The biggest race in the IndyCar series, also known as The Greatest Spectacle in Racing, will take place this weekend as hundreds of thousands of fans are expected at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
The celebrations started on Friday and last until the weekend. The race starts on Sunday, May 26, at 12:45 pm EDT.
A thunderbolt on early Friday forced officials to temporarily close the entrance gates .
Showers and thunderstorms threatened activities on Legend Day on Saturday.
Scott Dixon from New Zealand drives into the first corner of the Indianapolis 500 IndyCar car race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Monday while training for the Indianapolis 500. May 20, 2019 in Indianapolis. (AP Photo / Darron Cummings)
Weather conditions may deteriorate on Sunday, the day of the Indianapolis 500 race.
On Sundays, when several showers run across the central plains to the middle of the Atlantic, a front line will extend and thunderstorms are expected to develop.
A round of thunderstorms took off early Sunday morning through Indianapolis subway area.
"Although there will be some breaks on some Indy 500 thunderstorms on Sunday, it may be difficult to find a gap big enough to dry the track and complete the entire race," said Alan Reppert, Senior Meteorologist at AccuWeather. "Patchy thunderstorms will be a threat to most of the day."
Reppert expects a long enough distance for the officials to call the race complete, but not every 200 laps.
Drivers and Riders Racing fans at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway need to remain alert for some thunderstorms to be fierce with damaging winds, hail, and frequent lightning this weekend.
Sunday will see high temperatures near 30 ° C.
If the race can not be completed on Sunday, it will be postponed to Monday, the day of remembrance.
Dangerous storms rolling across the Ohio Valley in the mid-Atlantic until Sunday night
Storm, rains, to further shatter the plains on this Memorial Day weekend
Detailed weekend forecast for Indianapolis
"Although there is a chance of rain or thunderstorms on Monday, it does not seem to be a full-time or widespread event," Reppert said.
The Indianapolis 500 had only three shifts in its history according to USA Today. The last time this happened in 1997. The race started on Monday of this year and was postponed until after only 15 laps could be completed. The race continued and ended on Tuesday.
The last race on Sunday, shortened in rain, took place in 2007. The drivers have to complete 101 laps (just over 50 per cent of the race) for it to be official.
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