Sao Paulo Indy 300 2013: Start Time, Lineup, TV Schedule and More

Mike Hoag@MikeHoagJrCorrespondent IIMay 4, 2013

SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - MAY 4:  Ryan Hunter-Reay driver of the #1 Andretti Autosport Dallara Chevrolet during qualifying for the IndyCar Series Sao Paulo indy 300 on May 4, 2013 in the streets of Sao Paulo in Sao Paulo, Brazil.  (Photo by Robert Laberge/Getty Images)
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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

Watch: NBCN

Live Stream: NBC Sports Live Extra

Listen: SIRIUS XM / IMS Radio Network

Track Info: 2.535-mile course with 11 turns

Race Info: 75 laps, 190.2 miles

Final Lineup 

Pos. Car # Driver
1 1 Ryan Hunter-Reay
2 5 E.J. Viso
3 10 Dario Franchitti
4 11 Tony Kanaan
5 27 James Hinchcliffe
6 9 Scott Dixon
7 7 Sebastien Bourdais
8 78 Simona de Silvestro
9 19 Justin Wilson
10 25 Marco Andretti
11 4 J.R. Hildebrand
12 14 Takuma Sato
13 22 Oriol Servia
14 20 Ed Carpenter
15 98 Alex Tagliani
16 18 Ana Beatriz
17 83 Charlie Kimball
18 3 Helio Castroneves
19 15 Graham Rahal
20 6 Sebastian Saavedra
21 55 Tristan Vautier
22 12 Will Power
23 67 Josef Newgarden
24 77 Simon Pagenaud
25 16 James Jakes

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.

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