Thursday, March 11, 2010

IndyCar to open season on a Sambadrome in Brazil

SAO PAULO (AP) - The IndyCar Series will open its season on the streets of South America's biggest city, parading through a Sambadrome and a mile-long straightaway that is the series' longest ever.


The inaugural Sao Paulo Indy 300 will kick-start the IRL season on March 14, marking the return of Indy-style cars to Brazil for the first time since the CART series ran in Rio de Janeiro from 1996-2000.


"The race in Sao Paulo will be a great show, the track is awesome," Brazilian driver Tony Kanaan said. "I can't wait to see the stands filled with fans and to feel their enthusiasm."


The 2.6-mile temporary street circuit in Sao Paulo is highlighted by the Anhembi Sambadrome, a stadium-like venue where Sao Paulo's traditional Carnival parades are watched by tens of thousands of revelers every year in this city of nearly 12 million people.


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