The race was originally intended to be run on Saturday night, however rain postponed the race until Sunday afternoon. Carlos Munoz led the 22-car field to green at 2:48 p.m., however the Colombian’s wouldn’t be able to enjoy the fruits of his first IndyCar career pole for very long.
By Lap 71, rain had descended on the 1.45-mile Texan circuit, forcing IndyCar officials to red flag the race. Schmidt Peterson Motorsports’ James Hinchcliffe was leading the race when the stoppage was declared.
“We certainly want to come back and have a full race for the fans here in Texas,” said IndyCar president Jay Frye. “The people at TMS do a great job, so what we will do, per our rulebook, is start the race from where we stopped. So we will come back and start the race from that point.
“This is unique. It hasn’t happened for a little while, but there are a lot of unique things here and we’ll look forward to coming back Aug. 27.”
Conor Daly and Josef Newgarden were involved in a bad wreck that brought out the shortened race’s only caution. Daly’s No. 18 Jonathan Byrd’s Hospitality Honda spun on the exit of Turn 4 and collector Newgarden’s No. 21 Fuzzy’s Vodka Chevrolet, sending Newgarden’s car sliding upside down into the SAFER barrier.
The Firestone 600 will get back underway on August 27th. The Verizon IndyCar Series heads to Road America in Elkhart Lake, WI next for the Kohler Grand Prix on the weekend of June 24th.