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Pocono IndyCar race rain delayed until Monday

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LONG POND, Pa. – Sunday’s ABC Supply 500, which was scheduled for 3 p.m. ET on NBCSN with a 3:09 p.m. ET green flag, has been delayed until Monday owing to heavy rain and not enough time to dry the track before sunset.

Tomorrow’s rescheduled race will air on NBCSN at noon ET with a green flag of 12:09 p.m. ET.

It’s the second race for the Verizon IndyCar Series that has been rain delayed this year, along with Texas Motor Speedway. The Texas race was scheduled for June 11, delayed due to rain and weepers, then restarted on June 12 for 71 laps before heavy rains postponed it to next week, August 27.

Light rain started at about 12:45 p.m. ET and local time, with a light break for about an hour before the heavier rain started just after 2:15 p.m. ET.

Per the track, all valid Sunday gate admission tickets will be honored on Monday.

Parking lots will open at 7 a.m. on Monday and gates at 8 a.m. Those fans who wish to enter via the Infield can do so via Gate 1.

Tickets for Monday’s race can be purchased at Gate 8 of Pocono Raceway beginning at 8 a.m.

The paddock will open at 8 a.m. Monday. Paddock passes valid for Sunday will be honored. No additional paddock passes will be sold.

Lewis Hamilton receives Daytona 500 invitation from Bubba Wallace

Lewis Hamilton Bubba Wallace
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Lewis Hamilton is a fan of the new NASCAR Cup Series team formed by Denny Hamlin and Michael Jordan to field a car for Bubba Wallace.

Will the six-time Formula One champion also be a fan in person at a NASCAR race in the near future?

Wallace is hoping so.

After Hamilton tweeted his support Tuesday morning about the news of a Hamlin-Jordan-Wallace team making its debut with the 2021 season, Wallace responded with a sly invitation to the Daytona 500.

Much would need to be worked out, starting with how much garage and grandstand access would be afforded for a 2021 season opener that likely would occur during a still ongoing novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

But it would seem fitting given that Hamilton and Wallace have been two of the world’s most outspoken Black athletes about the quest for diversity and racial justice. Hamilton recently reaffirmed his commitment to activism after his donning a Breonna Taylor shirt sparked an FIA inquiry.

The idea of Hamilton attending the season opener already had legs, too. The Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 driver has expressed a desire to race the Daytona 500 after he has retired from Formula One.

He was a spectator (with racing legend Mario Andretti) at four-time champion Jeff Gordon’s final Cup race as a full-time in the 2015 season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway. In 2011, Hamilton swapped cars with three-time champion Tony Stewart at Watkins Glen International.

Having rubbed shoulders with other racing greats so often, it only would be fitting if Hamilton — who is one victory from tying Michael Schumacher’s career record and also could tie the F1 record with a seventh championship this season — spent some time with the greatest basketball player of all time.

Jeff Gordon was flanked by Mario Andretti and Lewis Hamilton before the 2015 Cup season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway (Jared C. Tilton/NASCAR via Getty Images).