Rain creates double trouble for IndyCar

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By Steve Keating

TORONTO (Reuters) - Double-headers have long been part of baseball and it is nothing to see golfers pull double duty, but rarely are drivers forced to take on the challenge of two races in the same day as they did on Sunday at the Toronto Indy.

Frenchman Sebastien Bourdais and Briton Mike Conway shared the honors, each picking up a win on a wild weekend of racing that renewed the debate about drivers' safety.

Bourdais, who had ruled over Indy car winning four successive driver's titles from 2004 before jumping to Formula One with Toro Rosso, picked up his first series win since 2007.

Conway, who suffered serious leg and back injuries in a 2010 crash at the Indianapolis 500 and refuses to race on ovals, claimed his second win of the season - both coming on temporary road courses.

After rain on Saturday washed out Race One of the weekend double bill, IndyCar officials decided to squeeze in two races on Sunday on Toronto's temporary street course.

The postponement created the first same-day doubleheader since 1981 at the Atlanta Motor Speedway when Rick Mears swept the Kraco Twin 125s. An IndyCar series twin bill of shortened races was also contested at Texas Motor Speedway in 2011 where Dario Franchitti and Will Power each took the checker flag.

"It is not ideal...it's brutal," said Brazil's 2013 Indy 500 winner Tony Kanaan, who is not short on stamina having competed in the Hawaii Ironman. He managed third place in Race One and a second in Race Two.

"I don't think people understand how hard it is to drive a race car in two races in one day," he added. "It's tough but it is what it is, we have to do it. That is why we work out."   Continued...

May 17, 2014; Indianapolis, IN, USA; IndyCar Series driver Sebastien Bourdais poses for a photo after qualifying for the 2014 Indianapolis 500 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports