As for the weather, rain is in the forecast yet again. The DW12 has yet to run significant time in the rain, so this could make it a very unpredictable race.
The Sao Paulo track might be the most racy street circuit in motorsports right now. There are multiple passing zones, as you can see by the track map (link goes to a PDF), especially the hairpin turn 11 after the nearly mile long backstretch. The DW12 has produced some great racing so far, especially at tracks like Barber and Long Beach, normally known as parades. To make it simple, the new car + good track for racing + rain means this should be a good one.
Debi in her preview noted the engine battle between Honda and Chevy. Honda won the most recent battle in the appeals office, and so far the results are more favorable to Honda, who were able to get the half the spots in the Firestone Fast Six. However, Chevy and the man who's dominated the early part of the season, Will Power, took the pole. His old nemesis Dario Franchitti, who desperately needs a good finish, will start alongside Power on the front row. Power has won the last two races, and is the only winner the Sao Paulo race has ever known. I hate to be so conventional, but I'm picking Will to make it three in a row, both in 2012 and in Brazil. For my dark horse, I'm picking James Hinchcliffe. Hinch will start 4th after making the Firestone Fast Six yet again. He's the only driver to make the Fast Six all four races this season, and solid finishes have put him 5th in points. He's going to start winning soon, and this week is as good as any.
Coverage on NBC Sports Network begins at 10:30 AM eastern with INDYCAR36, starring Ryan Hunter-Reay. Pre-race starts at 11, with the green flag scheduled for approximately