Race set to be delayed until Monday
1 May 2011 – The São Paulo Indy 300 is expected to be postponed until Monday morning after heavy rainfall created treacherous track conditions at the Brazilian street circuit. Numerous drivers ran wide and damaged their cars when the race got underway, with the track action being postponed after a rainstorm on the ninth lap.
Hélio Castroneves was one of the first victims of the wet track surface, flying into the the wall moments before Simona de Silvestro and Danica Patrick suffered the same fate. Just before the first red flag, Ryan Hunter-Reay, Scott Dixon and Vitor Meira all fell foul of the poor weather and lack of grip, making significant contact with the wall.
Ninety minutes passed before proceedings were restarted, with the Pace Car leading the field around the 4.081-km (2.536-mi) circuit. Officials decided to let the drivers assess the grip available before possibly waving a green flag, but the weather failed to improve significantly and the race was ultimately delayed until tomorrow.