Wet track pushes start of Indy Japan 300 back a day

Updated: April 19, 2008, 11:00 AM ET
ESPN.com news services

MOTEGI, Japan -- The Indy Japan 300 was rescheduled for Sunday (Saturday night ET) due to a wet track.

Heavy rain forced the cancellation of Friday's qualifying and the track was still wet on Saturday. Organizers tried to get the track ready but Saturday's race was called off after a two-hour delay.

Sunday's race is scheduled to start at 11:00 a.m. local time (Saturday, 10 p.m. ET on ESPN Classic).

"We never got a situation where the racetrack was presentable and safe to race on," chief race steward Brian Barnhart said. "The drivers would not have been comfortable and been in a position to where we could have done anything today."

Season points leader Helio Castroneves will have the pole position for the race, his third straight top starting position on the 1.5-mile Twin Ring Motegi oval.

New Zealand's Scott Dixon, the winner of the season opener at Homestead-Miami Speedway, took the second spot in the front row. Andretti Green teammates Tony Kanaan and Marco Andretti will share Row 2, and Dan Wheldon and Danica Patrick will start in the third row.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.