After the emergence of multiple reports that said McLaren’s Jenson Button pulled out of a recent triathlon on the Canary Islands due to a leg injury, the team has commented on the matter.
“Jenson decided not to complete the Canary Islands triathlon, but he is fit and well and has, contrary to a few rogue media reports, no injuries of any kind,” a team spokesperson has said.
“Indeed, he is driving in our simulator today and is looking forward to participating in the forthcoming Spanish Grand Prix.”
Those particular reports said that Button had completed the swimming and cycling portions of the triathlon but pulled out of the half-marathon run due to a muscle issue.
Button tweeted about the triathlon earlier this morning, but made no reference to any possible injuries.
However, on his Instagram page, he made reference to having to pull out of the running portion due to his “ITB,” or illiotibial band, acting up.
The illiotibial band is a ligament that serves to help extend, abduct, and rotate the hip, as well as provide lateral stabilization of the knee. Injuries involving the band are common among runners.
UPDATE No. 2: The INDYCAR Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama was closing in on restarting on Lap 23 or 24 before officials threw the second red flag race stoppage because of lingering puddles on the 2.3-mile Barber Motorsports Park, particularly on the front stretch. We’ll keep you updated as situations warrant.
UPDATE No. 1: The INDYCAR Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama is under a red-flag race stoppage after 19 laps due to rain and puddling on the racing surface at Barber Motorsports Park.
Cleaners and dryers are on the track to try and get some of the water off the racing surface. The low spots on the track, as well as the front stretch, have been particularly troublesome and led to several spinouts and at least two wrecks (Charlie Kimball and outside front pole sitter Will Power).
Power’s day is done after suffering irreparable damage to the left side of his car after hydroplaning on the front straight and running into the inside retaining wall.
ORIGINAL STORY FOLLOWS:
Although rain has been falling for nearly an hour and the Barber Motorsports Park 2.3-mile permanent road course is drenched, the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama is underway on NBCSN.
The start of the race was moved up from 3:38 p.m. ET to take the green flag at 3:08 p.m. ET.
Josef Newgarden is the defending winner of this race and also will start from the pole for today’s race.
While the race is scheduled for 90 laps, there’s a possibility that if the weather worsens or if lightning appears, it could potentially be shortened to just two hours.
As can be expected, all cars are on rain tires to maximize grip.
Catch the race live on NBCSN.