Helio Castroneves has to be considered a favorite this week in Brazil.
Brazilians are passionate people who love sports of all kinds, including auto racing. Viewers can expect to see big crowds on hand this weekend for the Sao Paulo Indy 300. The race will be run on a 2.536-mile, 11-turn temporary street circuit and last 75 laps.
The Sao Paulo Indy 300 is the last race before the Indianapolis 500 and for Castroneves, who has won at the Brickyard three times (2001, 2002 and 2009). So as you can imagine a win in his home country Sunday would be sweet and give him plenty of momentum heading into Indy. It also does not hurt that he is leading the IndyCar point’s race in his No. 3 Team Penske Chevrolet.
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Will Power has yet to win this season and he has always been a factor in Brazil, winning last year’s race. Maybe it will be reigning IndyCar driving champion Ryan Hunter-Reay. He has also been a force at this track in the past.
How about Takuma Sato ? Can he continue to build after his great showing in Long Beach?
Weather-wise, last year it was wet and wild, but the forecast calls for sunshine and highs in the 80s all weekend without rain.
Qualifying will be Saturday from 1:35-2:45 p.m. ET, with live audio on the IndyCar website. NBC Sports Network will offer a delayed broadcast of the qualifying airing early Sunday morning at 1 a.m.
NBC Sports Network will have all the live race-day action starting Sunday at 11 a.m. ET, with the pre-race show followed at 11:30 a.m. by the race.
The race can be heard nationally on radio on IMS Radio and SiriusXM. For those outside the United States, the IndyCar website provides a link to the radio broadcast as well as real-time, lap-by-lap coverage .
This week, NBC Sports Live Extra will stream the race live. That gives broadband followers of the IndyCar series easy access to the event.
Leigh Diffey is the lead broadcaster for the IndyCar Series. He will be joined by the race analyst team of Wally Dallenbach Jr. and Townsend Bell.
This will be the last IndyCar race on NBC till mid-June. The next four races, the Indy 500, the Dual in Detroit (the first of the double-header races) and the Firestone 550 in Ft. Worth will be on ABC.
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