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Texas Motor Speedway’s IndyCar race postponed to Sunday

A jet dryer crosses the start/finish line on Saturday after mid-afternoon showers forced the postponement of the IndyCar Firestone 600 race. It has been scheduled to the start at 1:15 p.m. on Sunday.
A jet dryer crosses the start/finish line on Saturday after mid-afternoon showers forced the postponement of the IndyCar Firestone 600 race. It has been scheduled to the start at 1:15 p.m. on Sunday. rmallison@star-telegram.com

Weather hasn’t been too kind to Texas Motor Speedway so far this racing season.

The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series’ Duck Commander 500 was delayed by more than two hours in April, and ended past midnight. And, on Saturday, IndyCar’s Firestone 600 had to be postponed to Sunday.

The race had been scheduled to begin at 7:45 p.m. on Saturday, and officials hoped it would only be an hour delay. But the delay dragged on and the decision to postpone it came down at 10:30 p.m.

The race is now scheduled for 1:06 p.m. Sunday. Tickets for Saturday’s race will be honored, and fans who can’t make the race will have a year to redeem their ticket for another race at the track (for equal or lesser value).

Tickets for Sunday’s race will be sold at Gate 4 beginning at 11 a.m. The last time a race had to be postponed at TMS was the spring 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup race.

Officials worked for hours Saturday to dry the track after heavy rainfall in the afternoon, but lack of sunshine and too much humidity made it difficult to get the track in racing conditions.

Jet dryers were used from 5 p.m. until the race was postponed.

Most drivers spent the delay doing TV interviews and then headed into the stands to sign autographs for fans who were waiting out what they thought would be a short delay.

The postponement does throw a wrinkle into three drivers’ travel plans who are expected to compete at 24 Hours of Le Mans next week in France. Scott Dixon, Sebastien Bourdais and Mikhail Aleshin were all scheduled to fly to France after Saturday’s race, but will now be scrambling to get overseas in time.

Tickets update

TMS announced that individual tickets for November’s AAA Texas 500 race weekend will go on sale at 9 a.m. Monday.

That weekend of racing, Nov. 3-6, features all three NASCAR national series racing in their respective playoff formats.

The track announced a ticket package for the AAA Texas 500 called “Sights & Sounds 2-Pack,” which features two frontstretch tickets, a scanner and two earbuds for $88.

“This price is ridiculous,” TMS president Eddie Gossage said in a statement. “I know fans will love the price and the scanner makes for a complete experience, but we really have no business giving this package away for this price. We’re really shooting ourselves in the foot with these whack prices.”

Another option for fans wanting a more all-access experience for the AAA Texas 500 is the “RaceDay University.” For $199, fans have exclusive access to Q&A sessions with drivers, hospitality food and soft drinks and stage-side access for the pre-race concert and driver introductions.

Tickets for the truck race on Friday and the XFinity Series race on Saturday start at $25.

Fans interested in tickets for the entire weekend can purchase a “Weekend 4-Pack” for as little as $109.

Tickets can be purchased at the track’s box office or website, or by calling 817-215-8500.

Drew Davison: 817-390-7760, @drewdavison

Firestone 600

1:15 p.m. Sunday, NBCSN

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