Toronto opener shortened, still red flagged

Toronto opener shortened, still red flagged

19 July 2014 – After several aborted starts, IndyCar officials announced that the opening race at Toronto will now be shortened by 20 laps, from 85 to 65. Should the race be a timed event, the maximum allowed will be 90 minutes as opposed to the original two hours.

Rain began to intensify shortly before the scheduled green flag, prompting IndyCar to run extra laps behind the Safety Car. Feedback from drivers indicated that visibility was too low for a safe start, so President of Competition and Operations Derrick Walker red flagged the first race in the Toronto doubleheader weekend.

The cars were eventually sent back out after roughly 20 minutes, but conditions had not improved. Ryan Briscoe understeered into the same wall as last year (when he broke his wrist), but he was able to continue. Shortly thereafter the Pace Car, driven by Indianapolis 500 winner Arie Luyendyk, spun out and slid into the runoff.

Without a Safety Car to lead the field, Sebastien Bourdais attempted to see the green flag, but behind him, Will Power lost control and hit the fronstretch wall. It looked as though he would go several laps down, but the race remained under yellow (and thus not officially begun) before it was again red flagged over an hour after its scheduled start.

His car is back together following a 23-minute repair of the left front and rear suspension by his Penske team. He will start at the back of the pack.

Now over two hours after the scheduled start time, IndyCar will next provide an update on conditions at 19:00 local time (-5 GMT), with the intention still being to get the race in tonight.

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