Rain In Toronto Postpones Race: Sets Up Single-Day Double-Header
The first race of the Honda Indy Toronto double-header has been moved from Saturday to Sunday because of a rain.
That means the Sunday will see to IndyCar Series races at the 1.755-mile, 11-turn temporary street circuit.
The decision to postpone Saturday’s race was made by series officials after a 2-hour, 30-minute delay from the scheduled start.
The Race Director declared a wet start 60 minutes before the command to start engines because of persistent light rain that created puddling. The standing start was scrapped in favor of a single-file rolling start.
The 23-car field made several warm-up laps before the red flag waved.
“They can race in the rain, but it’s once they get up to speed and the spray. You can’t see anything and it would be mayhem,” said team owner Michael Andretti, who won seven times at Toronto.
After a 20-minute delay, cars took to the racetrack again and heading to the green flag the No. 12 Verizon Team Penske car of Will Power did a half-spin entering Turn 11 and made left-side contact with the concrete barrier. The crew made suspension changes under a second red flag for conditions, and Power rejoined the field.
Championship front-runner Helio Castroneves takes a nine-point lead over Power, his Team Penske teammate, into the doubleheader. Sebastien Bourdais, driving the No. 11 KVSH Racing car, earned the Verizon P1 Award for Race 1. It was his first pole since Sept. 2, 2007, at Assen, Netherlands.
“Obviously, we all wanted to get the race in today, but this was the correct call,” said Castroneves, who qualified third in the No. 3 PPG Team Penske car. “We really tried to start the race but it was clear that we were going to wreck a lot of cars. The PPG Chevy is very fast so whenever we start the race we will be fine.”No Comment