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Winning the Sao Paulo 300 for a fourth straight time became a lot harder for Will Power after a mishap in qualifying sent him to the back of the grid for Sunday's IndyCar race.
''It's going to be very tough,'' Power said. ''We would have to be lucky, have a lot of things going our way. It's hard when you are starting back there.''
The Australian, who won all three previous races in Brazil, will start only 22nd after his Penske team took a risk that turned costly for both of its drivers on Saturday.
Helio Castroneves, the points leader and a home-crowd favorite, will start 18th on the streets of Sao Paulo.
''Tough break today to not be able to qualify the way we wanted,'' Power said. ''We felt pretty good going into the qualifying and unfortunately didn't have time to run the lap we wanted.''
He and Castroneves dropped out of pole contention when Penske decided to try to take advantage of a faster tr...
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Will Power of Australia set the fastest time in the first practice session for the IndyCar race in Sao Paulo on Sunday.
Power, winner of all three previous races in Sao Paulo, had a lap time of one minute 21.852 seconds on the temporary Anhembi street circuit, edging out Josef Newgarden of the United States by 0.046 seconds. Sebastien Bourdais of France was third.
Helio Castroneves can't count on home advantage against rival teammate Will Power at the Sao Paulo 300 on Sunday.
Castroneves, the IndyCar Series leader, is one of the home-crowd favorites in Brazil. But it's his Penske teammate from Australia who arrives heavily favored on the streets of Sao Paulo after winning all three races at the temporary Anhembi track.
It was supposed to be yet another dominating Sao Paulo weekend for Team Penske. Entering this weekend’s Izod IndyCar Series action around the 11-turn street circuit, Team Penske driver Will Power has won all three races there. He won the pole the last two years and held the track record set last year.
His teammate Helio Castroneves is from Sao Paulo and usually runs well around...
The race weekend in Sao Paulo, Brazil for the Izod IndyCar Series is one to forget for the entire Team Penske organization.
It started off as a big time high but ended miserably for both Helio Castroneves and Will Power.
Entering the fourth race of the season at Sao Paulo, Castroneves led the points coming to a race in his home country of Brazil. All the momentum of his season thus...