Fans got to watch 71 laps of IndyCar racing at Texas Motor Speedway today after a rain delay pushed the race from Saturday night to this afternoon, and then a torrential downpour ensured that this race wouldn’t be finishing this weekend. In fact, it will now be finishing on August 27 instead.
The race went from pleasant earlier this afternoon to miserable shortly after it was red-flagged for rain. IndyCar doesn’t run ovals in the rain, so everything just sat until it the race was called off.
How much rain did TMS get? Enough to flood one of two tunnels out of the infield:
Thunderstorms have continued all afternoon.
Because IndyCar has several other test sessions this week and drivers Scott Dixon, Townsend Bell, Mikhail Aleshin and Sébastien Bourdais need to leave for the 24 Hours of Le Mans as soon as they can, the race won’t finish this week. No, it will be finishing on Saturday, August 27. The race will restart at approximately 7:00 p.m. on lap 72.
Race leader James Hinchcliffe now gets to say that he led a race for over two months.
IndyCar is still working out the particulars, but IndyCar President of Competition and Operations Jay Frye says that the rest of the race will be televised somewhere.
Another thing the series is working out is how to handle Conor Daly and Josef Newgarden’s crash during today’s race. Daly and Newgarden were left with two crashed race cars after the frightening shunt sent Newgarden to the hospital. It is unclear if the teams will store both broken cars as-is until then or work out another deal with the series, but Frye confirmed that both drivers will be given some opportunity to restart the race.
Per track president Eddie Gossage, fans who purchased tickets for today’s mostly rained-out race can exchange their ticket for one of equal or lesser value, including just using it towards seeing the remaining two-thirds of the race in August. IndyCar will be the only race that day, but TMS is filling the one-day session with practice for the teams, an autograph session for fans to meet the drivers and of course, the rest of today’s race.
August in Texas is known for being hot and dry, so hopefully it delivers some seasonable weather.