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Indy 500 postponed because of extreme weather conditions; Kyle Larson may attempt ‘The Double’

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The start of the Indianapolis 500 was delayed due to a strong storm approaching the area, leading officials to evacuate 125,000 fans who had gathered for the event. The storm was expected to bring heavy rain, strong winds, and lightning, with the brunt of it set to hit right when the race was scheduled to begin. Officials were uncertain how long the delay would last but hoped to resume the race after the initial band of rain passed.

The Indianapolis Motor Speedway brought in NASCAR’s track drying equipment to help speed up the process of preparing the track for the race. If the rain persisted, the entire 200-lap race would be postponed to Monday. Kyle Larson’s plans to participate in both the Indy 500 and the Coca-Cola 600 in Charlotte were also uncertain due to the weather conditions. Larson aimed to become the fifth driver in history to complete “The Double” by running both races in the same day.

Josef Newgarden, the defending winner of the Indy 500, joined his Team Penske teammates Will Power and pole sitter Scott McLaughlin on the front row for the race. McLaughlin set a new qualifying record with an average speed of 234.220 mph. However, Newgarden and his team faced scrutiny after IndyCar discovered illegal push-to-pass software on the Team Penske cars, leading to suspensions for several team employees for the race.

Chevrolet had the speed advantage in qualifying, claiming the first eight spots on the grid. However, Honda showed competitiveness in race trim, making it difficult to predict a clear favorite for the race. Only five drivers in the history of the Indianapolis 500 have won the race in consecutive years, adding to the excitement and unpredictability of the event. The weather conditions led to uncertainty and challenges for both the officials and the participants, highlighting the unpredictable nature of racing events.

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