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Driver Standings

Driver Standings
1 Helio Castroneves 533
2 Will Power 520
3 Ryan Hunter-Reay 464
4 Simon Pagenaud 462
5 Juan Pablo Montoya 428
6 Scott Dixon 387
7 Carlos Munoz (R) 384
8 Tony Kanaan 380
9 Marco Andretti 375
10 Sebastien Bourdais 358
11 Ryan Briscoe 344
12 James Hinchcliffe 330
13 Charlie Kimball 317
14 Justin Wilson 311
15 Mikhail Aleshin 298
16 Josef Newgarden 288
17 Jack Hawksworth (R) 287
18 Graham Rahal 266
19 Carlos Huertas (R) 265
20 Takuma Sato 234
21 Sebastian Saavedra 229
22 Mike Conway 218
23 Ed Carpenter 168
24 Oriol Servia 88
25 Kurt Busch (R) 80
26 JR Hildebrand 66
27 Sage Karam (R) 57
28 Luca Filippi 46
29 James Davison (R) 34
30 Jacques Villeneuve 29
31 Alex Tagliani 28
32 Townsend Bell 22
33 Pippa Mann 21
34 Martin Plowman (R) 18
35 Buddy Lazier 11
36 Franck Montagny 8

Rookie of the Year
1 Carlos Munoz 384
2 Mikhail Aleshin 298
3 Jack Hawksworth 287
4 Carlos Huertas 265
5 Kurt Busch 80
6 Sage Karam 57
7 James Davison 34
8 Martin Plowman 18

Wins
T1 Ryan Hunter-Reay 3
T2 Will Power 2
T2 Simon Pagenaud 2
T2 Mike Conway 2
T5 Helio Castroneves 1
T5 Carlos Huertas 1
T5 Ed Carpenter 1
T5 Juan Pablo Montoya 1
T5 Sebastien Bourdais 1

Podium Finishes
T1 Will Power 6
T1 Helio Castroneves 6
3 Ryan Hunter-Reay 5
4 Tony Kanaan 4
T5 Carlos Munoz 3
T5 Juan Pablo Montoya 3
T7 Marco Andretti 2
T7 Simon Pagenaud 2
T7 Mike Conway 2
T10 Carlos Huertas 1
T10 Scott Dixon 1
T10 Josef Newgarden 1
T10 Graham Rahal 1
T10 Charlie Kimball 1
T10 Ed Carpenter 1
T10 Jack Hawksworth 1
T10 Mikhail Aleshin 1
T10 Sebastien Bourdais 1
Manufacturer Standings:
1 Chevrolet 2056
2 Honda 1042

Lap Leaders:
1 Will Power 353
2 Tony Kanaan 326
3 Helio Castroneves 241
4 Ryan Hunter-Reay 167
5 Ed Carpenter 116
6 Juan Pablo Montoya 74
7 Takuma Sato 67
8 Sebastien Bourdais 60
9 Simon Pagenaud 59
10 James Hinchcliffe 56
11 Scott Dixon 44
12 Jack Hawksworth 32
13 Justin Wilson 25
14 Marco Andretti 22
T15 Mike Conway 15
T15 Josef Newgarden 15
17 Sebastian Saavedra 14
18 Graham Rahal 10
T19 Oriol Servia 7
T19 Carlos Huertas 7
21 Ryan Briscoe 5
22 Mikhail Aleshin 4
23 Alex Tagliani 3

Entrant Points
Pos. # Entrant Points
1 3 Team Penske 533
2 12 Team Penske 520
3 28 Andretti Autosport 464
4 77 Schmidt Peterson Hamilton Motorsports 462
5 2 Penske Motorsports 428
6 9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing 387
7 20 Ed Carpenter Racing 386
8 34 Andretti Autosport/HVM 384
9 10 Target Chip Ganassi Racing 380
10 25 Andretti Autosport 375
11 11 KVSH Racing 358
12 8 NTT Data Chip Ganassi Racing 344
13 27 Andretti Autosport 330
14 83 Novo Nordisk Chip Ganassi Racing 317
15 19 Dale Coyne Racing 311
16 7 Schmidt PetersonMotorsports 298
17 67 Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing 288
18 98 BHA/BBM with Curb-Agajanian 287
19 15 Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing 266
20 18 Dale Coyne Racing 265
21 14 A.J. Foyt Racing 234
22 17 KV/AFS Racing 229
23 16 Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing 134
24 26 Andretti Autosport 88
25 21 Ed Carpenter Racing 66
26 22 Dreyer and Reinbold 57
27 33 KV Racing Technology 34
28 5 Schmidt Peterson Motorsports 29
29 68 Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing 28
30 6 KV Racing Technology 22
31 63 Dale Coyne Racing 21
32 41 A.J. Foyt Racing 18
33 91 Lazier Partners Racing 11

Finishing Average
1 Helio Castroneves 5.38
T2 Kurt Busch 6.00
T2 Will Power 6.00
4 Simon Pagenaud 6.92
5 Sage Karam 9.00
6 Scott Dixon 9.61
7 J.R. Hildebrand 10.00
8 Tony Kanaan 10.23
9 Ryan Hunter-Reay 10.38
T10 Juan Pablo Montoya 11.15
T10 Sebastien Bourdais 11.15
12 Ryan Briscoe 11.38
13 Justin Wilson 11.92
14 Carlos Munoz 12.00
15 James Hinchcliffe 12.46
16 Oriol Servia 12.5
17 Marco Andretti 12.69
18 Ed Carpenter 12.75
19 Alex Tagliani 13.0
20 Charlie Kimball 13.23
21 Takuma Sato 13.46
22 Mikhail Aleshin 13.61
23 Jacques Villeneuve 14.0
24 Mike Conway 14.66
25 Graham Rahal 15.0
26 James Davison 16.0
27 Carlos Huertas 16.07
28 Josef Newgarden 16.92
29 Sebastian Saavedra 17.0
30 Jack Hawksworth 17.16
31 Luca Filippi 18.50
32 Martin Plowman 20.5
33 Franck Montagny 22.0
34 Pippa Mann 24.0
35 Townsend Bell 25.0
36 Buddy Lazier 32.0


Pole Positions
T1 Takuma Sato 2
T1 Will Power 2
T1 Helio Castroneves 2
T4 Ryan Hunter-Reay 1
T4 Sebastian Saavedra 1
T4 Ed Carpenter 1
T4 Simon Pagenaud 1
T4 Juan Pablo Montoya 1
T4 Scott Dixon 1
T4 Sebastien Bourdais 1

Appearances in the Firestone Fast Six
1 Ryan Hunter-Reay 5
T2 Helio Castroneves 4
T2 Will Power 4
T3 James Hinchcliffe 3
T3 Scott Dixon 3
T3 Jack Hawksworth 3
T7 Simon Pagenaud 2
T7 Josef Newgarden 2
T7 Tony Kanaan 2
T7 Sebastien Bourdais 2
T11 Takuma Sato 1
T11 Marco Andretti 1
T11 Sebastian Saavedra 1
T11 Mike Conway 1
T11 Juan Pablo Montoya 1
T11 Ryan Briscoe 1
T11 Luca Filippi 1

Qualifying Average
1 Helio Castroneves 5.53
2 James Hinchcliffe 6.90
3 Ed Carpenter 7.00
4 Luca Filippi 7.66
5 Simon Pagenaud 7.69
6 Will Power 7.76
7 Scott Dixon 8.84
8 J.R. Hildebrand 9.00
9 Sebastien Bourdais 9.76
10 Carlos Munoz 10.3
11 Tony Kanaan 10.53
12 Ryan Hunter-Reay 10.61
13 Juan Pablo Montoya 10.84
14 Takuma Sato 11.69
15 Kurt Busch 12.0
16 Marco Andretti 12.61
T17 Josef Newgarden 12.92
T17 Ryan Briscoe 12.92
19 Justin Wilson 13.0
20 Jack Hawksworth 14.5
21 Mike Conway 14.66
22 Mikhail Aleshin 14.84
23 Graham Rahal 15.38
24 Sebastian Saavedra 16.53
25 Charlie Kimball 17.15
26 Carlos Huertas 17.84
27 Franck Montagny 21.0
28 Pippa Mann 22.0
29 Alex Tagliani 24.0
30 Martin Plowman 24.5
31 Townsend Bell 25.0
32 Jacques Villeneuve 27.0
33 James Davison 28.0
34 Sage Karam 31.0
35 Buddy Lazier 33.0
Power tops opening day in Sao Paulo

IndyCar season opener in Brazil
Saturday, March 13, 2010

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Verizon Team Penske driver Will Power topped the speed charts as IZOD IndyCar Series teams began preparations for the inaugural São Paulo Indy 300 on the streets of São Paulo, Brazil.

IZOD IndyCar Series qualifications were postponed to four hours before the start of the race  March 14 based on driver feedback relating to the slippery concrete surface of the one-third-mile Anhembi Sambodromo frontstretch.

Brian Barnhart, president of competition and racing operations for the sanctioning Indy Racing League, met with drivers and team owners/managers mid-afternoon March 13 to devise a schedule that seeks to provide a safe racing environment and a good show for spectators and the worldwide viewing audience.

Will Power in front of a good Saturday crowd in Brazil
The scheduled qualifications were replaced by an hour-long third practice session for all cars. Drivers had two earlier sessions totaling 150 minutes. Verizon Team Penske driver Will Power topped the time chart with a quick lap of 1 minute, 31.2980 seconds. Andretti Autosport driver Tony Kanaan was second (1:31.3403) with his teammate Ryan Hunter-Reay third (1:31.3858).

Promoter Bandeirantes and race circuit designer Tony Cotman brought in grinding equipment following the final practice session to work on the concrete surface where drivers transition from the asphalt and the 180-degree Turn 11 of the 2.6-mile, 11-turn course. After a 15-minute warm-up session at 8 a.m. (local; 7 a.m. ET), qualifications will follow. VERSUS' race coverage begins at 11:30 a.m. (ET).

The Indy Racing League issued this statement:

We continue to work with circuit designer Tony Cotman and the promoter to fine tune the track with the feedback we've received from the drivers. This process is no different than any other new circuit we visit for the first time. Tony Cotman has done a great job creating a fast and racy track that will be a challenge to these world-class competitors while putting on a great show for our enthusiastic fans. We appreciate our drivers' feedback as we want to make this a track they will enjoy to drive.

DAY 1 NOTEBOOK:

This is the first IZOD IndyCar Series event held on the streets of Sao Paulo Brazil and the first held in South America. The 2.6-mile (4.18 kilometers) temporary street circuit features 11 turns and the longest straightaway of any circuit on the 2010 schedule - the 9/10 mile (1.45 kilometers) back straightaway that incorporates the Marginal.

Luczo Dragon Racing/de Ferran Motorsports has added Cemig, one of Brazil's leading energy companies, as one of its sponsors for the 2010 Sao Paulo Indy 300.

Cemig, headquartered in Minas Gerais (the home state of driver Raphael Matos) will place its logo on the front wing of the No. 2 HP Luczo Dragon car.

"We are pleased to have the support of Cemig, a company of international prestige. It is a privilege and a great responsibility to take the name of a great Brazilian brand to an international audience," Gil de Ferran, managing partner and president of Luczo Dragon Racing/de Ferran Motorsport said.

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Andretti Autosport driver Marco Andretti is celebrating his 23rd birthday today.

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Helio Castroneves and his girlfriend Adriana Henao brought their infant daughter, Mikaella to Sao Paulo for her first IZOD IndyCar Series race. Castroneves showed off the 10-week-old off to his team during the break between sessions.

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The Brazilian Sugarcane Industry Association (UNICA) has renewed its fuel supply agreement with the Indy Racing League for the 2010 IZOD IndyCar Series season. The IZOD IndyCar Series will continue to utilize sugarcane ethanol to fuel its race cars, including at its signature event, the Indianapolis 500.

The agreement calls for UNICA to cover the cost of about 53,000 gallons of the 100 percent fuel-grade ethanol to be used in 16 of the 17 IZOD IndyCar Series races as well as the renewable diesel for the fleet of trucks that delivers cars, related gear and fuel. The only Indy race not covered by the series' commitment to use primarily sugarcane ethanol is the Iowa Corn Indy 250, which will utilize locally-produced ethanol made from corn under a separate sponsorship arrangement.

"We're pleased to continue our partnership with Indy, a global showcase for clean, renewable biofuels since 2007," said Marcos Jank, UNICA's President & CEO.

To offset carbon emissions from the season-opening race, UNICA will plant 14,165 native trees in the state of Sao Paulo.

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Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing driver Hideki Mutoh took the opportunity in Sao Paulo to visit Morumbi Cemetery, where his idol, Ayrton Senna, was laid to rest.

"Senna has always been my idol," Mutoh said. "I watched him race when I was a little boy and I am still amazed at his ability to this day. Since I was in Brazil for the first time and so close to Morumbi I wanted to go there and pay my respects to him.

"I have been asked before 'If you could meet anyone and ask them a question, who would it be?' My answer was Senna. He won three World Championships and was still racing. I would ask him what it was that motivated him."

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POST-PRACTICE QUOTES:

TONY KANAAN (No. 11 Team 7-Eleven, second-fastest): "I'm extremely happy with the team effort - not just Team 7-Eleven, but the whole (Andretti Autosport) team. It was a good day, but tomorrow is another day, and we need to have another good one then. I don't think the changes to the track will force us to change a lot - at least I hope not."

RYAN HUNTER-REAY (No. 37 Team IZOD, third-fastest): "I wish we had qualified today because this team really deserved to qualify today. We came out prepared, the cars are great, the team is doing a great job and we have two cars in the top three. But you play the cards you're dealt - it is what it is. Team IZOD and everyone at Andretti Autosport really did its homework over the winter. Hopefully, with the changes to the track, it won't be a completely different game tomorrow."

RAPHAEL MATOS (No. 2 HP Luczo Dragon, sixth-fastest): "We had a huge improvement in the last outing. I improved some of my lines in the corners and found some more speed in the car. We found a good balance between our aerodynamics and mechanical grip and now we can see the light at the end of the tunnel. We improved by a second and a half and hopefully we can now be a little more aggressive and find some more performance out of the car. The conditions have been difficult, but postponing qualifying really gave us all a chance to get more time on the track and that was essential to improving our performance. I'm happy, I like the direction we are going and I'm looking forward to tomorrow."

ALEX TAGLIANI (No. 77 FAZZT Race Team, eighth-fastest): "We were very pleased today. This is the first year for the team and the FAZZT crew has just been fantastic so far, and I'm very proud of the boys and the job they have been doing. The Bowers and Wilkins car has been good. We rolled out and have been in the top-eight pretty much all day long. We finished the day with a very strong car and even though we didn't get a clear lap, I think we're looking to be very strong tomorrow. We'll see where we stack up tonight on the charts but I think we have a very good car for the race tomorrow." (About event): "I think the promoters have done a fantastic job to facilitate the travel, the teams, the garages. It has all been great. The track itself is a very unique track with the long straightaway, the longest in the series, and it's going to make for a good race and a lot of action. We have little issues here and there with the track but everyone was very good and responsive and said they would get it all fixed overnight. Those are just first year glitches for a new track, in a new city and a new circuit but for the long term it is going to be really good to be racing here in Sao Paulo."

WILL POWER: (No. 12 Verizon Team Penske, fastest of the day): "I like the circuit. I think it was a good decision to qualify (March 14). It is a little tough going down the slippery start/finish straight. It will be a very physical race. Everyone got closer (in lap times) toward the end of the (final practice) session, which will make qualifying tighter and make it better for the fans."

MARCO ANDRETI (No. 26 Team Venom Energy, ninth-fastest): "The schedule changes today will definitely make tomorrow interesting.  Qualifying can take its toll on you both mentally and physically - and then you have to enter the race.  I'm really optimistic though; hopefully we make it through all three rounds and into the Firestone Fast Six.  We made a lot of good changes during this last session but I don't think we've seen the best of the Venom car yet."

DANICA PATRICK (No. 7 Team GoDaddy.com, 12th-fastest): "This track is challenging for unique reasons that I know the league is paying attention to and trying to fix. But, I'm glad that we had this last session to practice before qualifying. I think the more time for me the better and I think that we were really pretty competitive at the end of the session. We're certainly going in the right direction with the GoDaddy.com car."

VITOR MEIRA (No. 14 ABC Supply/A.J. Foyt Racing): "Overall it wasn't too bad of a day especially since we found something in that last practice session which really helped the car get the power down. We were on older tires so we knew when we jumped into the top 10, it was due to the changes we made. We slipped down in the final five minutes, but we have a good starting point for tomorrow's qualifying. The track conditions were not ideal today, but tonight they are making changes which will make it better for tomorrow. We are going to do the same with the ABC Supply car."

HELIO CASTRONEVES, No. 3 Team Penske, 10th-fastest): "Certainly for the first day, there was a little bit of a blip on the radar on track with the straightaway, but it was a great call by the IZOD IndyCar Series to think about safety first for the drivers and the fans as well. So, we will have the morning practice and then Team Penske will see what we can do in qualifying. It's awesome to race here in front of my hometown fans - they have been great, and we're all looking forward to putting on a good show for them tomorrow."

RYAN BRISCOE (No. 6 Team Penske 11th-fastest): "We are reasonably happy with the Team Penske car. We would have loved to qualify today, but the IZOD IndyCar Series officials made a great decision to put safety first. We will be ready to go out and give 100% tomorrow. We did some race set-up today. The car feels great and we are looking good for qualifying and the race."

SIMONA DE SILVESTRO (No. 78 Team Stargate Worlds/HVM Racing): "It was pretty crazy out there today. Considering how track conditions were throughout the day, I'm pretty happy about how we did. I'm learning all the time. Every corner I go by I'm learning. I think we are on the right track. We made some adjustments early on that did not quite work so we went back and now I believe the car is very good and now it's on me. I think we're good for qualifying tomorrow and we just have to complete tomorrow's race. I'm very excited about tomorrow and looking forward to driving in my first IZOD IndyCar Series race in Brazil"

HIDEKI MUTOH (No. 06 Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing): "The track is quite amazing especially the length of the back straight. It's very bumpy; the bumpiest track I have been on. There is very low grip so it's hard to find the limit of the car. It was hard work today. But I think we can overtake during the race so it will be a good one to watch. (About contact): "I'm not sure what happened; the car just went straight suddenly. We couldn't find anything on the data that was strange but my engineer Martin (Pare) was watching on the TV and said he thought it looked strange too. Maybe something broke but we couldn't find anything. Fortunately it wasn't a big amount of damage and we were ready to run in the next practice session. I want to thank my guys for fixing it. About the race): "I think the race is going to be a little crazy and I hope I am not part of that. There are a lot of rookies in the race so it will be interesting. Because of the very long straight, there is a chance to overtake. The hairpin is quite tight though so I think there is going to be a lot happening there.  If it rains I think you can aquaplane on the backstraight because it is so bumpy. It will be a survival race if it rains. It might be anyway."

TAKUMA SATO (No. 5 KV Racing Technology): "It was a busy day, but I think in the end, I am happy to say, it was a good day for us. We did a lot of work on the car for new circuit and tried to find the right approach for the set up. Today was another step for me and gave me some more experience with an IndyCar. It was obviously very difficult circumstances because of the track surface situation, but hopefully, we will have a good qualifying tomorrow.

E.J. VISO (No. 8 PDVSA-Jet Aviation KV Racing Technology): "Today was an exciting day for the PDVSA KV Racing team. We started from scratch on a track we have never been to before. It was a little bit crazy today especially with the conditions at the start/finish line straight. It is just so slippery and it is a challenge to be fast on the straightaway. We spent most of the day working on the setup of the car. Trying different things and comparing the data and now I think we are in a much better position for tomorrow's qualifying. 

MARIO MORAES (No. 32 KV Racing Technology): "I am very happy to be back in the car for KV Racing Technology. Unfortunately my day didn't go as planned because I made a mistake in the last practice which put in the wall. I feel bad for the crew.  They have worked so hard, but I am confident they will be able to repair the car and we will be ready for qualifying tomorrow morning."

DAN WHELDON (No. 4 National Guard Panther Racing): "We had a really productive last session. We made some dramatic improvements on the National Guard car and it was really fun to drive. When we made those changes it really changed the way I felt about the track, and I think it's going to be an exciting race for IZOD IndyCar Series fans, because you have that long straight where you can get a really good draft, which will certainly present many overtaking opportunities. The mechanics did a really good job because (Chief Engineer) David Cripps threw a really big change at them for this last session and they got it completed really quickly and it worked out perfectly because it really changed the balance of the car. We'll see what happens with the track overnight, and obviously take that into consideration with some of the stuff we're going to change, and hopefully go even better tomorrow."

SUNDAY'S SCHEDULE: (all times local)

8 a.m. - IZOD IndyCar Series warm-up (all cars)

8:30 a.m. - IZOD IndyCar Series qualifying (knockout group qualifying and Firestone Fast Six)

12:30 p.m. - Sao Paulo Indy 300 pre-race

1 p.m. - Sao Paulo Indy 300 (75 laps/195 miles/313.8 kilometers)

Combined Practice Times:

Ps. Driver Team Chassis Best Time Best Speed
1. Will Power Penske Racing Honda Dallara 1:31.2980 99.998
2. Tony Kanaan Andretti Autosport Honda Dallara 1:31.3403 99.952
3. Ryan Hunter-Reay Andretti Autosport Honda Dallara 1:31.3858 99.902
4. Justin Wilson Dreyer & Reinbold Racing Honda Dallara 1:31.5380 99.736
5. Dario Franchitti Target Chip Ganassi Honda Dallara 1:31.5788 99.691
6. Raphael Matos Luczo Dragon/DeFerran Honda Dallara 1:31.5930 99.676
7. Scott Dixon Target Chip Ganassi Honda Dallara 1:31.6062 99.661
8. Alex Tagliani FAZZT Race Team Honda Dallara 1:31.6969 99.563
9. Marco Andretti Andretti Autosport Honda Dallara 1:31.8503 99.397
10. Helio Castroneves Team Penske Honda Dallara 1:31.8565 99.390
11. Ryan Briscoe Team Penske Honda Dallara 1:31.9731 99.264
12. Danica Patrick Andretti Autosport Honda Dallara 1:32.1665 99.056
13. E.J. Viso KV Racing Technology Honda Dallara 1:32.2136 99.005
14. Dan Wheldon Panther Racing Honda Dallara 1:32.2469 98.969
15. Mike Conway Dreyer & Reinbold Racing Honda Dallara 1:32.6446 98.544
16. Vitor Meira A.J. Foyt Racing Honda Dallara 1:32.6553 98.533
17. Simona de Silvestro-R HVM Racing Honda Dallara 1:32.6710 98.516
18. Takuma Sato-R KV Racing Technology Honda Dallara 1:33.0667 98.097
19. Alex Lloyd-R Dale Coyne Racing Honda Dallara 1:33.1112 98.051
20. Hideki Mutoh Newman Haas Lanigan Honda Dallara 1:33.1872 97.971
21. Mario Moraes KV Racing Technology Honda Dallara 1:33.5581 97.582
22. Mario Romancini-R Conquest Racing Honda Dallara 1:34.6578 96.448
23. Ana Figueiredo-R Dreyer & Reinbold Racing Honda Dallara 1:37.4300 93.704
24. Milka Duno Dale Coyne Racing Honda Dallara 1:39.5075 91.748

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