CHAMPCAR/CART: Montreal: Team Australia Sunday rain day report

RAIN POSTPONES MONTREAL RACE TO MONDAY Team Australia will be back in action for the fourth day in a row at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve after proceedings were postponed until tomorrow due to heavy rain in Montreal today. Both the Champ Car...

RAIN POSTPONES MONTREAL RACE TO MONDAY

Team Australia will be back in action for the fourth day in a row at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve after proceedings were postponed until tomorrow due to heavy rain in Montreal today.

Both the Champ Car World Series and Champ Car Atlantic Championship races began on the rain-soaked circuit only to be red flagged when conditions were considered too dangerous as a result of the large amount of water on the racing surface, with vision extremely low.

The two races will resume at the point where they were halted on Sunday, with AJ Allmendinger leading ahead of polesitter Sebastien Bourdais after six laps in the 72-lap Champ Car race and Canadian James Hinchcliffe will lead the Atlantic championship event when it resumes on lap three of the 26-lap event.

Team Australia Champ Car drivers Will Power and Alex Tagliani have both moved one position from there starting position, Power down to eighth after being passed by Andrew Ranger, and Alex Tagliani up one place to 11th. Power carries momentum into tomorrow's race, qualifying seventh and finishing fourth fastest in the morning warm-up.

Team Australia Champ Car Atlantic drivers Simon Pagenaud and Michael Patrizi have both maintained there starting positions, in second and 12th place respectively.

Champ Car's official website will show both the Champ Car Atlantic race and the Champ Car World Series Grand Prix of Montreal live.

The Champ Car Atlantic race will start at 8:00 am ET (10:00pm Australian Eastern Standard Time) followed by the Champ Car World Series event at 10:00 am ET (12:00am Australian Eastern Standard Time -- midnight).

WHAT THEY HAD TO SAY --

Will Power - #5 Team Australia/Aussie Vineyards Champ Car driver

"Today was so bad you couldn't see two feet ahead of you," said Power.

"If someone would have happened to spin out it would have caused a massive pile up and someone could have really been hurt, it was very dangerous.

"I wish that my home town of Toowoomba in Queensland could get some rain like this, because they really need it at the moment.

"I think it was good decision and hopefully it will be dry tomorrow."

Michael Patrizi - #5 Team Australia/Aussie Vineyards Atlantic driver

"They definitely made the right decision," said Patrizi.

"The track had a lot of water on it and vision was very poor. It was very dangerous out there and I think everyone was relieved when they ended it.

"I can't wait to get out there tomorrow and give it my best shot. My flight back to the UK is in the afternoon, which is lucky, because I have to get back to race next weekend in the Formula BMW UK Championship at Knockhill."

STEVE JOHNSON -- CHAMP CAR WORLD SERIES PRESIDENT

"The safety of our competitors and our fans was the major concern today," said 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."

-credit: team australia

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Series Atlantic , IndyCar
Drivers Alex Tagliani , Gilles Villeneuve , Sébastien Bourdais , Andrew Ranger , Will Power , Simon Pagenaud , James Hinchcliffe , Michael Patrizi