INDYCAR: Texas race specifics confirmed

INDYCAR: Texas race specifics confirmed


INDYCAR: Texas race specifics confirmed


The Firestone 600 at Texas Motor Speedway, which was rescheduled for Aug. 27, will resume on lap 72 and will not include Josef Newgarden and Conor Daly.

IndyCar chief steward Brian Barnhart confirmed that decision in the Friday morning drivers meeting at Road America.

“We will restart on Lap 72, per the rulebook, and unfortunately Josef and Conor will not be competing because their cars were damaged and they are officially out,” Barnhart said of the two drivers involved in a spectacular crash on Lap 41 that resulted in Newgarden suffering a broken right clavicle and broken bone in his right hand.

James Hinchcliffe is still the race leader.

The cars will be allowed to use the chassis and engine of their choice, INDYCAR said in a statement. Tire allotment and fuel quantity will be determined at a later date. 

The race will be 177 laps and include a mandatory systems check and a 25-minute practice session splitting the field into two groups for 10 minutes on Saturday afternoon. The expected green flag will be at 9:15 p.m. ET/8:15 p.m. CT.

Heavy rains pushed the originally scheduled 248-lap race from its original Saturday-night slot to Sunday, and it was delayed for 45 minutes before getting underway. After a violent crash between Josef Newgarden and Conor Daly on lap 42, the field ran behind the pace until it began pouring on lap 71, and series officials had no choice but to scrap the second effort.

Series officials opted to go back in August, they said, because of the many dedicated fans who sat through a marathon day and night at the track that Saturday.

“We could have tried to run today (June 13) or tomorrow and got to the halfway mark in front of nobody or we could come back and put on a show for the fans who supported us last weekend,”  Jay Frye, president of competition and operations for IndyCar, said the Monday after the race was called off. “I think we owe to them to run those last 177 laps.

“The fans are owed a good show and we’re going to give them one.”

Frye said at the time the series would consider reinstating 29 laps run under caution after the massive crash. 

Texas Motor Speedway will announce its plans for ticketing, credentialing and other fan-related activities in the coming weeks.


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