Jim Williams: Alex Tagliani hitting the track for Sao Paulo Indy 300 this weekend

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Brazilians are passionate people who love sports of all kinds, including auto racing. Viewers can expect to see big crowds on hand this weekend for the Sao Paulo Indy 300.

The race will be run on a 2.536-mile, 11-turn temporary street circuit and last 75 laps.

The race start at 11 a.m. Sunday and airs on NBC Sports Network and Sirius XM Radio.

It is the last race before the Indianapolis 500, and for Canadian Alex Tagliani, the driver of the No. 98 Barracuda Racing Honda, this could be a perfect place to change his early season bad luck that has come in early races.

The man known by all in the IndyCar series as Tags is at a loss as to why his car has not done well yet. There is no doubt he is one of the bright young stars in the sport and his Honda-powered car has everything needed to produce a win or at least a podium finish.

This season you have had bad luck; does that frustrate you?

Tagliani » "Luck plays a role in both life and of course in sports. I am not upset or frustrated because I know that things will get better. I think we have the pace and a well-rounded team. I am confident we can get good results in Brazil, Indianapolis and Belle Isle, and we will find victory lane this season."

Why aren't the superteams like Penske and Ganassi dominating?

Tagliani » "This is one of the strongest seasons we've ever had as far as the entire field goes. Regulations are not allowing us to take a lot of advantages, which is a good thing. The teams with billions of dollars have less of an edge. That is why we're seeing teams like Schmidt and Foyt hit the right set-up and challenge for wins."

Can you still win the driver's championship?

Tagliani » "If you look at how tight the standings are, we can enter the top five with just one good result. It's inviting to be a little more aggressive, and I think there's a place for that but we've got to focus on just stringing together some good finishes first and see where we are once we get into the summer months."

Examiner columnist Jim Williams is a seven-time Emmy Award-winning TV producer, director and writer. Follow him on Twitter @wordmandc.

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