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Rain washes out first race at Honda Indy

Scott Dixon takes part in qualifying sessions at the Toronto Indy in Toronto, July 7 , 2012. THE CANADIAN PRESS/ Graham Jardine

Race 1 of the Honda Indy Toronto has been put on hold due to wet weather conditions at the Exhibition Place track.

IndyCar cancelled track activity Saturday just over two hours after the green flag was supposed to drop. The race has been postponed to Sunday morning at 10:30 a.m. with a rolling start and a 65-lap length, down from the original 85.

Race 1 was scheduled for 3:55 p.m. but was immediately red flagged as drivers complained about visibility problems. Rain sprinkled throughout the day and picked up shortly before teams hit the track as wet puddles and slick concrete patches marred the course.

Cars returned to the track but it wasn’t long before they headed right back to the pits as several incidents occurred during the formation lap. Ryan Briscoe locked up his brakes and nearly lost his front wing while Will Power spun around near the final turn and wrecked his left suspension.

Even the pace car had problems and went for a skid down Lake Shore Boulevard.

Race 2 is expected to begin 4:15 pm. on Sunday afternoon with a standing start and will also run 65 laps. The starting order will be determined by entrant points.

Hargrove finds his groove

Before the rain washed out all activity, Canadian Scott Hargrove shined during the Ultra 94 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada by Michelin race.

Hargrove overcame a mid-race mistake thanks to a lucky break to top the podium on home soil. The 19-year-old from Surrey, B.C., led the field until he spun out on the wet track and Spencer Pigot slipped into first. Pigot’s race fell apart after smoke started pluming from his left-rear tire allowing Hargrove the chance to charge back into the lead and cruise to victory to earn his fourth win in five rounds of the season.

“It was a little hairy with the antifreeze coming out all over the track … but it was a good race,” Hargrove said. “Really glad, four wins in five rounds now, so it’s been a phenomenal year and hopefully this will keep us going.”

Hargrove also competes in Pro Mazda, an IndyCar feeder series, where he’s second to Pigot in the championship points. He’s definitely a driver to keep an eye on as he rises up the IndyCar ladder to the major league.

Tandy Holds in PWC

Montreal’s Kuno Wittmer turned up the pressure late but couldn’t overtake British driver Nick Tandy for the lead during the final lap of the first Pirelli World Challenge race. Tandy, driving the No. 31 Porsche GT3R, held off the challenger to take the checkered flag. Wittmer finished just half a second behind in the No. 92 Dodge Viper SRT.