IndyCar drivers go into stands to sign autographs during rain delay
During a lengthy rain delay ahead of the scheduled Verizon IndyCar race Saturday night at Texas Motor Speedway, some of the race drivers headed up into the grandstands to sign autographs for the fans.
The race was initially scheduled to start around 7:45 p.m. CT but was delayed as there were damp patches on the racetrack following rain showers earlier on in the day. While jet dryers were able to dry most of the track, there was still water seeping out of the seams on the track surface, known to racing fans as “weepers.”
Following several media interviews and phone calls between each other, several of the drivers then decided to make their ways up into the grandstands at around 10 p.m. CT.
Among those reported as going into the stands were Carlos Munoz, Josef Newgarden, Graham Rahal, Conor Daly, Mikhail Aleshin, Ryan Hunter-Reay, Sebastien Bourdais and Alexander Rossi. The race has now been postponed until Sunday.
Fans in the stands at @TXMotorSpeedway, look who's here! pic.twitter.com/CxpnhrB2nj— Ed Carpenter Racing (@ECRIndy) June 12, 2016
Did @Hinchtown go into the stands?yes. And @ConorDaly22 went with him. ????— Jenna Fryer (@JennaFryer) June 12, 2016
And @RyanHunterReay is in the stands. One way to pass a rain delay. And a pretty awesome way, too. #IndyCar— Jenna Fryer (@JennaFryer) June 12, 2016
We've taken to the grandstands! Thanks to all the fans waiting out the night with us at @TXMotorSpeedway! #IndyCar pic.twitter.com/lVmg5DQwz7— Andretti Autosport (@FollowAndretti) June 12, 2016
Some @IndyCar drivers have come to sign autographs for the fans who have waited out the rain. Can you spot them? pic.twitter.com/1tCSMhlsyH— Texas Motor Speedway (@TXMotorSpeedway) June 12, 2016
Now we have @BourdaisOnTrack in the stands at @TXMotorSpeedway! #Firestone600 #IndyCar pic.twitter.com/sPV1DxB0Pf— INDYCAR on NBCSN (@IndyCaronNBCSN) June 12, 2016
This guy is on his way to sign autographs for the fans! @mikhailaleshin pic.twitter.com/fE82kr07Ln— SPM (@SPMIndyCar) June 12, 2016
This is a whole new way to race! @Hinchtown pic.twitter.com/Ga0U0ZG5NJ— SPM (@SPMIndyCar) June 12, 2016