IndyCar »

Rain postpones Marlboro 500.

Sunday's season ending Marlboro 500 at the Fontana 500 was abandoned after just 33 laps after persistent rain made any racing impossible and the event will re-start at 6pm UK time on Monday.

Heavy rain in Southern California on Sunday afternoon halted what was developing into an intriguing battle for the CART Fed-Ex title at the two-mile Fontana Superspeedway between Gil De Ferran and Adrian Fernandez.

De Ferran holds pole position as far as the Championship is concerned, as the Brazilian Team Penske driver will re-start the race in fourth position, behind Juan Montoya, Dario Franchitti and Michael Andretti. His closest title rival, Adrian Fernandez is only ninth although the Mexican had been making steady progress through the field from 14th on the grid.

What was a four way scrap for the title going into the race has already been reduced to a three way fight after Paul Tracy suffered an engine failure just shy of the 30 lap mark. The Canadian Team KOOL Green driver was running comfortably in sixth position when excess pressure in his Honda power unit caused the plenham chamber to blow, also removing the car's engine cover.

Cristiano Da Matta was unfortunate enough to run over a piece of Tracy's bodywork and the young Brazilian driver ended his PPI Motorsports career with a high speed accident into the outside wall at turn four after the debris smashed through his right front suspension.

Prior to the stoppage, the race was a typical flat out Superspeedway affair with plenty of passing and dicing for the lead. The two Team Penske Reynard-Honda's of De Ferran and Helio Castroneves headed the early going and the two drivers continued to work together and swap places for the lead as they tried to break away from the pack.

Andretti, Franchitti and Montoya all battled furiously for third while Christian Fittipaldi, Jimmy Vasser, Brack, Tracy and Patrick Carpentier all took turns at challenging the top five. Lower down the order, Team Patrick partners Roberto Moreno and Fernandez also worked together to move through the field with Moreno acting as a fuel saving buffer for his Mexican team-mate as the two Reynard-Ford's crept into the top ten.

At the moment, De Ferran holds a 16 point lead over Fernandez and a 23 point margin over Brack but with just 66 of 500 miles completed, anything can still happen.

Running order after 33 of 250 laps.

1. Juan Montoya.
2. Dario Franchitti.
3. Michael Andretti.
4. Gil De Ferran.
5. Jimmy Vasser.
6. Kenny Brack.
7. Tony Kanaan.
8. Max Papis.
9. Adrian Fernandez.
10. Alex Tagliani.
11. Roberto Moreno.
12. Oriol Servia.
13. Patrick Carpentier.
14. Christian Fittipaldi.
15. Memo Gidley.
16. Mark Blundell.
17. Mauricio Gugelmin.
18. Helio Castroneves.
19. Casey Mears.
20. Tarso Marques.
21. Michel Jourdain Jr.
22. Shinji Nakano +1 lap.
23. Alex Barron +1 lap.
24. Paul Tracy OUT – Engine Failure.
25. Cristiano Da Matta OUT - Accident.
26. Luiz Garcia Jr OUT - Mechanical.



Related Pictures

Click on relevant pic to enlarge
The championship rivals pose with the Vanderbilt Cup
Scott Dixon, driver of the #9 Degree Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet V6 IndyCar, raced to a sixth-place finish Saturday, June 27, 2015, in the Verizon IndyCar Series race at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California. (Photo by Phillip Abbott/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Sage Karam, driver of the #8 Comfort Revolution/Big Machine Records Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet V6 IndyCar, races to a fifth-place finish Saturday, June 27, 2015, in the Verizon IndyCar Series race at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California. (Photo by Perry Nelson/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Juan Pablo Montoya, driver of the #2 PPG Automotive Refinish Team Penske Chevrolet V-6 IndyCar, races to a fourth-place finish Saturday, June 27, 2015, in the Verizon IndyCar Series race at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California. (Photo by Perry Nelson/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Tony Kanaan, driver of the #10 NTT Data Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet IndyCar V6 races to a second-place finish Saturday, June 27, 2015, in the Verizon IndyCar Series race at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California.  (Photo by Perry Nelson/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Simon Pagenaud, driver of the #22 Penske Truck Rental Team Penske Chevrolet V-6 IndyCar, celebrates capturing the pole position during qualifying Friday, June 26, 2015, for Saturday`s Verizon IndyCar Series race at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California. (Photo by Phillip Abbott/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Simon Pagenaud, driver of the #22 Penske Truck Rental Team Penske Chevrolet V-6 IndyCar, celebrates capturing the pole position during qualifying Friday, June 26, 2015, for Saturday`s Verizon IndyCar Series race at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California. (Photo by Phillip Abbott/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Simon Pagenaud, driver of the #22 Penske Truck Rental Team Penske Chevrolet V-6 IndyCar, qualifies fastest Friday, June 26, 2015, capturing the pole position for Saturday`s Verizon IndyCar Series race at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California. (Photo by Phillip Abbott/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Luca Filippi, driver of the #20 Fuzzy`s Vodka CFH Racing Chevrolet V-6 IndyCar, races to a second-place finish Sunday, June 14, 2015 during the Verizon IndyCar Series race through the streets of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Fillip`s teammate, Josef Newgarden, driver of the #67 Hartman Oil CFH Racing Chevrolet V-6, won the race. (Photo by Phillip Abbott/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Josef Newgarden, driver of the #67 Hartman Oil CFH Racing Chevrolet V-6 IndyCar, celebrates his victory Sunday, June 14, 2015 after winning the Verizon IndyCar Series race through the streets of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Newgarden`s teammate, Luca Filippi, driver of the #20 Fuzzy`s Vodka CFH Racing Chevrolet V-6, finished second. (Photo by Phillip Abbott/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Josef Newgarden, driver of the #67 Hartman Oil CFH Racing Chevrolet V-6 IndyCar, takes the chequered flag Sunday, June 14, 2015 to win the Verizon IndyCar Series race through the streets of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Newgarden`s teammate, Luca Filippi, driver of the #20 Fuzzy`s Vodka CFH Racing Chevrolet V-6, finished second. (Photo by Michael L. Levitt/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Josef Newgarden, driver of the #67 Hartman Oil CFH Racing Chevrolet V-6 IndyCar, races to victory Sunday, June 14, 2015 winning the Verizon IndyCar Series race through the streets of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Newgarden`s teammate, Luca Filippi (rear), driver of the #20 Fuzzy`s Vodka CFH Racing Chevrolet V-6, finished second. (Photo by Phillip Abbott/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Luca Filippi and Josef Newgarden celebrate with the CFH Racing team after finishing 1-2 in the Honda Indy Toronto (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Juan Pablo Montoya, driver of the #2 PPG Automotive Refinish Team Penske Chevrolet V-6 IndyCar, qualifies third-fastest Saturday, June 13, 2015 for Sunday`s Verizon IndyCar Series race through the streets of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Phillip Abbott/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Simon Pagenaud, driver of the #22 PPG Avaya Team Penske Chevrolet V-6 IndyCar, qualifies second-fastest Saturday, June 13, 2015 for Sunday`s Verizon IndyCar Series race through the streets of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Phillip Abbott/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Will Power, driver of the #1 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet V-6 IndyCar, qualifies fastest Saturday, June 13, 2015 capturing the pole position for Sunday`s Verizon IndyCar Series race through the streets of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Power will start in the front row with teammate Simon Pagenaud, driver of the #22 Avaya Team Penske Chevrolet V-6 IndyCar. (Photo by Phillip Abbott/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Will Power, driver of the #1 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet V-6 IndyCar, celebrates after qualifying fastest Saturday, June 13, 2015 capturing the pole position for Sunday`s Verizon IndyCar Series race through the streets of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Power will start in the front row with teammate Simon Pagenaud, driver of the #22 Avaya Team Penske Chevrolet V-6. (Photo by Michael L. Levitt/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Scott Dixon, driver of the #9 Energizer Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet V6 IndyCar, celebrates his victory with teammate Tony Kanaan Saturday, June 6, 2015, after winning the Verizon IndyCar Series Firestone 600 race at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Texas. Canaan, driver of the #10 NTT Data Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet finished in second-place. (Photo by Russell LaBounty/LAT for Chevy Racing)

Start the conversation - Add your comment

Please login or register before adding your comments.

Although the administrators and moderators of this website will attempt to keep all objectionable comments off these pages, it is impossible for us to review all messages. All messages express the views of the poster, and neither Crash Media Group nor Crash.Net will be held responsible for the content of any message. We do not vouch for or warrant the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any message, and are not responsible for the contents of any message. If you find a message objectionable, please contact us and inform us of the problem or use the [report] function next to the offending post. Any message that does not conform with the policy of this service can be edited or removed with immediate effect.




© 1999 - 2015 Crash Media Group

The total or partial reproduction of text, photographs or illustrations is not permitted in any form.