Honda Indy GP of Alabama will have 100-minute time limit (UPDATED, 5:20 p.m. ET)

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UPDATE (5:20 p.m. ET): Cars are now on pit lane and the start of today’s race is set for 5:30 p.m. ET. Additionally, INDYCAR has confirmed that the race will be a timed one at 1 hour, 40 minutes in length. Please continue to follow MST this evening for coverage of the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama.

UPDATE (4:30 p.m. ET): After initial reports on Twitter, including one from Ed Carpenter Racing, INDYCAR has confirmed that today’s Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama has been projected to start around 5 to 5:15 p.m. ET.

UPDATE (3:56 p.m. ET): Since our last update, the rain picked up considerably but now appears to have cleared up somewhat. However, the projected start time of 4 p.m. ET for today’s Verizon IndyCar Series race will certainly not hold.

Meanwhile, the water-logged conditions at the track has not stayed primarily to the course. They’ve also managed to seep into the Media Center as well.

Katie Donnar of IndyCar Communications tweeted this shot:

And with water on the floor, that means a bit of moving with all the electronics inside. Our man on the ground, Tony DiZinno, got a shot of that:

We’ll continue to keep you posted on further developments.

UPDATE (2:25 p.m. ET): Barber Motorsports Park is reporting a new projected start time of 4 p.m. ET for today’s Verizon IndyCar Series Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama.

A major downpour at the 2.37-mile circuit outside Birmingham forced INDYCAR officials to delay the start from its original time of shortly after 3 p.m. ET.

Team Penske’s Will Power is on the pole for the 90-lap race.

Rain began to fall about halfway through this afternoon’s Indy Lights race. It intensified enough to end the race four laps shy of the 40-lap distance and Barber officials have told fans to seek shelter as the storm moves through.

Coverage of today’s race will begin at the bottom of the hour on NBCSN and NBC Sports Live Extra.

MRTI: Juncos signs Carlos Cunha for Pro Mazda campaign

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Juncos Racing continued to bolster its entries in the Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires by signing Carlos Cunha to pilot a third Juncos Pro Mazda entry for 2018. Cunha, who finished third in the 2017 Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda season on the back of seven podium finishes, joins Rinus VeeKay and Robert Megennis in Juncos’ Pro Mazda lineup for 2018.

Cunha previously tested with the team at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in October and joined Juncos for the Chris Griffis Memorial test at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in November, testing cars for both the Pro Mazda and Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires teams.

“It’s great to become a part of Juncos Racing,” said the 18-year-old Cunha. “I am really excited to start the 2018 season with Juncos Racing. This fall we did some testing together and from there I was able to see how focused everyone on the team is and I even felt like I became a part of their family in no time. I am confident we will get great results together next year and I look forward to learning and growing more with the team. It will be a huge pleasure and also a great responsibility to carry the number one on my car, thanks to (2017 Pro Mazda champion Victor Franzoni) and I hope to deliver it back to the team at the end of the year!”

Team owner Ricardo Juncos added, “We are excited to add Carlos to our Pro Mazda lineup. From the moment we started testing with him in early October, we knew he would be a great fit for our team. Carlos has been very quick in testing and even had an impressive showing in the Indy Lights car at the Chris Griffis test back in October. He had a great run this past season in the Pro Mazda series and we are confident he will carry that momentum into the 2018 season.”

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