By: Tanner Watkins
May 26, 2019 | 5:30 AM
The sun has yet to come up, but indeed, it is Indianapolis 500 race day. Today we are going to see some exciting racing, the pageantry and tradition of pre-race, and unfortunately, weather. Hopefully less of that last part than what is being forecasted, though.
Currently there is a morning storm that is skirting just north of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, so we are getting lucky at the moment. Hopefully that is a good omen for the rest of the day. The temperature at this time of writing (5:25 AM ET) is 71 degrees and it is sprinkling.
Check out the radar image below from 5:20 AM to get an idea of what we are talking about at the current moment, courtesy of AccuWeather.
Today’s forecast from AccuWeather calls for a few strong thunderstorms, adding that storms can bring flooding downpours, large hail and damaging winds. The chance for rain is 65% and winds will come out of the southwest at 8 mph – with gusts up to 13 mph.
Taking a deeper dive into the forecast, AccuWeather is noting that the greatest chances for rain (above 50%) will come at 8:00 AM, 1:00 to 2:00 PM and 4:00 PM.
Keep in mind, though, that we could get lucky and have some clearing in random locations – such as the Speedway. It is all about how the storms develop and travel across central Indiana.
I wouldn’t let the chance of rain deter your interest in attending this year’s Indianapolis 500. There is a great chance that we get at least 101 laps in – making the race official – and the Speedway could start the race at 5:00 PM Eastern if need be. After 4:00 PM, the chances for rain begin to decrease.
Stay tuned to Open-Wheels for updates on the 103rd Running of the Indianapolis 500 throughout the day.
Header image by Shawn Gritzmacher/INDYCAR.
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