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Rainguard 600 IndyCar practice on hold due to, yes, rain

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The whole point of getting Rainguard Water Sealers as the new title sponsor for the Verizon IndyCar Series’ annual trip to Texas Motor Speedway was to see rain go away from the 1.455-mile track in Fort Worth, as it hit a lot of last year.

But, the weather gods have a good sense of humor and decided to bucket down rain anyway this morning, which delayed both flights into Dallas-Fort Worth and on-track activity itself ahead of the Rainguard Water Sealers 600.

Practice one, initially scheduled from 10 to 11:15 a.m. CT and local time, is on a weather hold. Qualifying is meant to roll off at 2:15 p.m. CT and local time (3:15 p.m. ET) with NBCSN’s qualifying coverage on at 3:30 p.m. ET, following second free practice for the Formula 1 Canadian Grand Prix. A final 30-minute practice is set from 5:45 to 6:15 p.m. CT tonight.

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and SPEED Energy Stadium Super Trucks action is also on the weekend docket at TMS.

Stay tuned to and the @IndyCarOnNBCSN Twitter page for further updates.

UPDATE: Here’s the updated schedule, at 1:15 p.m. ET:

The qualifying order for IndyCar is linked below.

Audi bids farewell to Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich upon retirement

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Audi bid farewell to its iconic head of motorsport, Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich, at its end-of-season ‘Race Night’ event in Germany on Friday upon his retirement.

Ullrich took over the reins as Audi’s head of motorsport in 1993 and stayed in the role for 23 years, overseeing its arrival in the prototype class of sports car racing and domination of the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

Ullrich stepped down from the position at the end of 2016, handing the reins over to ex-Audi DTM chief Dieter Gass, and attended his final racing event with the German marque at its first works Formula E outing in Hong Kong earlier this month.

Ullrich was honored at the Race Night event on Friday and thanked for his efforts in developing Audi into a force within global motorsport.

“In 566 factory-backed commitments during this period he celebrated 209 victories, 13 of them in the 24 Hours of Le Mans, eleven in the 12-hour race at Sebring and nine in the ‘Petit Le Mans’ at Road Atlanta,” a piece on Ullrich’s tenure for Audi’s website reads.

“31 driver titles in super touring car racing, in the DTM and in the sports prototype category are credited to him. 57 campaigners were Audi factory drivers during Wolfgang Ullrich’s era and he was responsible for 18 new developments of racing cars – an impressive tally.”