A driving rain washed out the first day of qualification runs for the Indianapolis 500 Saturday.
A field of 60 of the world's top racing drivers had drawn positions for time trials scheduled to begin at 11 a.m., but pouring rain delayed the opening of the qualification runs, and persistent wet spots where water seeped through the track led officials to call off any running for the day at 4:30 p.m. CDST.The rain, which reached downpour proportions here Saturday morning, stopped shortly after noon. Hot air blowers dried out most of the track and the race cars were rolled out to pit row about 3:30 before the rain turned out to be so persistent it could not be dried up before the day was over.
Indianapolis officials hope to try again with qualification runs on Sunday beginning at noon. Rain is forecast again, though no major downpour is predicted.