Mixed reactions to GTD finish at Rolex 24 (VIDEO)

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It was a barnburner of a start for the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship, and a dramatic finish in the GTD class after a penalty was assessed to the Level 5 Motorsports’ No. 555 Ferrari 458 Italia GT3 for what was deemed avoidable contact.

Markus Winkelhock, who benefited from the call in the class-winning No. 45 Flying Lizard Motorsports Audi R8, explained his vantage point in the post-race press conference. Winkelhock was racing Alessandro Pier Guidi for the win.

“An incredible last lap,” said the German. “On the exit of the corner, (Pier Guidi) tried to push me in the grass, so it was not the way to win a race. (The call was a) fair decision and I’m absolutely happy being on the podium today.”

As for the other side, unsurprisingly, Level 5’s Townsend Bell took reaction to the decision.

“There was absolutely no contact. It was the last lap of the race,” Bell said. “This guy, Alessandro, he did an amazing job. He brought the Level 5 car home for the win. But I’m gutted for him and the entire team. I just don’t understand the logic.”

Some of the tweets that came into Bell’s Twitter feed from fans or racers voiced their opinion or displeasure.

Weather prompts INDYCAR to move up start time of today’s race in Alabama

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The scheduled starting time for today’s Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama at Barber Motorsports Park has been moved up due to inclement weather in the Birmingham, Alabama area.

The command to start engines is now scheduled for 3:01 p.m. ET, rather than the previous scheduled start of 3:35 p.m. ET.

In addition, the INDY LIGHTS race, previously scheduled to start at 1 p.m. ET, saw its starting time moved up to 11:45 a.m. ET.

According to several different weather forecasts, thunderstorms are predicted for the afternoon, with some forecasts calling for up to 100 percent chance of storms.

The rain is expected to continue into the evening and on into Monday.

INDYCAR officials are monitoring the very fluid situation and further schedule adjustments could be made.

We’ll keep readers up to date on further changes here on MotorSportsTalk.