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In addition to Franchitti’s Chip Ganassi, five other teams are using Honda engines this season, which also has Lotus as a supplier. This is the first time in seven years that IndyCar has multiple engine manufacturers.

The race in Sao Paulo will mark the IndyCar home debut for Barrichello, who ended a 19-year F1 career last year. His best finish so far has been eighth in Alabama, and he is expecting more difficulties this weekend at a track he has never raced before.

Kanaan, Barrichello’s teammate at KV Racing, is coming off a solid fourth-place finish in Long Beach, while Ana Beatriz joined Andretti Autosport for the home race despite not having a full-season ride.

The race in Brazil is the last before the Indy 500 on May 27.


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