IndyCar’s Texas race rescheduled for August 27

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The Firestone 600 at Texas Motor Speedway, Round 9 of the Verizon IndyCar Series season, is set to continue for yet another day.

Except that day will be in another month, in August.

INDYCAR and the track confirmed late Sunday that the race will be rescheduled for August 27, rather than stretched into Monday. Poor weather and a heavy test slate coming up have prompted the decision. Tickets from this weekend’s race will be honored in August.

This will now run the Saturday after Pocono Raceway, which had been IndyCar’s only scheduled August race, on August 21.

Here’s details of the event as they’re being revealed at TMS, via track president Eddie Gossage and INDYCAR president of competition and operations, Jay Frye:

The event had been going for four days, starting with setup on Thursday, then practice and qualifying on Friday, the rainout on Saturday and then the first 71 laps completed today on Sunday, before the race was postponed once again.

The race will resume from the point of where they left off today, following a single practice session. Meanwhile Conor Daly and Josef Newgarden, who crashed out today, will be given a chance to rejoin the race but as many laps down as they were at the red flag (see above tweets from my colleague Daniel McFadin).

At a 248-lap race distance, the race needs to get to at least Lap 125 to go past the halfway mark and be declared an official race.

It was already a tight logistical time frame for the teams to begin with with the schedule what it was. Then with testing taking place at Road America on Wednesday – most teams are scheduled to test at the 4.048-mile road course – any delay only added to the strain.

Additionally of note, three full-time IndyCar drivers (Scott Dixon, Sebastien Bourdais and Mikhail Aleshin) plus NBCSN IndyCar analyst and Indianapolis 500 veteran Townsend Bell have to get to Le Mans, France where they are scheduled to compete in the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Dixon and Bourdais will be in two of the four Ford GTs for Chip Ganassi Racing, Aleshin in an SMP Racing BR01 Nissan and Bell in a Scuderia Corsa Ferrari F458 Italia.

Per Bob Pockrass of ESPN.com after being in touch with Ford Performance’s Dave Pericak, Dixon and Bourdais have been cleared to miss Sunday and Monday activity and still be able to compete at Le Mans owing to the extenuating circumstances. Bell, who was in the booth for both of Saturday and Sunday’s coverage on NBCSN, was due to depart for France on Sunday. All drivers for Le Mans are required to attend scrutineering (technical inspection) for their administrative checks.

Final 2023 Rolex 24 at Daytona results, stats

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — The 2023 Rolex 24 at Daytona overall results were all streaks: two consecutive victories in the endurance classic for Meyer Shank Racing and three in a row for Acura.

And Helio Castroneves became the second driver to win three consecutive Rolex 24s and the first to win in three straight years (Peter Gregg won in 1973, ’75 and ’76; the race wasn’t held in ’74 because of a global oil crisis).

Starting from the pole position, Tom Blomqvist took the checkered flag in the No. 60 ARX-06 that led a race-high 365 of 783 laps with co-drivers Castroneves, Simon Pagenaud and Colin Braun.

RESULTS: Click here for the finishing order in the 61st Rolex 24 at Daytona l By class

Meyer Shank Racing now has two Rolex 24 victories and the 2022 championship since entering the premier prototype category of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship in 2021.

“I think what’s so special about this team is we are a small team compared to some of our opponents, but the atmosphere, the way we work, enables people to get the best out of themselves, and I think that’s why we’re such high achievers,” Blomqvist said. “I think there’s no egos. It’s a very open book, and that just enables each and every one of us to reach our potential. I think that’s why we’ve achieved so much success in really a short time at this level of competition.”

It’s the 16th IMSA victory for MSR.

The 61st running of the Rolex 24 at Daytona marked the debut of the Grand Touring Prototype category that brought hybrid engine technology to IMSA’s top level.

In other categories:

LMP2: James Allen passed Ben Hanley on the final lap and delivered a victory in the No. 55 ORECA by 0.016 seconds. It’s the second IMSA victory for Proton Competition, which last won at Sebring in 2012. It was the first Rolex 24 victory for Allen and co-drivers Gianmaria Bruni, Fred Poordad and Francesco Pizzi.

GTD Pro: Cooper MacNeil won in the last start of his IMSA career as the No. 79 Mercedes-AMG GT3 scored the first Rolex 24 at Daytona for WeatherTech Racing and the team’s fourth career victory.

MacNeil, who co-drove with Maro Engel, Jules Gounon and Daniel Juncadella, earned his 12th career victory and first at the Rolex 24.

“Winning by last IMSA race is tremendous,” MacNeil said.

GTD: The No. 27 Heart of Racing Team delivered the first Rolex 24 at Daytona for Aston Martin, which has been competing in endurance races at Daytona International Speedway since 1964. Drivers Marco Sorensen, Roman De Angelis, Darren Turner and Ian James (also the team principal) earned the victory in the English brand’s 13th attempt.

It’s also the first Rolex 24 at Daytona win for Heart of Racing, which has seven IMSA wins.

LMP3: Anthony Mantella, Wayne Boyd, Nico Varrone and Thomas Merrill drove the No. 17 AWA Duqueine D08 to victory by 12 laps for the team’s first class win in IMSA.


STATS PACKAGE FOR ROLEX 24 HOURS OF DAYTONA:

Fastest laps by driver

Fastest laps by driver after race (over the weekend)

Fastest laps by driver and class after race

Fastest lap sequence

Lap chart

Leader sequence

Race analysis by lap

Stint analysis

Time cards

Pit stop time cards

Best sector times

Race distance and speed average

Flag analysis

Weather report

NEXT: The 2023 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season will resume with the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring March 18 with coverage across NBC, USA and Peacock.