Saturday, March 13, 2010

Brazil Race Preview

The IZOD IndyCar Series opens up their 2010 season tomorrow along the streets of Sao Paulo, Brazil. This will be the first time the IZOD IndyCar Series will race in Brazil, as it’s the first year of a five year contract. Qualifying was postponed to 8:30 A.M. EST on Sunday, due to bumps on the race course. Live coverage of the race begins tomorrow at 11:30 EST on Versus. Qualifying more than likely will not be covered on VERSUS , as programming is not scheduled for IndyCar in that time slot of 8:30 A.M. IndyCar Garage previews the Sao Paulo Indy 300.

1. Brazilian flavor kicks off the 2010 season.

Seven Brazilian drivers will participate in tomorrows race, lead by three time Indy 500 champion Helio Castroneves. IZOD IndyCar veterans include Tony Kanaan, Vitor Meira, E.J. Viso, and Raphael Matos. Ana Beatriz and Mario Romancini round out the seven Brazilians drivers, as both Beatriz and Romancini are Indy Lights graduates. The IRL benefits from this race for the several drivers that are natives of Brazil, along with the Apex Brasil sponsorship package.

2. The Penske/Gannasi Domination

Team Penske and Chip Gannasi Racing won 16 of the 17 races in 2009, and swept the top four positions in the championship. If anybody plans to dismantle the Penske/Gannasi combination, then their best chance starts tomorrow. Who could challenge the Penske/Gannasi teams? Look for Andretti Autosport , who signed Ryan Hunter-Reay, to challenge under their new ownership of Michael Andretti. KV Racing will run three full time cars, with F-1 Veteran Takumo Sato leading the way. Improved teams included Dryer & Reinbold and the newly formed FAZZT Racing team.

3. The longest straightway of the entire season.

The street course that was created by Tony Cottman, features a 9/10 of a mile back straightway. The straightway should create some great passing opportunities, along with two to three wide racing. The straightway leads into turn 11 where a hard right leads to the start/finish line.

4. Women in the series

We all know about Danica Patrick, and some know about Milka Duno, but two new women will make their debuts tomorrow. Ana Beatriz moves up from Indy Lights to drive for Dryer and Reinbold Racing. At this point, Ana’s deal is for the Brazil race only, she likely could run the Indy 500 as well. The second new female to the series is Sweden driver Simon De Silverstro. Simon comes over from Atlantics, where she won four races in 2009 and finished third in the championship. Simon will be the sole driver for HVM Racing his year. We could possibly see five drivers in the 2010 Indy 500

5. 2010 Indy 500 ticket give away

IndyCar Garage will give away two free tickets to the 2010 Indy 500 once we reach 1,000 members. IndyCar Garage continues to grow, so tell your other IndyCar fans to sign up and become of today. In order to win the free tickets, you must be a member of IndyCar Garage.

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