Twelve laps in the Camping World 400 of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup series were cut short as thunderstorms swept the Chicagoland Speedway with frequent blasts and damaging winds.
The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup The Series Camping World 400 race was originally scheduled to start at 14:16 CET, but was delayed by officials closer to 2:00 pm. due to the threat of thunderstorms.
"Just before the green flag fell, the lightning was around the track within 1
We discovered a flash within 13 kilometers of the Chicagoland Speedway. We temporarily interrupt the track activity. Please vacate the seating area, change your personal safety plan and take the necessary precautions for your safety. # CampingWorld400 pic.twitter.com/b41shytNxG
– Chicagoland Speedway (@ChicagolndSpdwy) June 30, 2019
Twelve laps were driven before a red flag was thrown  store Download the AccuWeather app for free to know when thunderstorms threaten your community, including AccuWeather MinuteCast®.
The thunderstorms carry even greater dangers than delaying the race on Sunday afternoon.
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Fans visit the NASCAR Cup Series car race on June 30, 2019 at the Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet , Illinois. (AP Photo / Nam Y. Huh)
In addition to deadly lightning storms and thunderstorms approaching the racetrack have generated damaging winds in the past.
Racetrack stalls and trees and canopies in the Surroundings are dangerous places during a thunderstorm.
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"A closed hardtop metal vehicle can be a safe place to avoid being struck by lightning," said AccuWeather Chief Meteorologist Alex Sosnowski.
The heat and humidity in northern Illinois fueled the heavy thunderstorms.
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The temperatures at Chicagoland Speedway rose to around 22 ° C until the onset of thunderstorms. Taking into account the humidity, the temperatures in AccuWeather RealFeel® 105 F exceeded
"Even in the thunderstorms that stopped the race and the possibility of another lap later in the day, it's possible the lights will flash there, the race is over, "Reppert said.
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