Washed-out Honda Indy Toronto hopes to run two races on Sunday

There was just a bit of water on the course as the Honda Indy Toronto tried to get going on...

There was just a bit of water on the course as the Honda Indy Toronto tried to get going on Saturday. (Getty/AFP)

, Last Updated: 8:24 PM ET

Mother Nature is not a race fan.

Verizon IndyCar officials cancelled Saturday’s first of two planned races this weekend at the Honda Indy Toronto after persistent rain and a track with standing water on just about every inch of the 2.824 km Exhibition Place temporary street course caused even the pace car to spin out.

The end result is that there will be two races on Sunday.

“We will have two complete races on Sunday,” IndyCar vice-president of competition Derrick Walker said. “Racing in the rain is great but we had to think of the safety of our drivers and fans.

“What do we want, good racing or be gladiators? We want to put on a good show.”

Walker said that the forecast also shows a chance of rain again on Sunday.

“We will wait to see what conditions are like (on Sunday) but it is our hope to get two races in,” he said.

Sebastien Bourdais, who won the pole position for Saturday’s race, will start on the pole for the first race.


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