/Ed Carpenter Racing
22Oriol Servia (Pals, Spain)Lotus-Dreyer & Reinbold
25Ana Beatriz (Sao Paulo, Brazil)Andretti Autosport/Conquest Racing
26Marco Andretti (Nazareth, PA)RC Cola/Andretti Autosport
27James Hinchcliffe (Toronto, Canada)GoDaddy.com/Andretti Autosport
28Ryan Hunter-Reay (Boca Raton, FL)DHL/Sun Drop/Andretti Autosport
38Graham Rahal (New Albany, OH)Service Central/Chip Ganassi Racing
67Josef Newgarden (Nashville, TN)Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing
77Simon Pagenaud (Poitiers, France)Schmidt Hamilton HP Motorsports
78Simona de Silvestro (Switzerland)Entergy/Lotus Cars/Lotus-HVM Racing
83Charlie Kimball (Camarillo, CA)Novo Nordisk/Chip Ganassi Racing
 
* - defending champion.
 
Leading Contenders (Finish the last two years)
Driver20102011
Will PowerWonWon
Graham Rahal---2nd
Ryan Briscoe14th3rd
Dario Franchitti7th4th
Oriol Servia---5th
Mike Conway8th6th
Takuma Sato22nd8th
James Hinchcliffe---9th
J.R. Hildebrand---10th
Scott Dixon6th12th
Marco Andretti23rd14th
Ryan Hunter-Reay2nd18th
Helio Castroneves9th21st
Tony Kanaan10th22nd
Simon Pagenaud------
Rubens Barrichello------
 
Mover of the Week
Tony Kanaan - Started in 19th position on the grid and finished 4th
 
Sports Network Selections
Pick to Win - Will Power
Darkhorse - Mike Conway
 
Last Week's Pick to Win (Will Power) - Finished 1st
Last Week's Darkhorse (Marco Andretti) - Finished 25th
 
NOTES:
Last year, Will Power made it back-to-back victories in Sao Paulo, as he raced to victory, defeating Graham Rahal by 4.6723 seconds.

Power, who started on the pole in the rain-delayed race, came into the pits for a splash of fuel on Lap 36. Takuma Sato, who overtook Power on a Lap 25 restart, gambled on stretching his gas, but the yellow flag he sought didn't materialize and the No. 5 KV Racing Technology-Lotus car had to pit on Lap 48 with just seven laps remaining. Power inherited the lead en route to his second of six wins in 2011. Power led for 32 laps, while Sato held the top spot for 23.

In three starts this year, Power holds down the top spot on the points list, 24 ahead of Helio Castroneves. After placing seventh in week one, Power has recorded two straight victories, Alabama and Long Beach. His 14 career victories rank him in a tie for sixth place on the all-time list with Tony Kanaan, two shy of Dan Wheldon.

For the second consecutive season, this race holds down the fourth spot on the IndyCar Series schedule. In 16 seasons, the fourth race of the season has been won by the eventual champion twice. Dan Wheldon won at Motegi in 2005, and Sam Hornish Jr., won at Indianapolis in 2006.

In 2010, the Sao Paulo Indy 300 kicked off that campaign, in bizarre fashion, as 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.

The 2012 IZOD IndyCar Series season continues with the 96th running of the Indianapolis 500 on May 27. Dan Wheldon won last year's race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

04/24 13:06:33 ET

As of April 24, 2012, at 01:06 PM ET

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