Published: Mon, April 23, 2018
Medicine | By Douglas Stevenson

Honda Indy Grand Prix sets attendance record despite rough weather

Honda Indy Grand Prix sets attendance record despite rough weather

Will Power had spun out and slammed into the inside wall. Marco Andretti was one of the early spinners, with Graham Rahal also spinning later on whilst following the safety vehicle; such was the treacherousness of the conditions on the Alabama track.

The remaining laps of the Grand Prix of Alabama will take place on Monday to try and find a victor, with 67 laps or 75 minutes left to run, after the race was stopped on lap 23 of 90. Never the less I made good progress on the short stint and I made up a few positions. It's more advantageous for us to get it in, but I didn't want to do that.

"It's just a real shame for everyone on the Verizon Chevy team", Power said.

Power's Penske teammate Josef Newgarden, the pole starter, applauded IndyCar's decision not to risk 16 more minutes to make the race official even though he could have been the biggest beneficiary.

The 2-hour limit of total race time will remain in place. The cars were all required to use Firestone weather tires, and the start was changed to a single file starting lap. He questioned the decision to put up the green flag after the first yellow caution, and "obviously the results of that was a auto hydroplaning".

For Hinchcliffe, it was perhaps wetter in the cockpit of his #5 Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda than any other drivers auto, as he, unfortunately, added his name to the list of racing drivers who have had to go to the toilet whilst in their vehicle. Most notably on a race restart on lap seventeen, race leader Josef Newgarden nearly lost control when he ran over a puddle on the start/finish straight, with his Team Penske team-mate Will Power then being sent spinning into the pit-wall seconds later.

Power's day is done after suffering irreparable damage to the left side of his auto after hydroplaning on the front straight and running into the inside retaining wall. He said on the radio: "That's it".

The start of the race was moved up from 3:38 p.m. ET to take the green flag at 3:08 p.m. ET. "Apparently, the stewards reviewed it and no action taken and I vehemently disagree with that because, when you are driving your race, especially in the wet, you have to be conscious of where the cars are".

"I always maintained that I knew at some point in my career it would happen", he quipped to NBCSN's Kevin Lee". "It's this type of track with this water level was too much to race today". "Just a tough situation".

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