IndyCar Practice Washed Out In Edmonton

| , RacinToday.com Friday, July 22 2011


Rain washed out all IndyCar Series practice at the Edmonton, Alberta circuit where this weekend’s race is scheduled to be held.

Practice and qualifying has been rescheduled for Saturday.

The postponement is particularly troublesome in that the series is making its debut on the revamped City Center Airport 2.24-mile, 13-turn course.

“If this happened at any other street course or road course (other than Baltimore), we know the track and we know what we should do,” said Vitor Meira, driver of the No. 14 ABC Supply car for A.J. Foyt Racing who is coming off a top-five finish in the Honda Indy Toronto. “The one consolation is that it is the same for everybody.

“At the beginning (of track time), we have to forget a little bit about the details and worry about the big things and try to catch up fast. That is going to be our own race – how fast we can we can learn the track and what the car needs.”

INDYCAR has established a revised Saturday schedule with IZOD IndyCar Series practice set for 9:40 to 10:25 a.m. and 11:25 a.m. to 12:10 p.m (MDT).  Qualifying still remains from 3:30 to 4:50 p.m. (MDT) Saturday.

Turn 1 – a hard left-hander after a long straight – could be among the most challenging to master even without the extra session.

“There are three very heavy braking zones from long straights,” series’ championship points leader Dario Franchitti said. “I think it will be racy and tough on brakes, actually. Turn 1 is wide and then it narrows up very quickly. I think part of the thing that’s been talked about are the lines on either side of track are not out of bounds. You can go all kinds of places, but you have to remember it narrows up very much in the middle of Turn 1. Hopefully, we all control ourselves.”

| , RacinToday.com Friday, July 22 2011
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