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IndyCar: Two red flags for rain postpone first Toronto race start (UPDATED)

Jul 19, 2014, 5:10 PM EDT

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TORONTO, 5:10 p.m. ET – We have confirmation from INDYCAR that the race, if it resumes, will be 65 laps or 90 minutes, whichever comes first.

5:00 p.m. ET – Guess what. We have another red flag. No determination on when this one will get back going, as yet.

4:55 p.m. ET – Since the last update, we’ve had a pace car spin and Will Power spin with contact into the Turn 11 barrier. Thus far, we have not completed any scored laps or time yet.

Power told NBCSN’s Marty Snider, “I just whipped it around, I had no chance. My bad. I don’t know, obviously at the front it’s a lot easier to see. Starting 18th you can’t see a thing. I don’t know. We’ll get out, it’ll take about an hour to fix it. That’s the worst spot on the track to have it. To not even start the race is a bad deal man. You sit there and think that’s a big chunk of points right there. Was not ready for that.”

4:25 p.m. ET - Visibility concerns for drivers has prompted a change from a standing start to a single-file rolling start. The race is expected to go green on the second time by.

4:05 p.m. ET: The first of the Honda Indy Toronto races is now on a temporary delay, as a red flag has been issued just before the start for race one.

What had been a steady drizzle in the hour leading up to the race has intensified; additionally, visibility issues have been reported by drivers around the 1.755-mile circuit.

“As you saw we tried to get the race underway, and see if the rain could ease off. The race technically hasn’t started yet, so teams can go to their box. They can do whatever they want to their cars. Hopefully the weather will ease up,” said IndyCar president of competition and operations Derrick Walker to NBCSN. “There was a lot of feedback from the teams the visibility was pretty bad.”

“It’s just the spray,” Jimmy Vasser, team co-owner of KVSH Racing told NBCSN’s Kevin Lee. “It could be interesting going into Turn 3. With the rain, it changes every situation.”

“The spray’s massive; behind me it’s awful so I can understand this call,” said KVSH’s Sebastien Bourdais, who scored the Verizon P1 award for the race.

“You get a little more anxious; steady rain is easier than rain, sun and rain, sun,” Penske Racing president Tim Cindric told NBCSN as well.

You can watch it live on NBCSN and NBC Sports Live Extra; stay tuned for MotorSportsTalk for further updates. The race will be a two-hour time limit, or 85 laps, whichever comes first. Teams are in the pits for changes.

  1. manik56 - Jul 19, 2014 at 4:34 PM

    About all I can say about this that is PG is these guys apparently are not the best in the world, nor is IndyCar the most prepared sanctioning body in the world.

  2. manik56 - Jul 19, 2014 at 5:57 PM

    Well done IndyCar…Off to Columbus Motor Speedway to see Mr. Rhodes. NASCAR couldn’t do any worse tonight no matter what happens.

  3. worknman24hours - Jul 19, 2014 at 7:16 PM

    Eh,while there was’nt a race,there was a heck of alot of entertainment value going on the tv.

    I think,at the end of the day,the drivers safety made trying to squeeze in the race not the smart move.

    Indycar should think about doing something for all those fans who sat out there while the race almost and then did’nt for HOURS.

    Canadien race fans are awesome.

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