CHAMPCAR/CART: Rain hits Miami forcing changes

MIAMI (October 5, 2002) - With the streets of Miami looking more like the Miami River than a downtown thoroughfare the Trans-Am Series has been forced to set the grid for Sunday's race by championship points. Championship Auto Racing Teams, ...

MIAMI (October 5, 2002) - With the streets of Miami looking more like the Miami River than a downtown thoroughfare the Trans-Am Series has been forced to set the grid for Sunday's race by championship points. Championship Auto Racing Teams, scheduled to qualify after the Trans-Am Series, has canceled their afternoon practice session and will likely have to rely on Friday's provisional times.

Five minutes before Trans-Am qualifying was to get underway the skies opened, completely drenching the narrow 1.387-mile circuit. After quickly assessing the situation, Trans-Am's Chief Steward Terry Dale declared the official qualifying session as a timed-practice session.

Only three Trans Am cars took to the circuit.

As of 1:36 p.m. EDT, the rains have stopped and several CART teams have reported to the circuit. A spin by Dario Franchitti in his first lap has put the circuit under black flag conditions.

Check back for further updates.

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Series IndyCar , Trans-Am
Drivers Dario Franchitti