Still, no one other than Will Power has won an Izod IndyCar Series race in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Power claimed another convincing victory in the street circuit race, his third in succession. He also has won three consecutive races this season, allowing him to keep the series points lead heading to the Indianapolis 500. Power finished 14th in last year’s 500.
Power held off Ryan Hunter-Reay on the final restart to give Team Penske, after 44 years, its first four-race winning streak to start the season. Helio Castroneves won the opener in St. Petersburg, Fla.; Power won at Barber Motorsports Park, Long Beach and now in Sao Paulo.
Eleven cars finished on the lead lap Sunday on a day that started with rain during the morning warm-up but not during the two-hour race. There was single-car contact involving rookie Katherine Legge and Ryan Briscoe along with a couple of multi-car tangles. On the first, Mike Conway ran into the back of Dario Franchitti, sending the reigning series champion spinning over the curb. Fortunately, no one struck Franchitti. Conway was not slapped with a penalty because it appeared Franchitti slowed in front of him entering that tricky and tight first corner.
Franchitti shuffled back to 22nd with the delay and subsequent pit stop, but he worked his way back up through the field. He was lucky not to be collected in the next big accident when on the restart Simona De Silvestro ran into the back of rookie Josef Newgarden. Charlie Kimball, James Jakes and Conway also got a piece of the damage.
With 13 laps to go, Newgarden plowed into the tire barrier in Turn 10, causing a full-course caution. During the sequence, Ana Beatriz, driving in her first race of the season for Andretti Autosport, ran into the back of Ed Carpenter, and she was penalized for avoidable contact.
The restart with eight laps left also was adventurous. With Takuma Sato getting a strong run to the inside to take third place, Conway got pushed into the outside wall in Turn 1 and that created a traffic jam. Eight cars were part of the mess: Marco Andretti, Tony Kanaan, Graham Rahal, Scott Dixon, Simon Pagenaud, Jakes and Beatriz, plus Conway.
The final restart came with four laps to go, but it was smooth. Power got past Hunter-Reay cleanly and crossed the finish line nine-tenths of a second ahead. Sato was third, his first podium finish in IndyCar. He started this race last in the 26-car field.
Castroneves finished fourth with Franchitti fifth. Hinchcliffe, JR Hildebrand, Kimball, EJ Viso and Rubens Barrichello completed the top 10.
In points, Power leads Castroneves by 45 with Hinchcliffe third (minus-57), Hunter-Reay fourth (minus-59) and Pagenaud fifth (minus-62).
Rookie orientation at Indianapolis Motor Speedway is May 10 with the first full day of open practice May 10.
1. Will Power, Team Penske, Chevrolet
2. Ryan Hunter-Reay, Andretti Autosport, Chevrolet
3. Takuma Sato, Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing, Honda
4. Helio Castroneves, Team Penske, Chevrolet
5. Dario Franchitt, Ganassi Racing, Honda
6. James Hinchcliffe, Andretti Autosport, Chevrolet
7. JR Hildebrand, Panther Racing, Chevrolet
8. Charlie Kimball, Ganassi Racing, Honda
9. EJ Viso, KV Racing Technology, Chevrolet
10. Rubens Barrichello, KV Racing Technology, Chevrolet
11. Oriol Servia, Dreyer Reinbold Racing, Lotus
12. Simon Pagenaud, Schmidt Hamilton Racing, Honda
13. Tony Kanaan, KV Racing Technology, Chevrolet
14. Marco Andretti, Andretti Autosport, Chevrolet
15. James Jakes, Dale Coyne Racing, Honda
16. Graham Rahal, Ganassi Racing, Honda
17. Scott Dixon, Ganassi Racing, Honda
18. Sebastien Bourdais, Dragon Racing, Lotus
19. Mike Conway, A.J. Foyt Racing, Honda
20. Ana Beatriz, Andretti Autosport, Chevrolet
21. Ed Carpenter, Ed Carpenter Racing, Chevrolet
22. Justin Wilson, Dale Coyne Racing, Honda
23. Josef Newgarden, Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing, Honda, contact
24. Simona De Silvestro, HVM Racing, Lotus, contact
25. Ryan Briscoe, Team Penske, Chevrolet, contact
26. Katherine Legge, Dragon Racing, Lotus, contact
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