Will Power wins messy, rain-plagued race in Brazil

Hey, you have to give the Izod IndyCar Series credit for persistence.

After attempting -- that's the key word here -- to start the Itaipava Sao Paulo 300 in the rain on Sunday, the rain-shortened race was won by Will Power on Monday after rain prevented the field from completing more than nine laps.

Since the Sao Paulo course is a street circuit, there was no place for the rainwater to go on the streets. The cars had rain tires, but as the field entered the quick chicane in turns one and two on the start, Ryan Hunter-Reay went off course and Helio Castroneves, Danica Patrick and Simona de Silvestro crashed.

It wasn't much better on the next restart. Four cars, including Scott Dixon, spun immediately in the chicane and other cars kept spinning and hitting the wall throughout the course because of the lack of vision and traction.

So after the rain let up, the race was pushed to Monday morning at 8 a.m. ET and pole-sitter Power won after race leader Takuma Sato had to pit for fuel before the conclusion of the race.

Power, who finished second in last year's title race is at the top of this year's standings. Defending champion Dario Franchitti is 14 points back and the only driver within a race's worth of points.

And you want to know a fun fact? Talladega -- the race that many NASCAR fans claimed to despise -- featured 88 lead changes. Granted, the first four races of the season in the IndyCar Series have all been on road and street courses, but there have been only 12 lead changes all season.

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