Grip Levels Played Havoc At GMR Grand Prix In Indy, Even The Storm Fell Apart

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(INDIANAPOLIS, IN) – The GMR Grand Prix was a tale of rapidly changing weather and track conditions, and tire strategy- the race was chaotic from beginning to end.  Fans noted that this IndyCar race was so different from any other race they had watched on any circuit.

Second yellow was Contact with Alexander Rossi and Jack Harvey sent the two-time winner this year for a spin and sent the track under yellow again.

There was a flying restart by Herta to gain back his 3-second lead. Herta got out ahead of what happened next to Rinus Veekay.

The sky turned dark. Winds were starting to increase and the storms started rolling in while under the third yellow.

The weather was changing and giving the drivers and announcers a distraction.

“Quick note that today’s #IndyGP is 85 laps or 120 minutes, whichever comes first. If we keep having lots of yellows, it might be a timed event. So far, 18m of green and 19m of yellow. #IndyCar,” Marshall Pruett reported.

Rossi had restarted earlier and then it was announced Newgarden would re-enter about 13 laps down, but able to get some more points for Penske- as the race with a warning that severe weather was 30-40 mins out and could cause a pause in the race if they hadn’t completed the half way mark by the time the weather closed everything down.

Fourth Yellow

Scott Dixon stalled in Pit row, as he ran out of gas, and had to be pushed into spot by his crew.

Fifth yellow

The rain strikes. Pato spins, and makes contact with Felix. 

Around lap 44 of 85, the weather started to get crazy,  announcers said that as it was getting very windy, it was raining on front stretch but the backstretch was almost dry.

The sun came out as teams scrambled to figure out which tires to use.

Grosjean went from 5 to 12, after getting pushed back on hard by Harvey.  Notably, it happened after earlier in the month-when Grosjean had a dust-up with Graham Rahal.  Harvey may have been “a little wide- with elbows out”- as the announcers called it- but it might be turnaround is fair play- too.

Race goes from a lapped race to a timed race as it was announced that Jack Harvey would get a penalty for “avoidable contact” with Grosjean earlier.

Pat O'Ward spun under caution, on a soaking wet track, and dropped from the second to the fourth position.

With 6 mins left, pressuring building. Spray coming off the cars almost hid all the cars from view from behind the leader, the track was so wet.

Colton Herta led with 3 mins left. and one min left of the race, the tracks go under yellow for Montoya.

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