Wow! Rain races are fun. I just love seeing things mixed up a bit. No Penske parade today and I love that.
So no pre race show which stinks especially after Indy but it’s ABC. Whatever. Booth was talking about how great Montoya is in the rain but it was Takuma Sato I had my eye on and by lap three Sato was leading. Yellow flag came out when Rodolfo Gonzalez brushed the wall. Race went green for a couple laps but then Stefano Coletti takes out James Jakes, Tony Kanaan and Graham Rahal. Poor Graham had no where to go and ran right into TK. Graham was out but Jakes and eventually TK were able to continue.
And then Marco Andretti decided to switch to slick tires. I thought he was nuts. It seemed way to early but it turned out to be a great decision. Well a great decision for Marco, Charlie Kimball also went to slicks and then he hit the wall. Hard. At that point everyone went in for slicks and Marco claimed first place. Will Power had trouble in the pits and lost five spots. Sato drops to eighth.
More action on track as Sato and Josef Newgarden make contact. Tristan Vautier was in the tire barrier. Then a very odd move by Sage Karam blocking Sato. It was so deliberate. Sage received a drive through penalty for it.
Scott Dixon made the first move to go back to rain tires under yellow but it hadn’t started raining yet. It wasn’t the right move. He tore up the tires long before the rain started.
Just as green flag was starting Conor Daly made contact but he immedietly ducked into the pits and kept the track from going yellow. Crushed for Conor but what I great move. Not sure what exactly happened and how he faired.
Next Marco had trouble with his gears possibly and lost several positions. He made them up as others went in for rain tires. Marco made his own rules as he stayed out on slicks for quite awhile. Marco did have to come in for fuel and changed to rain tires at that time. He made up a lot of time. Carlos Munoz did the same and then some and took over the lead.
Then the rain with lightning came followed by the red flag. Because the race was more than half over it could be a completed race but IndyCar officials waited about 15 minutes before making that call. I agree with the red flag and I probably agree with not continuing the race. I do wish though that the decision was made to end the race early without the red flag. Then it would have been a bit more exciting when Carlos Munoz was declared winner. It was very anticlimactic watching the cars sit wondering if Munoz won or if Marco would be given a chance to try and claim the victory. Guess the good thing is we get to do it all over again Sunday. Praying the weather cooperates a bit more then.