Hotlanta morphs into Wetlanta: Rain postpones NHRA Southern Nationals eliminations to Monday

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Mother Nature was not a fan of NHRA drag racing on Sunday, as nearly day-long showers forced the postponement of the final eliminations of the 34th annual Summit Racing Equipment Southern Nationals until Monday.

After an eight-hour rain delay, NHRA officials began final eliminations in the Top Fuel category, getting through five pairs of racers, only to stop because track conditions were becoming too treacherous to race upon due to rapidly falling temperatures.

“Track conditions were challenging after the day long rain in the area,” said Graham Light, NHRA senior vice president, racing operations. “The NHRA Safety Safari worked hard to bring racing conditions around, but we decided to postpone until (Monday). We will scrape the starting line overnight like we do prior to the event and prepare it for racing on Monday.”

As a result, the Mello Yello Drag Racing Series pro categories will resume at 10 a.m. ET on Monday with the conclusion of the first round of Top Fuel, followed by Funny Car, Pro Stock and Pro Stock Motorcycle.

Shawn Langdon, Steve Torrence, Clay Millican, Spencer Massey and Pat Dakin were first round winners in Top Fuel. Monday’s Top Fuel racing will resume with Doug Kalitta facing 82-year-old Chris Karamesines in their first round pairing.

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Plans revealed for upgraded Circuit Gilles Villeneuve pit complex

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Plans for the upgraded pit and paddock complex at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal, Canada, have been unveiled ahead of their completion in time for the 2019 Formula 1 race.

The Canadian Grand Prix signed a new long-term F1 contract running to 2029 earlier this year, with a commitment to improving the outdated pit facilities at the circuit, built in 1988.

In a press conference earlier this week, further details and artist renderings were revealed for the CA$48 million project by the Société Parc Jean‑Drapeau.

A new glass structure will become the main pit complex, covering three levels to accommodate the teams, media and hospitality guests.

The construction work will commence at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in July 2018 – one month after next year’s Canadian Grand Prix – and be completed two months prior to the 2019 race.

Photo: Société du parc Jean‑Drapeau
Photo: Société du parc Jean‑Drapeau