SAO PAULO – If the morning warmup is any indication, then the Itaipava Sao Paulo Indy 300 presented by Nestle could be an interesting race.
Graham Rahal, who qualified 19th for the 75-lap race, led the field in the morning warm-up. The Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing driver recorded a lap of 1 minute, 24.2494 seconds on his final lap in the 30-minute session in the No. 15 blu Ecigs Honda.
E.J. Viso, who will start a career-best second, was second in the session (1:21.2920) in the No. 5 Team Venezuela/Andretti Autosport/HVM Chevrolet. Scott Dixon, who will roll off sixth in the No. 9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Honda, was third (1:21.3284).
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Ryan Hunter-Reay, who collected his second Verizon P1 Award of the 2013 on Saturday with a track record of 1:20.4312, was 22nd in the session, while three-time defending race winner Will Power was sixth fasted in the session.
Josef Newgarden, who was unable to qualify after his team changed engines prior to qualifying, was fifth in the practice session. Newgarden, however will incur a 10-spot grid penalty in the No. 67 Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing Honda for the unapproved engine change.
The race begins on NBC Sports Network at 11 a.m. (ET). Green flag is scheduled to drop at 11:40 a.m.