IndyCar Racing
Carnage, Then Rain Delay
By Andrew Cutler
May 1 2011 photo

The Sao Paulo Indy 300 was red flagged after just fifteen carnage-filled laps of the scheduled seventy-five had been run. A heavy rain storm parked itself over  the course just prior to the start, making for miserable conditions in regards to both traction and, for those in the back, visiblity.

This one-two punch put alot of cars out of the event early. The red flag first came out after Lap 9, lasting for just under 2 & 1/2 hours: Teams were allowed to try and repair their cars during this time. The race restarted under a yellow flag, but INDYCAR president of competion Brain Barnhardt pulled the plug five laps later when it became obvious that track conditions were not going to improve.

Helio Castroneves, Simona de Silvestro, Danica Patrick, Vitor Meria and Ryan Hunter-Reay all tagged the wall or another car in the few laps that were run: Several others spun without hitting anything.

The race will restart on Lap 15 Monday morning at 8am ET/1pm GMT. The Versus broadcast network will carry it live.