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2011 Sao Paulo IndyCar 300 (Rd 4, Red Flagged Race, May 1st)

May 1, 2011

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This evening’s IndyCar race from Sao Paulo has been postponed until tomorrow due to excessive rain at the circuit and standing water, combined with fading light.

Starting at 5.30pm (GMT), the event managed only nine laps before being red flagged – a nine-lap period that saw several pile-ups and two long cautions.

The first red flag period lasted 2-and-a-half hours, before the field was sent out for a further five laps under safety car conditions; yet as conditions reached a status quo, the event was halted and a postponement schedule was set for 1pm (GMT) tomorrow.
As the cars were brought into the pits for the last time today, Penske’s Will Power led from teammate Ryan Briscoe, Takuma Sato (KV Racing) and Ganassi pair, Graham Rahal and Dario Franchitti.

The delay allowed Versus on site man Kevin Lee to interview virtually every driver on the grid and gave the production team ample time to introduce several classic Indy 500 moments. At one point, we also got to see a corner worker scratch his buttocks vigorously.

Last year, Sao Paulo’s first IndyCar adventure also saw a prolonged red flag due to wet weather; however on that occasion, the sky cleared and race was completed later that day.

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