NASCAR’s entire Saturday schedule at Indianapolis Motor Speedway has been rained out by the remnants of Tropical Storm Gordon, and Sunday’s Cup race is in jeopardy.
Weather.com calls for almost 100 percent chance of rain through Sunday morning at 8 a.m. ET. NASCAR cancelled Saturday’s practice and qualifying sessions as well as the Xfinity Series race, which will now be run Monday at 10 a.m.
NASCAR has also moved the start time of Sunday’s Big Machine Vodka 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup race up one hour, to 1 p.m. ET.
Sunday’s forecast looks slightly better, but rain could still be an issue. Weather.com calls for the rain to begin letting up early Sunday morning, with the chance of rain diminishing to about 40 percent by the scheduled race time, and remaining at 20-25 percent through 11 p.m. ET.
If the race is postponed, NASCAR would hold the event Monday. According to ESPN, many drivers expect the race will be run Monday.
Even if the race goes off as scheduled, the lack of any track time will pose a challenge for teams, especially those with drivers/crew chiefs who have little experience at the challenging facility. The fresh track will also be especially abrasive on tires with all the rubber washed away.
With NASCAR Cup qualifying canceled — it had been scheduled for 6:15 p.m. ET — the field will be set on points, with Kyle Busch starting first, followed by Kevin Harvick.