Saturday Wash Out
Hoping for the best, race officials started Saturday morning with the full intention to run the planned schedule – two 15 minute qualifying sessions, and a 20-minute afternoon race. Group 1 headed out as the first cars on course to find puddles and rivers running across many portions of the track. Turn 3 had inches of standing water and the front straight had at one point 7 various running streams.
As Group 2 made their way on track, things turned. With three wild spins and incidents, the stewards reluctantly concluded track conditions were not safe for racing and called a pause. The rain was not only constant, but getting heavier. Flaggers were called in from the stations and racing was halted with the hopes to resume at lunch.
As the 12:00 restart time approached, so did the downpours. Stewards continued to check the track, and the standing water continued to increase. Qualifying sessions were officially cancelled and the new proposed schedule was to have a single race per group in the afternoon. Some radar reports showed the clouds clearing around 1:00, so a 2:00pm tentative re-start was the new goal.
And 2:00pm came and went, and there was still rain. At this point, the front straight looked like a river. No longer were there individual streams, but everything had coalesced into one giant flow of running water. Here was the view from Josh Underwood in the T&S tower.