Iowa Update: Drivers in cars at 10:55 p.m. ET


NEWTON, Iowa  NTT IndyCar Series drivers have been asked to be in their cars by 10:55 p.m. ET following a nearly four-hour weather delay at Iowa Speedway.

Stay tuned to IndyCar's social channels  especially Twitter  to find out when the Iowa 300 will begin.

The command to start engines could come as early as 11:10 p.m. ET. The 300-lap race will air on NBCSN.

Meantime, here is what teams and drivers did in the paddock during the rain delay:

It started raining around 6 p.m. Saturday night, just 15 minutes before the Iowa 300 was set to kick off. The INDYCAR paddock didn't let that dampen their spirits too much, though. Here's how they passed the time while the storms passed over Newton.

A lot. #Iowa300 // #INDYCAR

Will Power tracked down Ed Carpenter.

What we do during @IndyCar rain delays ... ☔️🌧️

// #INDYCAR / #Iowa300

The Rahal Letterman Lanigan guys passed the time with a nice game of catch.

Just passing the time 🏈#Iowa300 // #INDYCAR

Meanwhile, Marco Andretti was (jokingly) ready to roll. He's driven on slicks in the wet before.

I’m in pit lane waiting on you guys ‼️

Then again, with lightning like this, probably best to keep that No. 98 parked.

The sky putting on a show for us at @iowaspeedway. ⚡️ But, Mother Nature, we think that’s enough. Can we go racing now? #AllAndretti #INDYCAR #Iowa300

Per usual, weather apps were useless in all of this.

Weather update from George. #Iowa300 // @IndyCar

And while all this rain pretty much crushed our spirits, we're ready to race under the lights. And we got some really great photos of Iowa Speedway.

☂️☂️☂️#Iowa300 // #INDYCAR

A good sign or optimistic? 👏🏻

📍 @iowaspeedway

The dryers are on track as of 8:15 p.m. and wow. The sky just keeps putting on a show.

This Iowa sky sure knows how to put on a show.

We’re up next 😎#Iowa300 // #INDYCAR

🌈 || 💡 || 🌅#Iowa300 // #INDYCAR

Luckily, our guy Colton Herta got the green light to stay up late tonight.

Thanks for letting him stay out, @BryanHerta 🙌

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