IndyCar Series: Wet and Wild Sao Paulo Race Postponed Until Monday

No NameAnalyst IMay 1, 2011

Race postponed due to rain
Race postponed due to rain

Sunday's Indy 300 at Sao Paulo has been postponed until Monday.

After last year's race at Sao Paulo, there was work done on the track to help drain some of the standing water. While the work did help, there was no way to drain all of the water that fell during today's event.

The rain began falling just minutes before the race, which just added fuel to the fire that is turn one in Sao Paulo. Five cars were knocked out of contention for the race win just seconds after the green flag dropped. Helio Castroneves, Tony Kanaan, Ryan Hunter-Reay, Danica Patrick and Simona De Silvestro were all very frustrated after their days were ended early.

Castroneves, Patrick and Silvestro got piled up in the middle of the treacherous Turn 1. Kanaan got bumped around and had major suspension damage. He also had a significant injury to his hand, but told reporters that he would get back out and race the car if they were able to get it fixed, even if his hand was broken. The doctors cleared him to go back racing, saying his hand was just swollen.

Ryan Hunter-Reay started in second place, yet couldn't get the car to turn when the green flag was waved and tried to cut off-course, yet apparently didn't see the giant wall of tires covered in red tarp.

While it was difficult to say who was to blame for the first accident, it was going to happen. It was an inevitable situation, especially with the rain.

Things didn't go much better after the next restart. Scott Dixon spun coming out of Turn 1, which also caused teammate Dario Franchitti to spin as well. The rain really started coming down, as more and more drivers kept spinning out. Vitor Meira, Ryan Hunter-Reay, Graham Rahal, Sebastian Bourdais and JR Hildebrand all had issues spinning out as the rain kept pounding. Finally, on Lap 10, the race was red-flagged because of standing water on the track.

Unfortunately for the series, the rain really put a damper on what should have been a fantastic race. Unlike some road courses, the course in Sao Paulo is a high-speed venue that features many long straightaways. If they could ever get a dry race in, it would be one of the best races to watch on the schedule.

They tried to go back to racing after more than a two-and-a-half hour delay, but the conditions just weren't good enough to race. On the pace laps you could tell how much water was being kicked up, and the rain was still falling. The drivers called the conditions "terrible" on the back stretch, and it was determined that it wasn't safe enough to resume the race.

The race will be postponed until Monday, where a 8:00 am start time has been assigned.


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