35,000 grandstand seats are expected to be erected for the race, plus VIP suites. The media center will be at the Anhembi Convention Center. The IRL will brings around 900 people team and series personnel to the event.
We hear that on December 15th the IRL will announce the location of a test.
There is very little time to make this event happen. The big Carnival in 2010 falls on the second week of February, which offers little time after that to have the circuit ready in March.
12/04/09 Shown to the right is the 2.28-mile Samb¢dromo Sao Paulo street course the IndyCars will race on in March.
11/25/09 Count Raphael Matos as one of the IZOD IndyCar drivers excited about opening the 2010 season in Brazil.
"I'm very excited. Sao Paulo is the biggest city in Brazil, it's very similar to New York, and having a race on the streets of Sao Paulo will be huge for our series. Everybody in Brazil knows about IndyCar and it's quite popular in Sao Paulo. Street races in big cities are very impressive and the fans of Brazil will really be able to experience just how powerful and fast the IndyCars are. It's going to be very fun."
11/25/09 The city of São Paulo will stage the opening round of the 2010 IZOD IndyCar Series season.
Scheduled for March 14, the event represents the return of Indy-style racing to Brazil thanks to the partnership between the São Paulo municipality, the Indy Racing League and TV Bandeirantes and BandSports.
"The arrival of the IZOD IndyCar Series confirms São Paulo's nature of staging great worldwide events. It is a gift to the citizens of São Paulo who will be able to watch up close great racecars and drivers. It is also a great opportunity for business for the city that becomes the capital of motor racing in Latin América," said Mayor Gilberto Kassab.
The event marks the first IZOD IndyCar Series street race in Brazil. São Paulo is already home to the Brazil Formula 1 Grand Prix staged at the Interlagos racetrack. Now the city concentrates two of the most important motorsports events worldwide.
"While our primary focus continues to be building the sport of the IZOD IndyCar Series domestically, the race in São Paulo affords us a unique opportunity to visit a country that has a huge passion for open-wheel racing. With strong support from our major partner Aprex-Brasil, a significant television package from TV Bandeirantes, a large number of drivers from the country and the opportunity for a unique course, it makes sense from both a business and competition standpoint," said Terry Angstadt, president of the commercial division for the sanctioning Indy Racing League.
The IZOD IndyCar Series has a long history of Brazilian driver participation since its founding in 1996, including this year's field highlighted by three-time Indianapolis 500 winner Helio Castroneves, 2004 IndyCar Series champion Tony Kanaan, veteran driver Vitor Meira, and up-and-coming IndyCar Series stars Raphael Matos, the 2009 Apex-Brasil IndyCar Series Rookie of the Year, and Sao Paulo native Mario Moraes.
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