The IRL Firestone Indy 200 was postponed last night at Gladeville, Tenn., and rescheduled for today, marking the first rainout in the IndyCar Series in seven years.
The cars made it as far as the starting grid before the rain began. The showers slowed several times, but downpours followed after workers tried to dry the track. After a delay of nearly three hours, the race at Nashville Superspeedway was rescheduled for this afternoon. It was the first rain postponement in the IndyCar Series since June 2000 at the Texas Motor Speedway.
Most of the crowd left and crews retreated to their trailers by the time officials announced the postponement.
The teams will have to shuffle their strategies for today's race. The event was scheduled to be contested in cooler night temperatures but will now likely be held in blistering midday heat on the only concrete oval of the series' 17-race schedule.
Scott Dixon is slated to start the race from the pole, followed by Dario Franchitti, Tony Kanaan and Sam Hornish Jr.
NASCAR Busch Series -- Kevin Harvick took the lead from teammate Jeff Burton with 27 laps to go, then held off Matt Kenseth to win at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Ill., yesterday.
It was the fourth victory at Chicagoland for Harvick, who won the first two Cup races there in 2001 and 2002 and won the track's Busch race in 2005.