After waiting almost 90 minutes, INDYCAR officials determined that the track was still not suitable for racing and, with more rain forecast, made the call to postpone the completion until Monday.
Josef Newgarden has won the Indy Grand Prix of Alabama for the third time in four years. The Australian spun out on the first turn of lap 17 Sunday and slammed into the inside wall. Not so lucky was his Penske Racing teammate, Will Power, who spun and hit the inside retaining wall, ending his day. "The vehicle was working well but also was aquaplaning a lot too so I have to respect INDYCAR's decision for everyone's safety".
And that point was made in Sunday's Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama when heavy rain created rivers that ran across the track surface at Barber Motorsports Park making it simply too unsafe to race.
You can see it was getting really bad and I kept saying to Roger [Penske, team owner and Power's strategist] that I can't see a thing in front of me.
The race restarted on Lap 17 with Newgarden in the lead. We do another 14 minutes under caution, we call the thing halfway from a distance standpoint, or time standpoint, sorry, we pick up the win. It's more advantageous for us to get it in, but I didn't want to do that. I didn't think the conditions were right.
Josef Newgarden is still up front after starting on the pole followed by Sebastien Bourdais and Ryan Hunter-Reay.
The Indy Grand Prix of Alabama resumed only briefly after a 37-minute delay because of track conditions.
IndyCar is now aiming for a local 4:30pm local time restart, and will attempt to get at least a total of one hour of running. We did. Obviously the result of that was the auto hydroplaning off.
"When you're driving a race, especially in the wet, you have to be conscious of what the other cars are".
Rossi said at times he could see "absolutely nothing". He said on the radio: "That's it".
"There's definitely a lot of good American drivers now capable of winning championships and races, which is what the series needs", Power said.
Power can continue his race but IndyCar was impounding his Chevrolet overnight so the team couldn't work on it. I don't know how anyone can drive through hydroplane situations like that on the front straightaway.
Leader Josef Newgarden nearly lost his Penske-Chevrolet on the standing water on the right-side of the track, while right behind him his teammate Power lost traction, lost second to Sebastien Bourdais' Dale Coyne Racing-Honda, and then lost control.
Rookie Matheus Leist had difficulty getting started, missed the pace laps and didn't get onto the track until just before the green flag dropped. "What happened with Will was something I don't think was necessarily a driver error. I think you would have had that for the rest of the track, too".