The Bosch Spark Plug Grand Prix has been postponed until Saturday May 27 after two inches of snow covered the Nazareth Speedway in Pennsylvania overnight. The PacWest Racing trucks carrying both the ...
The Bosch Spark Plug Grand Prix has been postponed until Saturday May 27 after two inches of snow covered the Nazareth Speedway in Pennsylvania overnight.
The PacWest Racing trucks carrying both the #17 Nextel PacWest Mercedes-Benz of Mauricio Gugelmin and the #18 Motorola PacWest Mercedes-Benz of Mark Blundell managed to leave the circuit by noon and will arrive back in Indianapolis around midnight.
Work to change the cars from oval to road course configuration will start around 6am tomorrow morning before they are loaded back on the team transporters for a two-day trip to California for next weekend's third round at Long Beach.
Fans will be able to watch the PacWest crews working on the cars through a live "shopcam" by logging on at www.pacwestracing.com and becoming a site member.
Championship Auto Racing Team (CART) Chief Steward Kirk Russell had no choice other than to delay the second round of the FedEx Championship Series
when the teams arrived at the track to find their equipment covered in ice and snow. Predictions of continuing snow meant that a risk of rescheduling the race to tomorrow could not be taken.
Two inches of snow coated the speedway from a storm that has constantly threatened the show since it appeared on Pennsylvania radar screens on Friday. A slow moving low-pressure system out of the Midwest, expected in Nazareth yesterday and to clear by today, paused a little too long in the Poconos, resulting in a dump of snow.
MAURICIO GUGELMIN - # 17 NEXTEL PACWEST MERCEDES-BENZ
"In all my years of racing around the world I have never arrived at the track to see it covered in snow," said Gugelmin.
"I guess it is something pretty different for everyone in the paddock."
"It is just one of those things and I guess will give people plenty to talk about.
"The last couple of days have been perfect, except for a bit of wind, and then this happens on race day.
"I am glad we will have the chance to come back and put on a show for the fans in May."
MARK BLUNDELL - # 18 MOTOROLA PACWEST MERCEDES-BENZ
"When I woke up this morning and looked out the window of my motorhome I couldn't believe it," said Blundell.
"I grew up in England so I raced on some pretty cold days, but this is a little over the top.
"I am sure it is disappointing for the fans, especially the ones who have traveled long distances, but hopefully they will come back and watch us put on a show in May."