Rain delay for São Paulo Indy 300
Need a wet suit, engine snorkel and an outboard!Justin Wilson
Sunday’s Itaipava São Paulo Indy 300 has been postponed until Monday 2nd May after heavy rain and standing water caused the race to be red-flagged. The latest reports suggest that the race will re-start at 8am ET (1pm BST). VERSUS have said they will cover the event live and we believe that Sky Sports will have live coverage via the red button. Please check www.indycar.com for any last-minute scheduling changes.
A heavy downpour shortly before the start meant a wet race and a three car shunt at Turn 1 on the opening lap brought out an early yellow. Starting from 8th, Justin emerged unscathed and moved up to 7th, but when the race restarted on Lap 7 he was one of a number of cars to spin in Turn 1. The IndyCar Safety Team got him re-started, but he dropped to 18th. Shortly afterwards, on Lap 9, the race was red-flagged for the first time.
After a 2 hour 23 minute delay the cars headed back out on track behind the safety car in an attempt to dry the track and test out the conditions. But with the rain still falling it was judged too dangerous to re-start the event and the race was red-flagged again on Lap 14. Justin was running 17th at that point.
"That was crazy weather," Justin tweeted later. "Need a wet suit, engine snorkel and an outboard!"
The race will resume at the point of Sunday's postponement on Lap 15 with approximately 1 hour 19 minutes remaining in the two-hour race time limit. IndyCar.com reports that tomorrow’s race will be official after the halfway point on time (one hour of green flag) or laps (75) - whichever comes first.