CHAMP CAR GRAND PRIX OF MONTREAL POSTPONED BY RAIN, WILL BE RUN ON MONDAY MONTREAL (August 27, 2006) -- Due to the day-long rains that plagued the Montreal area on Sunday, today's Champ Car Grand Prix of Montreal, Round 11 of the Bridgestone ...
CHAMP CAR GRAND PRIX OF MONTREAL POSTPONED BY RAIN, WILL BE RUN ON MONDAY
MONTREAL (August 27, 2006) -- Due to the day-long rains that plagued the Montreal area on Sunday, today's Champ Car Grand Prix of Montreal, Round 11 of the Bridgestone Presents The Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford, was postponed until Monday.
The rains caused the 72-lap Champ Car Grand Prix of Montreal to be red-flagged after just six laps, while the Yokohama Presents The Champ Car Atlantic Championship Powered by Mazda race was halted by a downpour after just one lap. The weather prevented either race from restarting and the Champ Car World Series, along with management from the Grand Prix of Montreal, announced that it would postpone the event and pick up the race again on Monday.
"The safety of our competitors and our fans was the major concern today," said Champ Car President Steve 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."
Both races will resume at the point where they were halted on Sunday, with A.J. Allmendinger (#7 Indeck Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone) leading ahead of polesitter Sebastien Bourdais (#1 McDonald's Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone) after six laps. Polesitter James Hinchcliffe (#3 Emexis/INDECK Forsythe Championship Racing) will lead the Atlantic championship event when it resumes on Lap 3.
The Atlantic event will resume at 8:20 a.m. with the Champ Car race resuming at 10 a.m. Fans that held tickets to today's race at Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve will be admitted to the grounds while ticket offices will also be open in the morning.
"We are pleased that we are able to resume the races Monday and are grateful that we are able to put together a great event for our fans," said President of the Grand Prix of Montreal Alan Labrosse. "We hope that the fans that had to work Sunday will be able to come out Monday because they will see a great show."
This is the first time that a Champ Car race has been postponed by rain since the 2000 season, when the event at California Speedway was rained out on Sunday and resumed on Monday.
The continuation of both races will be available with timing and scoring and a limited video feed via the Race Director feature on www.champcar.ws. The service for both races will be free to all fans.