Texas Motor Speedway

IndyCar race in another delay at Texas Motor Speedway

Rain has forced multiple delays for the IndyCar race at Texas Motor Speedway.
Rain has forced multiple delays for the IndyCar race at Texas Motor Speedway. rmallison@star-telegram.com

Rain has started falling again at Texas Motor Speedway, causing another delay of the Firestone 600.

The IndyCar race had been scheduled for 7:45 p.m. Saturday, but heavy rainfall in the afternoon made it too difficult to dry the track in a timely manner. The race was postponed at 10:30 p.m. Saturday.

Today’s race had been scheduled to start at 1:06 p.m., but the track needed additional time to get it in racing conditions. The race didn’t get underway until 1:49 p.m.

At 2:42 p.m., though, more rain started to fall and the race had to be red-flagged. Drivers had completed 71 laps by the time of delay, and 125 laps is needed to make the 248-lap race official.

A scary incident happened early in the race involving drivers Conor Daly and Josef Newgarden.

Coming out of Turn 4, Daly’s car got loose and turned hard into Newgarden’s and pushed it into the wall. Newgarden got upside down and went hard into a SAFER barrier wall.

Both drivers managed to get themselves out of their cars after the crash. Daly walked off under his own power, while Newgarden went down just outside of it. Newgarden had to be stretchered off and taken to the infield care center in an ambulance.

Newgarden was then transported by air to Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas. IndyCar officials said Newgarden had to be evaluated further for right shoulder and right wrist injuries. Newgarden waved to the crowd as he entered the ambulance.

The accident occurred on Lap 42 of the race.

Daly called it a “rookie mistake” and took blame for the accident.