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POLE DAY CANCELLED AT INDY SPEEDWAY, Ind. - Another day and another rain out at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The inclement weather pattern of rain and chilly temperatures postponed Pole Day qualifying to Sunday. Under the new qualifying...

POLE DAY CANCELLED AT INDY

SPEEDWAY, Ind. - Another day and another rain out at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The inclement weather pattern of rain and chilly temperatures postponed Pole Day qualifying to Sunday. Under the new qualifying rules 22 cars will be eligible to qualify on Sunday at the Speedway.

"The one factor we can't control here at the track is the weather," said Danica Patrick, who qualified fourth in 2005. "We have lost a lot of practice time due to the weather and as frustrating as it is you just have to be ready to drive when the opportunity presents itself."

Buddy Rice was the pole winner at Indy in 2005. He has been through rain delayed qualifying before.

"I think it has rained here the last five years on Pole Day," said Rice. "I know the day I won the pole in 2004 we practiced and then sat in a rain delay before I qualified. So there always seems to be a weather condition during some qualifying time. Sure, it isn't fun to sit here and wait it out. Sometimes it is harder on our engineers that the drivers. They are trying to gauge the conditions at certain times of the day. We, as drivers, just wait and see what our engineers feel the best setups will be for the weather. Unfortunately, right now we just don't know what the weather is going to do. So just get our card games going."

Jeff Simmons is eager to participate in his first Indy 500 Pole Day. The 29-year-old rookie ran the Indy 500 in 2004 as his first IndyCar Series race.

"Hey, it was a productive day for me, said Simmons. "I signed over 300 autographs with hats and cards. Plus a lot of fans' autographs too. I do think our team won one race. Our truck driver Rollie (Kirby) was the fastest on pit lane with his pit cart. It is funny what the drivers and crews think up during a rain delay. Actually, the weather is always a factor during the month and this year just happens to be a little worse than normal. It is something that we have to deal with every year. We will be prepared when the track opens sometime this week."

Pole Day is now set for tomorrow weather permitting.

-rlr

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Buddy Rice , Jeff Simmons , Danica Patrick