The IZOD IndyCar Series has given up on practice at the new airfield circuit in the face of persistent, torrential rain on Friday.
The rain started last night and was continuous throughout the day, causing standing water on the track that made it impossible for cars to run safely. The cancellation of practice was especially problematic since it denied drivers and engineers the chance to gain experience of the newly designed 2.256-mile, 13-turn Edmonton City Centre Airport temporary street circuit. There will be a practice session at 11:40 a.m. ET on Saturday morning, with qualifying set for 5:30 p.m. ET.
“It is unfortunate that we were not able to get some laps on the new track, but it is the same for everyone," said KV Racing's EJ Viso. “We literally are all in the same boat. It looks like it's going to be an interesting circuit. I think the changes they have made look good – but until we run some laps we just won't know.”