Weather Issues Delay Motegi Race For the first time in its six-year history as an IndyCar Series event, rain and track surface moisture have forced a one-day postponement of the Bridgestone Indy Japan 300 at the Twin...
Weather Issues Delay Motegi Race
For the first time in its six-year history as an IndyCar Series event, rain and track surface moisture have forced a one-day postponement of the Bridgestone Indy Japan 300 at the Twin Ring Motegi circuit in Japan. The 200-lap race is now scheduled to run in its entirety starting at 11a.m. local time Sunday (10 p.m. Saturday EDT).
Nearly continous rain on Friday forced the cancellation of all of Friday's on-track sessions, including qualifying. The starting lineup for Saturday's Bridgestone Indy Japan 300 then was set according to team entrant points gained in the first two races this year.
The only previous postponement in Motegi's 10-year history took place in 2000, when showers on Saturday forced the race to run on Sunday, an event won by Michael Andretti.
Although the rain came to a halt early this morning, the moisture-soaked ground under the track forced water to the surface of the 1.5-mile oval, creating persistent "weepers" is several locations. Series and track workers labored throughout the day attempting to drain the water, but IndyCar officials were finally forced to postpone the race at 3 p.m. local time.
Weather forecasts call for generally improving conditions through Sunday, but a chance of rain remains in the morning hours.
For the first time in a major racing series, the hydrogen-powered Honda FCX Clarity is scheduled to serve as "Official Car" for the Indy Japan 300. Utilizing Honda's compact and efficient V Flow fuel cell stack, the Clarity will pace the 18-car starting field.