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2013 Brazil: Chevrolet IndyCar Race Preview
Posted by: newsla on May 01, 2013 - 06:43 PM
IndyCar Weekend Team Reports
2013 Brazil: Chevrolet IndyCar Race Preview

With three races on the 19-event 2013 IZOD IndyCar Series schedule in the record books, Chevrolet holds the lead in the Series’ Manufacturers’ Standings, and Team Chevy driver Helio Castroneves holds the lead in the overall driver point standings heading into this weekend’s 75-lap, 190.2-mile race on the Streets of São Paulo (Brazil).


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After a perfectly choreographed journey of over 5,000 miles, the Chevrolet teams and drivers will face the 11-turn, 2.536-mile temporary street circuit that presents a set of circumstances virtually unlike any other. The engineers from Chevrolet and its technical partners have been working tirelessly with team engineers in preparation for a successful trip to South America.

"The Streets of São Paulo circuit is a conglomerate of challenges all wrapped into one venue on the IZOD IndyCar Series schedule,” said Chris Berube, Chevrolet Racing Program Manager, IZOD IndyCar Series. “A number of unique circumstances coexist there that dare our Chevrolet engineers, team engineers and technical partners to reach optimum performance from the Chevrolet twin turbocharged V6 powered cars. The altitude, 2,368 feet above sea level, is higher than any other circuit visited by the IndyCar Series. This, along with weather patterns that can change unexpectedly, can bring engine cooling, aero setup and calibration to the top of the focus list. In addition, the circuit offers the longest straightaway (0.93 mile) followed by one of the slowest corners on the schedule which gives the brakes a workout and provides opportunities for passing. Combine all that with the road surface variability of a street circuit and you have a situation that rewards the team and driver that adapts quickest and best. With the enthusiasm the Brazilian fans have for the sport, the São Paulo Indy 300 is always brimming with intensity and excitement."

Chevrolet drivers James Hinchcliffe, and defending IZOD IndyCar Series champion Ryan Hunter-Reay took Chevrolet V6 power to Victory Lane respectively in the first two races of the 2013 season to give the Bowtie Brand the lead in the IndyCar Series Manufacturers’ point standings.

Brazilian born Castroneves, whose consistency so far this season has landed him on the podium in two of the three races run to-date, and took him to the top of the standings, has been a fan favorite since the Series’ first race on the São Paulo circuit in 2010. In the 2012 Chevrolet IndyCar V6 debut in his native city, the three-time Indianapolis 500 winner rebounded from a qualifying effort that landed him deep in the field to finish in fourth position.

Will Power heads to Streets of São Paulo undefeated in IndyCar competition on the circuit. He is the only winner in the three-year history of the event, winning in both 2011 and 2012 from the pole.

Tony Kanaan, another fan favorite from the Chevrolet stable, will make his fourth start in IndyCar competition in his native Brazil. He calls Salvador, Brazil his home.

The 2013 IZOD IndyCar Series season continues with the Itaipava São Paulo Indy 300 presented by Nestle on Sunday, May 5 on the streets of São Paulo, Brazil. The race will be televised live at 11 a.m. (ET) by the NBC Sports Network (Verizon FiOS 90/590, DirecTV 220, DISH 159 and AT&T UVerse 640) and broadcast by the IMS Radio Network, including on Sirius and XM Channels 211 and www.indycar.com.


HELIO CASTRONEVES, NO. 3 HITACHI TEAM PENSKE CHEVROLET, POINTS LEADER: “It is really exciting for me to return to Brazil and drive the No. 3 Hitachi Team Penske Chevrolet in front of the hometown fans. Certainly there is a little extra pressure to do well for them but we are going to continue to be focused on staying consistent and end the race still in the points lead. But you never know; a couple good breaks here and there and maybe this is finally the year we can have a Brazilian win the race.”

MARCO ANDRETTI, NO. 25 RC COLA ANDRETTI AUTOSPORT CHEVROLET, 4TH IN STANDINGS: “I really need a podium in Brazil. Being fourth in the standings is a great place to be, but we are so close to being at the top of the board. Leading the points going into Indy would give me a big advantage for the rest of the year. I am pleased with our street course performances and I’m confident we can keep it going. I love coming down to São Paulo—the fans are the best. “

RYAN HUNTER-REAY, NO 1 DHL ANDRETTI AUTOSPORT CHEVROLET, 6TH IN STANDINGS (ONE 2013 WIN): "I really enjoy the São Paulo street circuit. We’ve finished second here twice so, as a team, we certainly feel it’s time to take that next step and win one for DHL and Chevy in Brazil. I’d really like to be able to carry some momentum from a strong result here into the month of May at Indy. The weather is always a factor here as well so as driver you’ve got to be ready for anything, I’m fully expecting some wet weather running."

WILL POWER, NO. 12 HITACHI TEAM PENSKE CHEVROLET, 8TH IN STANDINGS: “I am really looking forward to going to Brazil; it is a great circuit and a place where the Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet has had some success in the past. There has been such a high level of racing so far this year and I expect it to be really competitive again this weekend. I know the Chevrolet team has been working really hard to give us great engines and Brazil is going to be really telling of who has the best engine going right now. The circuit really tests the driver and car and hopefully we can come out with some solid points.”

SIMONA DE SILVESTRO, NO. 78 NUCLEAR ENTERGY AREVA KV RACING TECHNOLOGY CHEVROLET, 9TH IN STANDINGS: “I’m really excited to be going back to Brazil. I led my first lap as an IndyCar driver there and for me it’s just a fun track to drive. We had a good race in Long Beach and I think we can do even better in Brazil. The team has been working really hard and I’m pretty confident that I can get my Nuclear Clean Air Energy Chevy into the top-twelve in qualifying. It will be easier to get that top-five finish we’re looking for if we start up front. I’m really looking forward to the race. It’s going to be fun.”

JAMES HINCHCLIFFE, NO. 27 GODADDY.COM ANDRETTI AUTOSPORT CHEVROLET, 10TH IN STANDINGS (ONE 2013 WIN): "I think going to Brazil we look forward to... it's not Barber and it's not Long Beach. It's unfortunate because we've had a quick car at, I think, every race so far this year. Barber we didn't get a chance to show it, really; Long Beach we did get the chance to show it was there, but obviously fate had other plans. So, we take some comfort in knowing that we've been competitive at every event this season. We just need to stick to the basics and not try and trick ourselves and over think it - just keep what we are doing and, hopefully, on Sunday when it counts, we can put it all together again for the Go Daddy crew."

TONY KANAAN, NO. 11 ITAIPAVA KV RACING TECHNOLOGY SH RACING CHEVROLET, 12TH IN STANDINGS: "Racing in Brazil is always a huge deal for me because of the crowd. My fans, family, friends and sponsors always gives me a huge boost every time I come into town, but this race means a little bit more to me than the previous three times that IndyCar raced in São Paulo. It will be my 200th consecutive start in IndyCar, 260th if counted all together. People tell me it's a big number... The consecutive starts goes all the way back to Portland 2001, I think. I rarely pay attention to numbers or records, but I'm pretty happy with this one and the weekend can't come soon enough so I can start driving my KV Itaipava/Chevy/Firestone trough the streets of São Paulo.

ORIOL SERVIA, NO. 22 VALSPAR PANTHER DREYER AND REINBOLD RACING CHEVROLET, 14TH IN STANDINGS: "I am excited to return to São Paulo this weekend. The fans in Brazil are fantastic and I am sure IndyCar's super competitive field will put on a good show for them. We had a good race in Brazil last year under difficult circumstances so I am looking forward to seeing what we can do with Chevy power. We're coming off a great 6th place finish in Long Beach, now we will keep pushing and proving what we are capable of."

JR HILDEBRAND, NO. 4 NATIONAL GUARD PANTHER RACING CHEVROLET, 15TH IN STANDINGS: "We're excited to head down to São Paulo this weekend. We were finally able to turn things around last week at Long Beach and we've been pretty good at Brazil in the past. The biggest thing for us is that we were able to correct some things before the St. Pete race that really helped our pace. So we've been legitimately fast and we have a grasp of what we've done to make us fast, so that will be a big help for us this weekend in Brazil."

E.J. VISO, NO. 5 TEAM VENEZUELA ANDRETTI AUTOSPORT HVM CHEVROLET, 16TH IN STANDINGS: “Heading back to Brazil, it’s probably the race that is closest to my house, my home. I really like Brazil. It is a layout that has been evolving and progressing. It’s a race full of positive energy, music, nice people, good times, and on top of that, it’s a track that is amazing to drive on. It has the longest straight in the championship which normally gives us the opportunity to make great overtakings. Normally the weather plays a little bit of a factor over there; it’s been raining in every single year we’ve been there, so the statistics say that it will rain again this year. Hopefully all these performances that we’ve been doing this year are going to really take off and give us a win. We’ve been very close - we showed that we could do it. Last race we did the fastest lap of the race as well. I believe we have all the factors to make it happen on this one.”

SEBASTIEN BOURDAIS, NO. 7 MCAFEE DRAGON RACING CHEVROLET, 18TH IN STANDINGS: “The São Paulo race-track is a bumpy place that makes setting the car up a real challenge. The race tends to get a little crazy at times with the super long back straight, and the weather is always a factor. The goal for the #7 McAfee/Chevrolet will be to keep out of trouble and bring some big points home before the 500.”

ED CARPENTER, NO. 20 FUZZY’S VODKA ED CARPENTER RACING CHEVROLET, 23RDIN STANDINGS: “I really enjoy the Brazil race. The course is very unique. It has the longest straightaway in our IZOD IndyCar Series. Just at a mile long. Longer than Indy and Pocono’s straights. The fans are really passionate about their racing there too. Of course, so many great drivers have come from Brazil dating back to Emerson (Fittipaldi) and (Ayrton) Senna. And they love their current drivers too. We have had a pretty good race car in the earlier street races at St. Pete and Long Beach, but our results haven’t shown it. We ran in the top-ten last year there too, but we got hit. I’m optimistic about this week’s race for the Fuzzy’s Vodka Chevrolet.”

SEBASTIAN SAAVEDRA, NO. 6 TRUECAR DRAGON RACING CHEVROLET, 25TH IN STANDINGS: “After a tough weekend for the team in Long Beach, it is always good to go to a positive familiar place like Brazil. I lived there for 2 years when was 14 and it feels like me second home. I also had my best finish in my first race with IndyCar in 2011. I was able to run in the Top-5 in the rain, but had to get a splash of fuel and go. I am really excited to run there again this weekend. We need to keep the positive energy going as its a long season ahead of us.


2012 IndyCar Champion – Ryan Hunter-Reay

2012 IndyCar Oval Track Champion – Ryan Hunter-Reay

2012 IndyCar Road Course Champion – Will Power

2012 IndyCar Manufacturer Champion – Chevrolet


St. Petersburg – Helio Castroneves
Barber Motorsports Park – Will Power
Streets of Long Beach – Will Power
São Paulo, Brazil – Will Power
Milwaukee – Ryan Hunter-Reay
Iowa – Ryan Hunter-Reay
Toronto – Ryan Hunter-Reay
Edmonton – Helio Castroneves
Sonoma – Ryan Briscoe
Baltimore – Ryan Hunter-Reay
Auto Club Speedway (Fontana) – Ed Carpenter


2012 POLES:

St. Petersburg – Will Power
Barber Motorsports Park – Helio Castroneves
São Paulo, Brazil – Will Power
Indianapolis Motor Speedway – Ryan Briscoe
Mid-Ohio – Will Power
Sonoma – Will Power
Baltimore – Will Power
Auto Club Speedway (Fontana) – Marco Andretti


2013 VICTORIES (2 of 3):
St. Petersburg – James Hinchcliffe

Barber Motorsports Park – Ryan Hunter-Reay

2013 POLES (2 of 3):
St. Petersburg – Will Power

Barber Motorsports Park – Ryan Hunter-Reay

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