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UPDATE (5:20 p.m. ET): Cars are now on pit lane and the start of today’s race is set for 5:30 p.m. ET. Additionally, INDYCAR has confirmed that the race will be a timed one at 1 hour, 40 minutes in length. Please continue to follow MST this evening for coverage of the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama.
UPDATE (4:30 p.m. ET): After initial reports on Twitter, including one from Ed Carpenter Racing, INDYCAR has confirmed that today’s Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama has been projected to start around 5 to 5:15 p.m. ET.
UPDATE (3:56 p.m. ET): Since our last update, the rain picked up considerably but now appears to have cleared up somewhat. However, the projected start time of 4 p.m. ET for today’s Verizon IndyCar Series race will certainly not hold.
Meanwhile, the water-logged conditions at the track has not stayed primarily to the course. They’ve also managed to seep into the Media Center as well.
Katie Donnar of IndyCar Communications tweeted this shot:
And with water on the floor, that means a bit of moving with all the electronics inside. Our man on the ground, Tony DiZinno, got a shot of that:
We’ll continue to keep you posted on further developments.
UPDATE (2:25 p.m. ET): Barber Motorsports Park is reporting a new projected start time of 4 p.m. ET for today’s Verizon IndyCar Series Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama.
A major downpour at the 2.37-mile circuit outside Birmingham forced INDYCAR officials to delay the start from its original time of shortly after 3 p.m. ET.
Team Penske’s Will Power is on the pole for the 90-lap race.
Rain began to fall about halfway through this afternoon’s Indy Lights race. It intensified enough to end the race four laps shy of the 40-lap distance and Barber officials have told fans to seek shelter as the storm moves through.
Coverage of today’s race will begin at the bottom of the hour on NBCSN and NBC Sports Live Extra.