Inclement Weather Forces Carb Night Classic Postponement

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – A series of rain showers today in the Indianapolis area played havoc with the schedule for the traditional Carb Night Classic – “The Race Before the 500″ at the Lucas Oil Raceway oval. Instead, the event which will comprise rounds for the two initial levels on the Road to Indy Presented by Cooper Tires, as well as feature events for the USAC Silver Crown Series and Pavement Midgets, has been postponed until tomorrow (Saturday, May 29).

After an adjustment in the schedule which eliminated planned warmup sessions for both series, competitors in the Cooper Tires Freedom 90, the eighth round of the Indy Pro 2000 Championship Presented by Cooper Tires, did venture out onto the 0.686-mile oval this evening only for the red flags to fly after five laps had been completed under caution due to light rain.

The race is set to be restarted at 11:00 a.m. EDT tomorrow for the remaining 85 laps. Reece Gold, from Miami, Fla., will start on the pole position for Juncos Racing.

The 75-lap Cooper Tires Freedom 75, Round Eight of the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship, will follow at 11:45 a.m. Cape Motorsports’ Michael d’Orlando, from Hartsdale, N.Y., will start on pole position for the very first time.

Global live streaming for both races can be found on the Road to Indy TV App, RoadToIndy.TV and the respective series websites, and


About the Road to Indy Presented by Cooper Tires: Celebrating its 11th anniversary in 2021, the Road to Indy Presented by Cooper Tires is one of the most successful driver development programs in the world. Comprised of Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires, the Indy Pro 2000 Championship Presented by Cooper Tires and the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship, the ladder system provides a unique, scholarship-funded path to the NTT INDYCAR SERIES and Indianapolis 500. The NTT INDYCAR SERIES grid is comprised of numerous drivers who have come through the Road to Indy. In 2021, 20 of the 33 starters in the Indianapolis 500 are graduates including seven Indy Lights champions. The mission of the Road to Indy is to develop and advance, and that includes not only drivers but teams and personnel as well. More information can be found at,,,, and

About Cooper Tire & Rubber Company: Cooper Tire & Rubber Company is the parent company of a global family of companies that specializes in the design, manufacture, marketing and sale of innovative, great-performing tires that you can count on to last for thousands of miles, getting you where you need to go, and back again. Cooper is proud to be the spec tire for all three levels of the Road to Indy Presented by Cooper Tires, a development program within the NTT INDYCAR SERIES. Cooper tires can also be seen on the track in rally, rallycross and short course off-road racing. Headquartered in Findlay, Ohio, Cooper, with its subsidiaries, has manufacturing, sales, distribution, technical and design operations in more than one dozen countries around the world. Connect with Cooper on Twitter and Instagram by following @TeamCooperTire or visit our website at

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