CHAMPCAR/CART: Montreal races moved to Monday

Forecasters predicted a 90 percent chance of rain for Sunday's Champ Car Grand Prix of Montreal, and hit the nail right on the head. Series officials red-flagged the event after six laps of racing due to heavy rain showers.

First lap: A.J. Allmendinger leads S?bastien Bourdais.
Photo by Eric Gilbert.
A.J. Allmendinger led all six circuits after making a pass on Sebastien Bourdais exiting turn two. There were two full-course cautions in the six laps, the first when Katherine Legge spun into the barriers and damaged her rear wing, and the second to slow the field when the rain picked up.

Drivers were nearly unanimous sharing their difficulties driving in the inclement weather. "I could see nothing, whether I was behind the pace car or let alone at speed," Justin Wilson said.

"It was very difficult out there - it's impossible to see," Alex Tagliani added. "In the rain, you're looking for reference points, sometimes even up in the air, like trees or sponsor signs."

"It was fine until the downpour, and then it wasn't reasonable," commented Bourdais. "It was borderline for me -- I'm happy I didn't spin it."

The Atlantic race was stopped after one lap due to the storm hitting the Montreal area. They were re-scheduled for a 4:15pm (EDT) start for today after the Champ Car race. That race also has now been bounced over to Monday. At 8:30am (EDT), the Champ Car Atlantic field will take to the track before receiving the green flag and resuming their race. Canadian James Hinchcliffe held his pole position at the end of the first lap.

Champ Car drivers will restart their event, with six laps completed, at 10:00am. The last rain delayed race which was moved to the following day was in 2000 at the high-speed California Speedway oval.

"The safety of our competitors and our fans was the major concern today," said Champ Car President Steve Johnson. "There was a lot of water on the track and it would not have been safe to put our cars on track during the weather problems. We have two very tight championships on the line and we want to make sure they can be contested in a manner befitting a world-class racing series. We are looking forward to tomorrow."