IRL: Pole Day 1 moved to Sunday, now Pole Day 2

IRL: Pole Day 1 moved to Sunday, now Pole Day 2

INDIANAPOLIS, May 10, 2003 - With thunder, lightning and skies dark enough to require night vision goggles, the Indy Racing League confirmed all activities at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway would be cancelled and MBNA Pole Day will commence on ...

INDIANAPOLIS, May 10, 2003 - With thunder, lightning and skies dark enough to require night vision goggles, the Indy Racing League confirmed all activities at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway would be cancelled and MBNA Pole Day will commence on Sunday instead.

The pagoda is surrounded by bad weather that causes postponing of Pole Day.
Photo by indyracing.com/Ron McQueeney.
While the first practice group were able to complete their 30-minute session in preparation for the traditional 10-lap qualifying run, group two had only ten minutes in which to tune up their racers when Billy Boat lost it coming out of Turn 4, performed a 180-degree spin and made contact with the safety attenuator at the end of the north pit wall.

Removed from his #98 Pedigo Chevrolet Dallara/Chevrolet and taken to the infield Clarian Health Care center, Boat was later transported to Methodist Hospital for observation and further evaluation. Dr. Henry Bock, medical services director for the Speedway and the Indy Racing League said the veteran driver was awake and alert.

This marks the first time in 13 years that Saturday Pole Day had been canceled due to heavy rain.

IndyCar Series officials have ordered two thirty-minute practice sessions in the morning tomorrow at 11am EDT. Official qualifying will commence at noon (1pm EDT).

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Billy Boat