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Tonight Verizon IndyCar Series and Texas Motor Speedway Will Finish What They Started on June 11th

Excitement will unfold at tonight's IndyCar event as the race plays a pivotal role in Championship standings.

You may or may not remember back on June 11th of this year, the Verizon IndyCar series and Texas Motor Speedway were snakebit by rains and record humidity and dew point levels. The humidity and dew point levels were so high, that it made it impossible for the four jet dryers to dry the track enough for it to be safe for the drivers to go out and race at over 200mph.

 

The only way the race could have happened, would have been if Speedway President Eddie Gossage could have found some Texas-size dehumidifiers to rival “Big Hoss,“ you know, the world’s biggest TV screen. Knowing how Mr. Gossage is big on the fan having a great experience, I wouldn’t be surprised if he has not checked into the feasibility of such things since that June 11th night.


IndyCar and TMS Finish What They Started

 

So what did a few drivers do during the three-hour rain delay? Three of them (James Hinchcliffe, Josef Newgarden and Conor Daly) decided to go up into the grandstands to thank the fans for sticking out the uncontrollable situation. They shook hands, posed for pictures, and signed hats, shirts, and just about anything fans had for 30-45 minutes. I was in the stands taking pictures and listening to the comments of the fans. The comments I heard would make any PR director smile a Texas-size smile. The goodwill those three young drivers created that night for IndyCar Racing will be felt in the North Texas area for a number of years to come.


IndyCar and TMS Finish What They Started

James Hinchcliffe, driver of the SPM Arrow No. 5 Indy car signing autographs during a three-hour rain delay June 11th.

 

There was a decision made late Saturday night to postpone the race until Sunday afternoon. That would allow the humidity and dew point to get back to typical North Texas levels and then the track could be safe enough for the drivers to race and all would be well in the world.

 

That plan actually worked to perfection until a scary wreck between Josef Newgarden and Conor Daly happened just before the halfway point of the race. The wreck was so bad the IndyCar Series safety crew had to clean most of the front stretch and the TMS safety crews had to repair numerous places where the safety barriers did their job, but needed repair before the race could continue.

IndyCar and TMS Finish What They Started

Josef Newgarden, driver for the Fuzzy- sponsored number 21 racecar, signed autographs for fans during a three-hour rain delay on June 11th.

 

Credit must also be given for changes IndyCar had recently made to the car design. If the new design had not been implemented, it is quite possible IndyCar officials might have had a far worse situation on their hands than what they did.


IndyCar and TMS Finish What They Started

Josef Newgarden suffered broken right shoulder and hand after two-car crash involving Conor Daly at Texas Motor Speedway June 12th.

 

Whether it was karma, racing luck, racing strategy, or correct-preparation-meets-opportunity, who knows; but when the rains came again Sunday afternoon and the race was eventually postponed, the leader of the race was James Hinchcliffe (or shall we say "Mayor Hinchcliffe" of "Hinchtown" as he is known on his social media pages). While the other racing teams had pitted prior to the crash, Hinchcliffe was one of the last few drivers who had yet to pit; so when the yellow then eventually the red flag came out, he found himself top of the race leader board.


IndyCar and TMS Finish What They Started

James Hinchcliffe, driver of the SPM Arrow No. 5 Indy car P1 June12th when race was postponed until Saturday night August 27th.


If you remember, this is the same young driver who, the night before, was in the stands hanging out with the fans instead of watching TV or playing video games in his motor coach. He has his own inspiring story of courage, determination and grit to overcome some pretty serious injuries so he could keep his racing dreams moving forward. That's why it meant so much to the fans Saturday night when he was in the stands signing autographs. It actually brought tears to a few of his fans.


IndyCar and TMS Finish What They Started

James Hinchcliffe, Mayor of “Hinchtown” and driver of the SPM Arrow No. 5 Indy car, signed autographs during a three-hour rain delay June 11th.

 

Now when the race resumes tonight, I believe Hinchcliffe and a few others will still have to pit for fuel, so this could make for some interesting strategy come race time. Also, this race will play a pivotal role in the Championship standings, so not only will you have the excitement and drama of Hinchcliffe and a few other drivers deciding race strategy for the start of the race, but you will also have other drivers racing for those precious end-of-season championships points. It will be fast furious for sure.


IndyCar and TMS Finish What They Started

 

Details and special perks for those who want to walk up to the gate and buy tickets for tonight's race include walk-up tickets for $28.00 per adult and $10.00 for kids 12 and under. You can pick your seat because you can sit in any general admission seat on the front stretch. You can also load up the car with every kid you can find since they will get a chance to meet the drivers of these 200mph+ rocket ships at 5:30 for a special autograph session. $1.00 hot dogs, free vintage IndyCar t-shirts and race programs will also be available. Gates open at 4:00pm.

 

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