Torrential rain pushes St. Petersburg race to Monday

A tropical rainstorm was the only winner today at St. Petersburg, as a heavy weather system moved inland from the Gulf of Mexico, dropping more than an inch of water onto the streets of St. Petersburg, and postponing the Indycar race there until...

A tropical rainstorm was the only winner today at St. Petersburg, as a heavy weather system moved inland from the Gulf of Mexico, dropping more than an inch of water onto the streets of St. Petersburg, and postponing the Indycar race there until Monday.

The series was able to run this morning's 30-minute warmup session on a dry track, with Chip Ganassi Racing's Scott Dixon nipping Will Power to the fastest time in the session.

In the afternoon, though, the Indy Lights race had to be shortened from 45 to 35 laps, as the skies opened and rain and lighting poured onto the temporary street circuit.

The race will now go green at 10 AM on Monday morning. Power, driving for Team Penske, has dominated the timesheets throughout the weekend with the exception of this morning's warmup session, and will start from pole position. Andretti Autosport's Tony Kanaan will start second.

The last time an Indycar race had to be postponed was in 2008, when the oval race at Twin Ring Motegi was delayed due to rain. Danica Patrick eventually took the victory there, her first in the Indycar series.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Scott Dixon , Tony Kanaan , Chip Ganassi , Will Power , Danica Patrick
Teams Andretti Autosport , Team Penske , Chip Ganassi Racing