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IndyCar Race 1 from Toronto postponed due to rain; revised Sunday schedule released (UPDATED)

Jul 19, 2014, 9:00 PM EDT

9 p.m. ET – We also have a channel change now confirmed for Race 1 on Sunday in Toronto. That will be airing on CNBC after the Formula One German Grand Prix. Coverage of IndyCar Race 2 will start at 3 p.m. ET on NBCSN.

8:30 p.m. ET – A change has been made on the length of tomorrow’s two Verizon IndyCar Series races. Instead of 75 laps as initially stated, each race will run 65 laps or 80 minutes, whichever comes first.

A full Sunday schedule has now been released for all series in Toronto, as tweeted here by More Front Wing. All times are ET:

7:10 p.m. ET - We have an update on at least the IndyCar portion of the schedule for Sunday.

Race 1 will have a green flag at 10:30 a.m. ET, with a rolling start and the grid set by the qualifying positions as were qualified (Sebastien Bourdais on the pole). Cars 2 (Juan Pablo Montoya), 8 (Ryan Briscoe) and 12 (Will Power) will retain their original starting positions, as the race never technically started. They were due to incur penalties and be sent to the back.

Race 2 will have a green flag at 4:15 p.m., with a standing start and the grid set by entrant points entering the weekend (Helio Castroneves will be on pole). Both races will air on NBCSN.

The remaining schedule for support series races will be determined next.

6:25 p.m. ET - Persistent rains have forced IndyCar to postpone today’s Race 1 of the Honda Indy Toronto doubleheader after two red flags and several incidents.

A revised schedule for tomorrow, which was to feature a second, 85-lap race for the Verizon IndyCar Series, will be released shortly.

All but three drivers were going to start today’s race on the Firestone alternate “red” slick tires, but steady pre-race showers caused IndyCar to declare the race as a wet start, putting the drivers on rain tires.

The rain appeared to pick up even further during pace laps and a pre-emptive red flag was waved due to driver visibility issues. Graham Rahal, who started in Row 8, had this to say over his Rahal Letterman Lanigan team’s radio:

Cars were released back to the teams for a 10-15 minute period in which adjustments could be made to them before they went back out. Race Control also decided that because of conditions, the standing start would be abandoned in favor of a single-file rolling start.

But after the first red flag ended and the field came back out to the track for another set of pace laps, several incidents occurred.

Ryan Briscoe went into the tires at Turn 5 but was able to reverse and keep going – albeit at the cost of his starting spot. Then after the field got the one-to-go signal, the Honda pace car slid and spun off-course at Turn 3.

The pace car then pulled off early, but as the field was heading for the green flag, Will Power lost control in Turn 10 and slammed into the inside wall.

Race Control declared no start as Power’s No. 12 Team Penske crew pushed his wounded car back to their pit box for rear suspension repairs.

But when a second red flag came out just before 5 p.m. ET, that proved to be a lucky break for Team Penske, which was allowed to continue working on repairing Power’s car.

A few minutes after 5:30 p.m. ET, the No. 12 was spotted being rolled back to pit road.

Not everyone was happy about that, with Andretti Autosport team owner Michael Andretti telling NBCSN that it was a violation of the rules.

“If this thing goes green, we’re gonna have to talk about it,” said Andretti at the time. “Because they basically allowed them to work on their car when nobody else was allowed to touch their cars. So why are they having an exception over the rest of the cars in the field?

“It’ll be interesting, if this thing does goes green, what the rest of the field [thinks] – I’m sure we’re not the only ones that feel that way about it. Stay tuned.”

However, since the No. 12 crew was allowed to make repairs under the red, Power had to start the race from the rear of the field, not his second-place qualifying position.

Still, Power – who sits just nine points behind teammate Helio Castroneves for the top spot in the Verizon IndyCar Series championship – was happy that his team was able to repair his car after his mistake.

“What’s the chance of that – my guys did a phenomenal job,” Power told NBCSN. “And the time that they got that thing fixed! It’s unbelievable to be sitting back in pit lane.”

Also due to be starting from the rear was Briscoe (because of his earlier run-in with the Turn 5 tires) and Juan Pablo Montoya, who qualified 11th. IndyCar eventually explained why Montoya was being sent to the rear:

During this second red flag, IndyCar also said that the race distance would be shortened to 65 laps or 90 minutes, whichever came first.

However, since the schedule is now being revised for Sunday, it’s unknown if this part will be carried over.

  1. worknman24hours - Jul 19, 2014 at 7:54 PM

    You know,when you say your coming back at 7:00 with an update,you might want to do that-or at least run a strip across the bottom of the screen for a half hour saying the race was moved to tomorrow.

    Just sayin’ fellas.

    In any case,the broadcast crew ,the racers,the team managers, and the fans kept this non race interesting for me.

    I stayed in until the just before 6 p.m. sign off.

    So much better then F1 when they get rain delays.

    Everyone was’nt scared to talk-like it was a sporting event and we could all kick back and wait for the weather to clear and maybe have some fun with all the indecision of it all.

    And that,the people who come to the track to see the races are actually important.

    Just a real family type ,real people type environment about the whole thing and Canadian too-all good stuff,I enjoyed it.

    Powers, what a darn crew you got there.

    Miller,now YOU owe A.J. that money.

    Varsha,don’t you go anywhere dude,Paul and everyone else,nice job today.

    Great feel today,like SPEED TV of old almost.

  2. elcaminobilly - Jul 19, 2014 at 8:22 PM

    According to the actual on-air updates, race 1 will NOT be televised at all. This article states it will- which is accurate?

    • Chris Estrada - Jul 19, 2014 at 8:26 PM

      Both races will be televised tomorrow on NBCSN according to IndyCar. Should anything change in that regard, we’ll pass along updates. Thanks for reading.

      – Chris Estrada

      • elcaminobilly - Jul 20, 2014 at 1:49 AM

        I see the update now, thank you.

  3. chad4208 - Jul 19, 2014 at 8:45 PM

    they have to televise it….contract obligations,,, and it would be really dumb not to…

  4. chad4208 - Jul 19, 2014 at 8:49 PM

    to add to that…i dont know if that means LIVE… I don’t know how their contract reads…. but they have to air it. They have a contract to air the race, they have to air the race in some form or they are in violation of the contract. On indycars part—I am not an expert but I would assume these contracts have clauses for rain delays and how to operate in such situations

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