Standing water forced United SportsCar to red-flag today’s 6 Hours of The Glen for a brief period. In the meantime, drivers were huddling in their cars on pit lane, trying to stay warm.
Some cars had covers to keep water off of them, but I’m not sure if that’s better or worse if you’re sitting inside. The Mazda Prototype driver looked like he was in a tent.
Before the red flag, they threw a full-course yellow for a short period of time. Visibility was miserable, and the chance of hydroplaning even behind the safety car kept getting worse and worse. It was raining harder than it was yesterday, but it wasn’t as bad yet since it had been mostly dry today.
After streams of standing water started to form, they threw a red flag, moving everyone back into pit lane.
The red flag lasted for 14 minutes and one second, and the drivers are now back out circulating under yellow.
There’s only a little over an hour to go and the clock continued to run under the red flag, so nothing has been delayed per se. The last hour should be interesting if it gets wetter again, though. It’s cold, wet and miserable, and only the most die-hard fans seem to be left in the uncovered stands.
[Update:] The track just went green for a brief period again, and Oliver Gavin promptly stuffed the #4 Le Mans winning Corvette into a wall outside Turn 1 as the #912 Porsche 911 spun off in the opposite direction. Ouch!
Cars are now back under a full-course yellow while the number 4 car is retrieved.
[Update #2 - 3:18 PM:] Green flag! Behold the utter insanity as cars struggle to find grip.
[Update #3 - 3:27 PM:] A full-course yellow is back on after Ricky Taylor ate the wall, spun back onto the track into Joey Hand’s #01 car, then went into the pits. The #22 Porsche plowed off the track as well, taking a shortcut through the grass. It’s still very slippery.
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