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Pennsylvania's Pocono Raceway can't catch a break

SCOTT WALSH
(Scranton) Times-Tribune (TNS)

LONG POND — Pocono Raceway simply cannot catch a break with the weather.

Both of the track’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races this year were rained out and held the next day. Now, its Verizon IndyCar Series event has suffered the same fate. Sunday’s ABC Supply 500 was postponed by rain and rescheduled for Monday at noon. It will be televised by NBCSN.

People walk in the rain in the garage area at Pocono Raceway before the scheduled Pocono IndyCar 500 auto race Sunday in Long Pond, Pa. The race was postponed due to the rain until Monday.

Precipitation started shortly after noon and gradually got heavier as the race’s 3 p.m. start time approached. Driver introductions took place at 2:27 p.m. With the radar showing no end to the rain until this evening, IndyCar officials called the race at 2:57 p.m. Pocono is a track that does not have lights.

It is the second time this season rain has affected an IndyCar event. The race at Texas in June was halted after 71 laps. It is scheduled to resume Aug. 27. Prior to that, the last IndyCar race to be postponed was the first of the doubleheader races at Toronto on July 19, 2014. It was held the next day along with the second race of the twinbill.

This is the first time in 23 IndyCar races at Pocono that a race was postponed and moved to Monday. The track hosted the series from 1971 to 1989. It returned after a 23-year absence in 2013.