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Tennessee IRL race sees circuit's first postponement in seven years

7/14/2007

GLADEVILLE, Tenn. -- The IRL Firestone Indy 200 was
postponed Saturday night and rescheduled for Sunday, marking the
first rainout in the IndyCar Series in seven years.

The cars made it as far as the starting grid before the rain
began. The showers slowed several times, but heavy downpours
followed after workers tried to dry the track.

After a delay of nearly three hours, the race at Nashville
Superspeedway was rescheduled for Sunday afternoon. It was the
first rain postponement in the IndyCar Series since June 2000 at
the Texas Motor Speedway.

Most of the crowd left and race crews retreated to their
trailers by the time officials announced the postponement.

The teams will have to shuffle their strategies for Sunday's
daytime race. The event was scheduled to be contested in cooler
night temperatures but will now likely be held in blistering midday
heat on the only concrete oval of the series' 17-race schedule.

Scott Dixon is slated to start the race from the pole, followed
by Dario Franchitti, Tony Kanaan and Sam Hornish Jr.

"It's really disappointing as it kind of breaks up the
momentum," Dixon said.

Kanaan and Hornish met earlier Saturday to smooth over friction
between them after an altercation following last week's race at
Watkins Glen.

Kosuke Matsuura was dropped from 13th to the last starting
position after his Super Aguri Panther Racing car failed a
post-qualifying inspection. The team's appeal was denied.