The surprise weekend of the 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series season is finally here. When the green flag dropped on the season in mid-March, all indications were that the series would be running the streets of Boston this weekend. We all know the questions that surrounded that event before it finally fell through at the end of April.
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At the time, I was unaware of the irony. During the rain-delay at Pocono last Sunday, my friend Paul Dalbey and I made the short trek down to Nazareth, Pennsylvania. Yes, we were tourists and found the homes of Mario and Marco Andretti; but the main purpose of our visit was to check out the now-defunct Nazareth Speedway.
After a Saturday night in June in which the Verizon IndyCar Series failed to turn a lap, a Sunday afternoon that saw not a whole lot of action until one of the biggest stars in the series was involved in a frightening crash just before the skies opened up – the Firestone 600 at Texas Motor Speedway finally resumed seventy-six days later. It was well worth the wait.
One of the more unique set of circumstances in IndyCar history will take place tomorrow night as the Verizon IndyCar Series returns to Texas Motor Speedway to finish what it started two and a half months ago. The resumption of a race that much later is something I don’t think has ever happened before. I know that it’s something that I’ve never seen before in my adult lifetime.
There is really no way to know how this race looked on television, but it was spectacular in person. Like all five hundred mile races, there was that lull around the halfway point – but what a finish!
For the third day in a row – welcome to Pocono Raceway. The skies are blue with puffy clouds. It is a brisk 64-degrees, but it is very windy. Winds are supposed to be 15-knots out of the north, with gusts up to 25-knots – not ideal conditions for cars going 220 mph.
By now you’ve probably heard that the ABC Supply 500 has been postponed until Monday at noon and will be shown live on NBCSN. Trust me, it wasn’t a tough decision to make. It started spitting rain around noon and it set in for good around 1:30. So an earlier starting time would not have made any difference.