By: Phil Mathew
August 17, 2019 |
Due to inclement weather, the originally scheduled first practice plus qualifying were cancelled for the ABC Supply 500 at Pocono Raceway, the 14th race of the 17-round NTT IndyCar Series calendar.
Teams and drivers were ready to practice, but the medical services helicopter couldn’t land due to a low cloud ceiling which delayed the session. Eventually, teams and drivers were called back to the paddock before the rains came.
Soon after the pop-up storm, IndyCar announced qualifying was cancelled and the starting lineup would be set by entrant points. This means the top four in the points standings – Josef Newgarden, Alexander Rossi, Simon Pagenaud and Scott Dixon – will start from positions 1-4.
Rossi (2018) and Dixon (2013) have won at The Tricky Triangle, with the big three teams of Penske, Ganassi and Andretti winning all six races since the NTT IndyCar Series returned to the track in 2013.
Three of the four title protagonists came into the media center during the weather delay, but two-time Pocono winner Will Power stole the show with his humor and very specific takes on things, including saxophones.
Rossi was asked about his future bucket list race goals since he and James Hinchcliffe will be running a wild-card entry for Walkinshaw Andretti United Racing at the Bathurst 1000 in October. Dixon spoke about being responsible for purchasing school supplies for his daughters and the new age processes involved.
The only action for the NTT IndyCar Series on Saturday was a two-hour practice session which allowed all the teams an opportunity to make race runs and understand the new aero rules.
A few drivers flirted with the PJ1/Tire Dragon areas on entry for all the corners but not with all four tires. Keep an eye on this for tomorrow’s race since this may allow for additional overtaking opportunities if it can come in.
Along with the IndyCar race this weekend, the Vintage IndyCar Celebration presented by Classic Racing Times is also on the premises. Plenty of historic IndyCars, USAC cars and other open-wheel machinery are on hand to drive around track tomorrow prior to the ABC Supply 500.
Among the people seen were legendary sprint car racer Fred Rahmer, former NASCAR driver Geoffrey Bodine and former NASCAR crew chief Ray Evernham who is attempting to run 200 MPH in his special modified.
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Header image by Joe Skibinksi/INDYCAR.