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The 2016 ABC Supply 500 has been postponed until Monday, August 22nd with a provisional green flag drop at 12:09 PM ET after the rains poured down over the 2.5-mile tri-oval in Long Pond, Pennsylvania all afternoon. The race will be broadcast on NBC Sports Network starting at 12 PM ET tomorrow. The race was originally scheduled for today, Sunday, August 21st, with a green flag drop time of 3:09 PM ET and a broadcast time running from 3:00 PM ET through 7:00 PM ET.
Last year’s race winner, USA’s Ryan Hunter-Reay, will start the race all the way back in 22nd place (last) after crashing in practice in his Andretti Autosport Honda-powered car. Russia’s Mikhail Aleshin, who drives a Honda-powered car for Schmidt Peterson Motorsports, will start the race from the pole position for his first career pole. You can see the full starting grid for the race at IndyCar.com.
The race promises to be a crazy one, just like last year’s. Last year’s race saw a total of 33 lead changes among 12 different drivers, and only 11 drivers finished the race after the 200-lap race featured a total of 12 caution flag periods, which took up nearly half of the race. Cars were even lined up 7-wide at one point on the frontstretch late in the race.
Tragedy struck towards the end of last year’s race, however, when series veteran Justin Wilson was struck in the head by the nose cone off of Sage Karam’s mangled car after Karam spun and took a big hit in the track’s first turn with just 21 laps to go.
Hopefully, this race will be a relatively clean one with no injuries or fatalities, and the competitiveness that we saw last season among the drivers at Pocono will return this season to make this race an exciting one to watch.