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.

Kubica, di Resta complete Williams F1 tests in Hungary

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Robert Kubica and Paul di Resta have both completed one-day tests for Williams in a 2014-spec Formula 1 car as part of the team’s evaluation for its 2018 line-up.

Williams is known to be considering a number of drivers to partner Lance Stroll at the team next year, including existing racer Felipe Massa.

Massa is thought to be going up against Kubica and di Resta for the 2018 drive, with the latter duo taking part in a private test at the Hungaroring in Budapest this week to aid the team’s evaluation.

After missing out on a 2018 Renault drive due to lingering questions about his physical condition six years after his rally accident, Kubica tested for Williams at Silverstone last week before getting back behind the wheel of the 2014 FW36 car in Hungary on Tuesday.

Kubica’s test was called “productive” by Williams, with the Pole handing duties over to Mercedes DTM racer di Resta on Wednesday.

Di Resta raced in F1 with Force India between 2010 and 2013 before returning to DTM, but made a surprise return at this year’s Hungarian Grand Prix with Williams when Massa was taken ill. Di Resta impressed on short notice, putting himself in contention for a full-time return to F1 in 2018.

Williams has one of the few remaining seats on offer in F1 for 2018, with Massa’s future known to be in question after a quiet campaign thus far.

The Brazilian had been due to retire from F1 at the end of last year, only for Williams to recall him after Valtteri Bottas’ late move up to Mercedes following Nico Rosberg’s surprise retirement.

Massa has made clear he would like to keep racing in F1 next year, but only if the deal is right and if Williams is determined to keep him.

While Massa, Kubica and di Resta appear to be the three leading contenders for the seat, Williams technical chief Paddy Lowe made clear in Japan there was a “large range” of drivers under consideration.

“You’ve probably seen a number of names that are floating around that we’re looking at, but honestly, the range is almost unlimited,” Lowe said.

“We will consider all ideas. We’re not in a super hurry to do so, and we’ll just make sure we land the best line-up we can.”