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Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images(TORONTO) — Stubborn rainfall forced Verizon IndyCar officials to postpone the first race of the “2 in TO” doubleheader this weekend. Now, both races will be run on Sunday for either 65 laps or 80 minutes, whichever comes first.
“I think it would have been crazy to start the race today,” said IndyCar vice president Derrick Walker. “It doesn’t look like a lot of water, but it’s enough to make a difference. We went as late as we possibly could before we called it. We thought if we could get the race started, we could have held it off because the cars would blow the water away. But the visibility was just crazy.”
Mulitple attempts were made to begin the 85-lap event at the Honda Indy Toronto. The 23 cars did run 13 laps under caption but Ryan Briscoe and Will Power crashed. What followed was a more than two hour delay before race officials ultimately chose to postpone it all.
“You can’t see on the back straightaway, so it’s a safety issue,” said IndyCar Series championship leader Helio Castroneves. “There’s a difference between being brave and being stupid, and we’re about to cross that area.”
The first race of the day will be a rolling start, beginning at 10:30 a.m., with the second being a standing start at approximately 4:15 p.m.
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Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images(INDIANAPOLIS) — Ryan Hunter-Reay fended off Helio Castroneves to win his first Indianapolis 500 Sunday.
Hunter-Reay beat Castroneves by 0.060 seconds, the second closest finish in race history, to become the first American driver to win the Indianapolis 500 since 2006.
“I’m a proud American boy, that’s for sure,” Hunter-Reay said. “I’ve watched this race since I was sitting in diapers on the floor in front of the TV. This is American history, this race, this is American tradition.”
Castroneves was trying to become the fourth driver to ever win four Indianapolis 500′s.
“It was a great fight,” Castroneves said in a cheerful voice, “I was having a great time. Unfortunately second is good but second also sucks if you know what I mean.”
Marco Andretti finished third followed by Carlos Munoz and Juan Pablo Montoya.
Kurt Busch, who is racing later in the day in the NASCAR Sprint Cup race in Charlotte, finished in sixth.
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Robert Laberge/Getty Images(INDIANAPOLIS) — Ed Carpenter took home his second straight pole for the Indianapolis 500 on Sunday.
Carpenter posted a four-lap average of 231.067 mph and was the fastest of nine qualifiers.
“It was a harder run than last year,” Carpenter said. “I knew what the average was, so I was just hanging on. I was surprised last year. Obviously, we felt good this year that we had a chance this year. But it’s all about the race.”
James Hinchcliffe will start second after being knocked out by Carpenter on the final lap. Will Power will join the two on the front row.
Three-time Indy 500 winner Helio Castroneves will be fourth followed by Simon Pagenaud and Marco Andretti.
Defending 500 champion Tony Kanaan starts 16th.
Carpenter finished 10th at last year’s Indianapolis 500 and JR Hildebrand, who drives for Ed Carpenter Racing team, also made the Fast Nine.
Hildebrand is driving the car Carpenter used to win last year’s 500 pole at 228.762 mph.
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Nick Laham/Getty Images(INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.) — Simon Pagenaud won his third career IndyCar race but took a back seat to the headlining story after a crash began the 2014 Grand Prix at Indianapolis. Pole-sitter Sebastian Saavedra’s car failed to start t…
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Elsa/Getty Images(FONTANA, Calif.) — Scott Dixon won the IndyCar Championship Saturday night, while Will Power took home the checkered flag in the final race of the year, the MAV TV 500.The 33-year-old Dixon clinched his third title and first since 20…
Elsa/Getty Images (LONG POND, Pa.) – It was a big day for Chip Ganassi Racing.
Scott Dixon led the way, winning the Pocono IndyCar 400. He was followed by Ganassi teammates Charlie Kimball and Dario Franchitti as the trio swept the podium …
Chris Graythen/Getty Images for Texas Motor Speedway(FORT WORTH, Texas) — Helio Castroneves picked up his first win of the IndyCar season on Saturday night at Texas Motor Speedway.
Castroneves led 132 laps and finished 4.7 seconds ahead of Ryan Hunter…
Chris Graythen/Getty Images(INDIANAPOLIS) — Brazilian Tony Kanaan won the 97th running of the Indianapolis 500 Sunday at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Kanaan, of KV Racing Technology, pretty much secured his first Indy 500 victory on the 198th lap unde…
Robert Laberge/Getty Images(FONTANA, Calif.) — Ryan Hunter-Reay captured the 2012 IndyCar championship Saturday night after finishing fourth in the MATV TV 500.“I just drove 500 miles for my life,” Hunter-Reay said. “ I can’t believe…
Getty Images/ Hemera(NEW YORK) — MLB: The New York Yankees (74-53) doubled up the Cleveland Indians (55-72), 4-2.
The Detroit Tigers (69-58) up-ended the Los Angeles Angels (66-62), 5-2.
The Boston Red Sox (61-67) slipped past the Kansas City Royals (…
Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images(EDMONTON, ALBERTA) — Helio Castroneves beat out Takuma Sato for his second checkered flag of the season on Sunday at Edmonton. The victory launched Castroneves into second in the points standings behind Ryan Hunter-R…
Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images(NEWTON, Iowa) — Ryan Hunter-Reay won his second race in a row at Iowa Speedway on Saturday night in the caution shortened race.
He passed Scott Dixon with 12 laps left and got the victory which pushed him into title conten…
Chris Graythen/Getty Images(FORT WORTH, Texas) — IndyCar driver Justin Wilson took home the checkered flag in Saturday night’s running of the Firestone 550 at the Texas Motor Speedway.Starting from 17th position, Wilson overtook Graham Rahal on …
Robert Laberge/Getty Images(INDIANAPOLIS) — Dario Franchitti won the 96th Indianapolis 500 on Sunday beating out his Ganassi Racing teammate Scott Dixon on the final lap.
It was an emotional day for everyone on the racetrack as the remembered last yea…