AccuWeather.com Predicts 30% Chance Of Showers During 100th Brickyard
The 100th running of the Indianapolis 500, featuring IndyCar good guy James Hinchcliff on the pole, faces potential weather issues and delays but the race should be completed that day.
The race begins at 12;19 p.m., and if it’s a “clean” race with no delays it will last about three hours. However, it could be delayed on occasion as thunderstorms are always a possibility in Indiana this time of the year and Indianapolis could get showers on Sunday.
But any rain should be quick-hitting and will move out quickly, causing potential brief delays in the afternoon, according to AccuWeather.com.
According to AccuWeather.com Metrologist Alyson Hoegg, here’s a look at the weather for race day and during the scheduled race time, provided specifically for PubClub.com.
“On Sunday, a weak disturbance will move through Indiana and approach central Indiana by the latter portion of the afternoon. With a warm humid air mass in place and plenty of moisture being drawn northward with southwesterly flow, the threat for showers and thunderstorms will be present each afternoon.
“These storms will be largely driven by instability that develops throughout the day and when they develop they will be very spotty in coverage.
“With that being said, the best chance for any pop up showers or thunderstorms will be in the afternoon, mainly after 2 o’clock. Coverage area of these storms would be around 30%. That means that on average 30% of the area will see a shower or thunderstorm after 2 p.m.
“If any of these storms moves near or over the track, a quick downpour with gusty winds would be the primary threats. Storms will not be long-lived and should only last 10-20 minutes before moving past the area. With there being a threat for thunder and lightning, spectators will need a plan to quickly seek shelter.
“Any storms that form during the afternoon will quickly diminish around and just after sunset. Sunset for Sunday is 9:05 p.m., local time.
“Therefore, the most likely time for any thunderstorm to move through the Indianapolis area will be between about 2 p.m., and 7-8 p.m.”
The IndyCars cannot run on an oval in the rain so if any showers do arrive, the cars will be parked in the pits and the crews will be allowed to work on them during that time. The track must then be dried for the racing to resume, so even a short shower could cause a delay of close to an hour.
Indy 500 Schedule Main Events
The gates for the race open at 6 a.m., the Festival Princess Lap is at 9:45, the Purdue band’s performing “On The Banks Of The Wabash” is at 10:16 a.m., “Back Home In Indiana” by Josh Kaufman and ICC is at 12:12, and “Gentlemen Start Your Engines” is at 12:14.
The infield party starts as soon as the people arrive.
• Indy 500 Infield Party Guide