The 2inT.O. weekend was supposed to have one Verizon IndyCar Series race on Saturday and one on Sunday but after Saturday's Race 1 of the Honda Indy Toronto was rained out both races will now be run on Sunday as part of a same-day doubleheader. Race 1 will go green at 10:30 a.m. ET on CNBC and Race 2 will be at 3 p.m. ET on NBCSN.
The races will be scheduled for 65 total laps or 80 minutes, whichever comes first. It will be the first same-day doubleheader since 1981 when Rick Mears won both races at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
"I think it would have been crazy to start the race," INDYCAR president of competition and operations Derrick Walker said. "It didn’t look like a lot of water but when you get out there and look it was more than enough. The other factor that happens here is you get a lot of oils coming out, when it comes out on the blacktop. It’s quite slippery and there’s a lot of water. We wanted to try to get the race in."
The 23-car field was out on the track for numerous pace laps but finally the decision was made that the track was too slippery and visibility was too poor to start the race today.
Qualifying for Race 1 was competed in dry conditions Saturday morning and Sebastien Bourdais won the pole. Race 1 will use a two-wide rolling start since they ran pace laps Saturday. Will Power will start second with Helio Castroneves third, Ryan Hunter-Reay fourth, Simon Pagenaud fifth and Tony Kanaan sixth. They made it to the Round 3 Firestone Fast Six. Starting seventh will be rookie Luca Filippi with Justin Wilson eighth, James Hinchcliffe ninth, and Ryan Briscoe tenth. Juan Pablo Montoya will start 11th, Scott Dixon 12th, Josef Newgarden 13th, Graham Rahal 14th, Takuma Sato 15th, Mike Conway 16th, rookie Carlos Munoz 17th, rookie Jack Hawksworth 18th, Sebastian Saavedra 19th, Charlie Kimball 20th, rookie Carlos Huertas 21st, rookie Mikhail Aleshin 22nd, and Marco Andretti 23rd.
Race 2 will lineup by entrant points which puts Helio Castroneves on pole for the standing start. Will Power will start second, Ryan Hunter-Reay third, Simon Pagenaud fourth, Juan Pablo Montoya fifth, Carlos Munoz sixth, Marco Andretti seventh, Scott Dixon eighth, Mike Conway ninth, and Ryan Briscoe tenth, Tony Kanaan will start 11th, James Hinchcliffe 12th, Sebastien Bourdais 13th, Mikhail Aleshin 14th, Justin Wilson 15th, Josef Newgarden 16th, Charlie Kimball 17th, Jack Hawksworth 18th, Carlos Huertas 19th, Graham Rahal 20th, Sebastian Saavedra 21st, Takuma Sato 20th, and Luca Filippi 23rd.
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Tags: Derrick Walker, Helio Castroneves, Honda Indy Toronto, IndyCar Series, Juan Pablo Montoya, Motorsports, Ryan Hunter-Reay, Scott Dixon, Sebastien Bourdais, Simon Pagenaud, Verizon IndyCar Series, Will Power