Will Ryan Hunter-Reay break into the top five in season championship points lead or will team-mate EJ Viso have his own designs to try and vault into the top ten without knocking RHR out with a crash? Image Credit: Edmund Jenks (2013)
2013 Itaipava Sao Paulo Indy 300 presented by Nestle – Tweet-By-Tweet
Round four of the 2013 IZOD IndyCar Series (IICS) sees its fourth in a succession of road/street courses to kick-off the season before going on with the month of May festivities at IndyCar’s home city and the grand-daddy of all left-turn only (do we need to say it – oval) races, the Indy 500.
The Mayor of Sao Paulo, Gilberto Kassab, fought hard to bring the IICS to South America and race here. He even went to the point of declaring Sao Paulo the South American Indianapolis in 2009, or maybe a better characterization might be that they were establishing itself as capital of motor racing in South America – no other city could rival the tradition and race that have defined a city ever since the 2.5 mile track was first laid out in 1909.
Welcome to an internet based exercise that this author/editor calls Tweet-By-Tweet. It is a form of New Media reporting on an event from the perspective of mostly well informed and rabid followers of a particular discipline that happen to be communicating LIVE at the same time, sharing their reactions to the happenings of an important event.
The following “Tweets” (entries from Twitter social media portal) come from those who have an account on Twitter and become followed by people of similar interests plus specific #hashtag searches. Contributors who “Tweet” (create an entry made on Twitter) come from many backgrounds such as racing team communications personnel, writers, drivers from other series, bloggers, and just plain fans.
This excerpted and edited from Twitter with entries added from IndyCar, Race Control, and the author –
To start the race, it is always a good thing to have the initial balance of perspective of how the field will line up to take the Green Flag to start the race.
Sao Paulo Indy 300 – Sao Paulo, Brazil
|1||Ryan Hunter-Reay||1:20.4312||Firestone Fast Six|
|2||EJ Viso||1:20.7380||Firestone Fast Six|
|3||Dario Franchitti||1:20.8922||Firestone Fast Six|
|4||Tony Kanaan||1:20.9812||Firestone Fast Six|
|5||James Hinchcliffe||1:20.9893||Firestone Fast Six|
|6||Scott Dixon||1:21.1183||Firestone Fast Six|
|7||Sebastien Bourdais||1:20.8210||Round 2 / Top 12|
|8||Simona de Silvestro||1:20.9390||Round 2 / Top 12|
|9||Justin Wilson||1:21.0570||Round 2 / Top 12|
|10||Marco Andretti||1:21.1716||Round 2 / Top 12|
|11||JR Hildebrand||1:21.2961||Round 2 / Top 12|
|12||Takuma Sato||1:21.3618||Round 2 / Top 12|
|13||Oriol Servia||1:21.7963||Round 1 / Group 1|
|14||Ed Carpenter||1:24:0203||Round 1 / Group 2|
|15||Alex Tagliani||1:21.8636||Round 1 / Group 1|
|16||Ana Beatriz||1:24:8864||Round 1 / Group 2|
|17||Charlie Kimball||1:22.2482||Round 1 / Group 1|
|18||Helio Castroneves||1:25:1734||Round 1 / Group 2|
|19||Graham Rahal||1:22.2998||Round 1 / Group 1|
|20||Sebastian Saavedra||4:00.2612||Round 1 / Group 2|
|21||Tristan Vautier||3:20.5417||Round 1 / Group 1|
|22||Will Power||4:05.5886||Round 1 / Group 2|
|23||Josef Newgarden||No Time||Round 1 / Group 1|
|24||Simon Pagenaud||4:23.1097||Round 1 / Group 2|
|25||James Jakes||No Time||Round 1 / Group 2|
It’s interesting to note that no Penske Racing team car made it to the Firestone Fast Six. This was because the group Will Power and Helio Castroneves were qualifying in, suffered an interruption from an accident caused by Rahal Letterman Lanigan’s James Jakes and this cut the time short for a clear run. Power will start from P22 and Castroneves from P18.
Also, former Lotus Dragon Racing team-mates, Sebastien Bourdais and Simona de Silvestro, will be starting next to each other in the fourth row … just outside of the Firestone Fast Six.
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Edmund Jenks @TheEDJE – @jamesf40 – Ahhhhhh! Choices, Choices, Choices …
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Sad to hear that we may lose a team for the balance of the season – Oriol Servia (starting P13) has to be really unhappy between last season’s messed up run with Lotus and now this DRR suspension of race operations.
GREEN, GREEN, GREEN – the Itaipava Sao Paulo Indy 300 presented by Nestle begins
YELLOW Flag – 7 of 75 LAPS – Dale Coyne Racing’s Ana Beatriz – transmission!
GREEN, GREEN, GREEN -Lap 9 of 10
Great jumps by RHR and TK!! – Crowd goes crazy!
10 of 75 LAPS – Top 10 – TK, RHR, Franchitti, Hinchtown, EJ Viso, Dixon, TAKU, Wilson, SDS, TAKU, and JR Hildebrand
TK represents the 9th driver to lead a race – Scott Dixon is not one of them in 2013 at this point.
YELLOW Flag – Will Power’s car is in flames – his day is finished – he will not gain points or become a driver to win four races in a row at a single track – those who were able to complete this feat? AJ Foyt, Mario Andretti, Rick Mears, and Al Unser, Jr..
20 of 75 LAPS – Top 10 – TK, RHR, Franchitti, Hinchtown, Dixon, TAKU, EJ Viso, SDS, Wilson, and JR Hildebrand
PITSTOPS under YELLOW – Lap 21 – TK loses two positions.
RESTART – LAP 23 of 75 – Team-mates James Jakes and Graham Rahal get together and bring out the YELLOW Flag
At 3rd YELLOW Flag of the day, the order is – Top ten on LAP 26 of 75 – SeaBass, Tags, Newgarden, Kimball, Pagenaud, RHR, Helio, Dixon, TK, and TAKU
GREEN Flag RESTART – Drivers try three-wide – Helio spins and tucks it back in and pits for flatspots – Kimball picks up a couple of spots – not a good day for Penske racing.
30 of 75 – Top Ten – SeaBass, Newgarden, RHR, Pagenaud, TAKU, Kimball, TK, Dixon, Franchitti, and Hildebrand
TK passes RHR for P3 – Pitstop flurry – the field is shuffling
TAKU passes RHR for position … due to pitstops was fot the LEAD of the race!
@LewisFranck – Great #IndyCar photo by @marshallpruett showing @tagliani at Sao Paulo #repost http://www.sulia.com/my_thoughts/71d09e96-040c-4d6e-bf27-378f3b481579/?source=twitter&repost=120 …
@MotoM4TT – Interesting, the international feed immediately showed RED FLAG after the accident…. #indycar
Marco Andretti has four less laps on his tank than the cars in front of him – Fuel strategy same a Danica Patrick’s in Japan – same strategist.
GREEN, GREEN, GREEN -Lap 44 of 75
Two-wide restart – Marco up to P4
OUTSIDE move by TK past RHR for P1 – crowd goes crazy again!! Superb racing side-by-side
Marco up to P3 then to P1 and becomes the 10th driver to lead a race – passing at the front as RHR has car trouble and fades
50 of 75 – Top Ten – Marco, Servia, Franchitti, Viso, TK, Hinchcliffe, Wilson, SDS, Vautier, and Dixon
Pit activity – TK may have run out of fuel – WOW!
YELLOW Flag – sixth full course caution – Marco takes advantage and can go the distance
@4TheLoveOfIndy – Terrible break for Kanaan. At home in his 200 consecutive race. #IndyCar
JR Hildebrand has the lead with the pistops – may have enough fuel to make it to the end – only car at the front that is running on Firestone Blacks
GREEN, GREEN, GREEN -Lap 55 of 75
Two-wide restart – JR Hildebrand was able to get away clean – Graham Rahal cloggs up the restart and gives JR a big break being five laps down
YELLOW Flag – 7th of the day – James Jakes and Justin Wilson get together and bring out a caution
Top ten on RESTART – LAP 59 of 75 – TAKU, Hinchtown, Newgarden, Marco, Pagenaud, RHR, Servia, Viso, Franchitti, and Tags
Hinchcliffe drops to fourth as Newgarden and Marco take advantage.
Servia off of the pace but the cars in front are racing very hard
Hinchcliffe passes Pagenaud and is 2.5 seconds behind Newgarden
Ases del Volante!!!
@Ases_DelVolante – Hinchcliffe pasa a Pagenaud y sube al 3er lugar.
LAP 69 has Newgarden dogging TAKU who is on old Blacks – 1.5 stints
Hinchcliffe is pulling back into contention – Newgarden is filling all the mirrors he can find as the GoDaddy car are covered by a blanket
Two laps remain and Hinch gets Newgarden and TAKU get a little room – Hinch is pulling in TAKU – WOW, WOW, WOW!
Hinch gets tapped by Sato and may be called for blocking
One and a half laps remain and Marco joins the train – Three-Wide for second in the Sambadrome – more WOW!
Andretti Autosport’s James Hinchcliffe wins the Itaipava Sao Paulo Indy 300 presented by Nestle – TAKU, if there is no penalty, will come away with the season points lead going into the INDY500
@pkligerman – Wow that was a BADASS move by Hinchecliffe!! Very cool!
It’s FEAST or FAMINE for
@Hinchtown who has a P1, P26, P26, and now a P1 in four races
At LAP 75 of 75 – Top 10 finishers were Hinchcliffe, Sato, Andretti, Servia, Newgarden, Viso, Franchitti, de Silvestro, Pagenaud, and Kinball!
… notes from The EDJE