Race gets back underway after rain

The Indianapolis 500 is back underway after a mid-race rain shower brought out the yellows for 15 laps

Race gets back underway after rain

Rain had been forecast and temperatures were unseasonably low, but conditions had remained dry throughout the first half of the race.

Then a shower brought out a full course yellow just after half-distance. The result could have been declared at this point, but the officials opted to continue the race under caution in the hope that the rain would pass.

Leader Greg Ray had slowed dramatically just before the caution after brushing the wall. He also inadvertently caused Jon Herb to crash out, the latter caught out by the slowing Ray. A pit stop for suspension repairs meant Ray then lost eight laps under green.

After the caution Penske's Gil de Ferran and Helio Castroneves ran one-two ahead of Michael Andretti. Ganassi's Tony Stewart and Jimmy Vasser complete the top five ahead of leading IRL runner Robbie Buhl in sixth.

Stewart's potential replacement Richie Hearn is now standing by because the delays mean the NASCAR star may well have to leave for Charlotte before the end of the race.

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