When the series first raced on the 2.536-mile, 11-turn Sao Paulo street circuit in 2010, Power survived a spectacular opening-lap crash and then endured heavy rain before making a winning pass on Ryan Hunter-Reay in the closing minutes for the win. The race was scheduled for 75 laps, but IndyCar officials placed a two-hour limit on the event due to numerous cautions for accidents and a brief halt for a thunderstorm.
With the 2011 race delayed one day due to heavy rain, Power once again survived a rash of accidents and dealt with wet track conditions. He took the lead for good with 10 minutes remaining in the timed-event and then crossed the finish line almost five seconds ahead of his closest competitor, Graham Rahal.
Power continued his dominance in Brazil last year, leading 63 of 75 laps. It was his third consecutive victory of the season. He had won at Barber Motorsports Park and on the streets of Long Beach, Calif. prior to Brazil.
"Brazil is probably the best street course that we go to," Power said. "It has the most passing opportunities, and a massive crowd is there. It's a cool street circuit, and it's a lot of fun."
Power has started on the pole in the last two races in Brazil. He started fifth in the inaugural event.
Right now, Power is eighth in the point standings. He is 37 points behind leader and Penske teammate Helio Castroneves, who is one of three Brazilians competing in this race. Sao Paulo is Castroneves' hometown.
"It's great to be in Sao Paulo, because it's an awesome place," Castroneves said. "The fans love it. The fans going there just shows that Brazilians really love race cars and IndyCar there."
Ana Beatriz, who drives for Dale Coyne Racing, is also from Sao Paulo, while KV Racing Technology driver Tony Kanaan is from Salvador, Brazil.
"I love it, and I love to race in front of my fans, my family and my friends, everybody who doesn't have a chance to come to America and watch us," Kanaan said. "I definitely have the biggest fan base when we go race there."
After scoring his first career IndyCar victory two weeks ago in Long Beach, Takuma Sato moved up to second in the rankings. Sato, in his first season with A.J. Foyt Racing, is just six points behind Castroneves.
"This is just the start," Sato said. "Now we're going back to Brazil. It's a different street course, but I hope we have a strong package and just keep continuing with it."
Twenty-five teams are entered for the Sao Paulo Indy 300.
Series: IZOD IndyCar. Date: Sunday, May 5. Race: Sao Paulo Indy 300. Site: Streets of Sao Paulo. Track: 2.536-mile, 11-turn temporary street circuit. Start Time: 11:30 a.m. ET. Laps: 75. Miles: 190.2. 2012 Winner: Will Power. Television: NBC Sports Network. Radio: IMS Radio Network/SIRIUS XM Satellite.