IRL: Nashville: Saturday rain delay notes

RAIN WASHES OUT FIRESTONE INDY 200 AT NASHVILLE GLADEVILLE, Tenn., Saturday, July 14, 2007 -- Steady rain showers forced the postponement of the Firestone Indy 200 at Nashville Superspeedway. AAMCO Transmissions Pole Award winner Scott Dixon...

RAIN WASHES OUT FIRESTONE INDY 200 AT NASHVILLE

GLADEVILLE, Tenn., Saturday, July 14, 2007 -- Steady rain showers forced the postponement of the Firestone Indy 200 at Nashville Superspeedway.

AAMCO Transmissions Pole Award winner Scott Dixon will lead the field to the green flag at 1 p.m. (ET). The race will be televised by ESPN2.

The last IndyCar Series event to be postponed by rain was in June 2000 at Texas Motor Speedway.

"It's really disappointing as it kind of breaks up the momentum the Target team had going this weekend," Dixon said. "We were quickest in practice and won the pole position, but just like the Energizer Bunny was going and going, even in the rain, we hope to keep it going through tomorrow. We're still on pole and ready to give the fans a great race tomorrow."

DAY 2 NOTEBOOK:

IndyCar Series officials have announced that #55 Matsuura will start tonight's race from the rear of the field after having its qualifying time/speed disallowed for failing post-qualifying tech inspection. The decision is being announced prior to the race after the team filed a protest that was heard this afternoon by Brian Barnhart, Indy Racing League president of competition and operations. Barnhart upheld the decision of the IndyCar Series technical inspection team and disallowed the qualifying time/speed.

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The 2007 IndyCar Series season continues with the Firestone Indy 200 at 1 p.m. (ET) on July 15 at Nashville Superspeedway. The race will be televised live by ESPN2 and broadcast by the IMS Radio Network. The next Indy Pro Series event is the Mid-Ohio 100 on July 22 at Mid Ohio Sports Car Course. The race will be broadtcast at 5:30 p.m. on July 26. ESPN2's coverage of Sunbelt Rentals 100 will be televised by ESPN2 at 5 p.m. on July 18.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Scott Dixon , Brian Barnhart