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IndyCar Race Postponed

Jim Pedley | Managing Editor, RacinToday.com Sunday, May 1 2011

Brian Barnhart of the IndyCar Series.

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Heavy rain and standing water forced the postponement of the Itaipava Sao Paulo Indy 300 presented by Nestle, scheduled for Sunday  until 8 a.m. (ET) Monday.

The IZOD IndyCar Series race will be televised live on VERSUS at 8 a.m. (ET). It will resume at the point of Sunday’s postponement on Lap 15 with approximately 1 hour, 19 minutes remaining in the two-hour race time limit.

“It’s disappointing to have to postpone any event, but especially one that we anticipated to be such a great event,” said Brian Barnhart, president of competition and racing operations for INDYCAR, sanctioning body of the IZOD IndyCar Series. “The city of Sao Paulo did an outstanding job on improving a circuit that produced 96 passes for position a year ago and had a lot of on-track action, but ultimately, it came down to a visibility issue and safety for our competitors is a priority.

“We thank the city and state of Sao Paulo and the event promoter and track workers for their efforts to dry the track. Hopefully, the great racing fans in Brazil who came today will come back tomorrow and fill the grandstands for the great event they came to see.”

Pole sitter Will Power led the first 10 laps on the 11-turn, 2.6-mile circuit before it was red-flagged for 2 hours, 23 minutes the due to treacherous conditions that limited visibility. After a brief attempt to resume the race, it was stopped for a second time at 4:25 p.m. local time.

A series of water-caused crashes marred the laps of the race which were run.

Among the victims of the wrecks was Danica Patrick.

“What a disappointing day,” Patrick said. “We started the day 17th with the GoDaddy car and I just wanted to get through the start. The start was going to be chaos, I was pretty sure of that. I left enough room to negotiate if something happened. A car was on the outside of me and we entered turn one side-by-side and went side-by-side through the chicane. Two cars were stopped outside and I had time to react – I slowed down and then got hit and spun around. It’s a crash.

“Things like that happen on a start in a place like this in the rain; cars can’t see coming into turn one and there’s no room for error. It’s really unfortunate. Luckily the guys were able to fix the car during the red flags and we were ready to go again when the race got called for the day. We’ll see what tomorrow brings and how they decide to restart the race. Anything could happen at this point.”

Also going off course was Patrick’s Andretti Autosport teammate, Ryan Hunter-Reay.

“I made a mistake on the first lap, it was the same mistake a lot of drivers made but we’re two laps down because of it,” he said. “I think we’re starting tomorrow based off the end of the day today. I obviously would have been in favor of a full restart. The DHL/Sun Drop car is strong and can be a contender here so I’d like to get back on the front row. We’ll go back to work again tomorrow.”

This is the first IZOD IndyCar Series to be postponed by weather since the Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg in March 2010 at the Streets of St. Petersburg, Fla., won by Power.

Jim Pedley | Managing Editor, RacinToday.com Sunday, May 1 2011
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  • Dave says:

    Ridiculous this whole race….Should never have been started and the field should be reset and start the race over..what a joke