CHAMPCAR/CART: Surfers Paradise warm up report

Honda Indy 300 A very wet, incident filled session only allows two drivers to complete full laps, Christian Fittipaldi and Toranosuke Takagi. The Honda Indy 300 will take place at 2:00pm Local/EAT (Midnight ET, 04:00 UTC) Here is what ...

Honda Indy 300 A very wet, incident filled session only allows two drivers to complete full laps, Christian Fittipaldi and Toranosuke Takagi. The Honda Indy 300 will take place at 2:00pm Local/EAT (Midnight ET, 04:00 UTC)

Here is what happened:

27 min CHECKERED FLAG The session will be called early since they will be unable to clean up the track in the time remaining. There is only two times on the scoreboard since only two cars were able to complete full laps this session after a very difficult Warmup filled with red flags due to the rain.

26 min RED FLAG Franchitti is in the wall on the track. Damage to his front right.

24 min Vasser "have we even gotten a time in this session?" Team with laughter "No." It is an interesting Warmup session and the teams are trying to gather as much information as possible since this is the last time they will be on the track before the race.

21 min RED FLAG Mario Dominguez (R) (#55X) is stalled in Turn 2 after spinning. Toranosuke Takagi (#5) has spun at turn 7 and continued. Dominguez's penalty is 8 minutes and exceeds the time remaining in the session. He will be parked.

20 min Because of the installation laps and the red flags, no one but Takagi and Fittipaldi have completed a full lap. This is the reason why you are only seeing two cars on the scoreboard.

15 min RED FLAG for a report of lightning. At the same time as this, Carpentier went into the runoff in Turn 8 and continued and both Brack and Tracy spun in Turn 12 and continued.

15 min Because of the installation laps and the red flags, no one but Takagi has completed a full lap. This is the reason why you are only seeing one car on the scoreboard.

12 min Junqueira is in the runoff in Turn 8. Carpentier is also visiting Turn 8, but he is having clutch problems and is unable to turn around.

8 min RED FLAG Tracy has had light contact in Turn 6. He has stalled the car and the Simple Green Safety Team is in attendance. He will have an 8 minute penalty for causing the red.

2 min The drivers are pulling their cars into pit lane after the first lap to do an installation check. This is because last night, following qualifying, the teams changed out the engines on the cars so they have a fresh engine for the race.

1 min This is the first chance the teams have had to work on their wet setup this weekend since the last two days have been warm and sunny.

0 min As the drivers take the green flag they will be very cautious on the painted curbs as that area will be very slick.

It's currently 660F (190C) with a light rain falling on the circuit as we get ready for the morning Warmup. This is a much needed rain for the Gold Coast as they come off a very drought ridden winter.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Christian Fittipaldi , Tora Takagi , Mario Dominguez