What happens if the race is delayed or postponed due to rain?
Daytona Beach, Florida – If you’re headed to Daytona Beach for the 66th Daytona 500, you may want to bring a raincoat and be prepared for some weather delays.
The weather doesn’t look very cooperating in Daytona Beach this weekend. The big race is scheduled for 2:30pm Sunday at Daytona International Speedway – and it could be rainy. FOX 35 Storm Team Meteorologist Ian Cassette says some models are showing steady rain in Daytona Beach on Saturday through all of Sunday, with inch Of rain is possible.
“Depending on the model you look at, you’ll get varying degrees of how wet the weather is and how long the rain will last,” Cassette said. “Other models, like EURO, are less humid, but still hold rain chances into Sunday. Overall, rain looks more likely to impact the Daytona 500 this year with good rain chances throughout Sunday.”
Temperatures in Daytona Beach are expected to be cold, with winds from the north reaching highs in the 50s on Sunday.
Despite the chances of rain, race fans should be aware of Daytona International Speedway’s policy prohibiting the use of umbrellas inside the venue.
It should be noted that this is not the first Daytona 500 to be affected by rain, and it probably will not be the last. Three of the last 10 February races (2014, 2020 and 2021) have been wet. This weather caused the postponement of the 2014 and 2021 races, and the postponement of the 2020 race.
If the event is postponed, Daytona International Speedway has protocols in place that give fans the opportunity to redeem their regular grandstand tickets for a future NASCAR race. Daytona 500 ticket holders can redeem their tickets for any participating NASCAR event or next year’s Daytona 500. More about this policy here.
Delaying the event is another possibility. NASCAR has a policy in place that states it will not start any race without a plan to reach the advertised distance, FOX Sports reports. If the weather is inclement, officials may want to get at least halfway; For the Daytona 500, that’s 100 laps.
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If the track is wet, this is another reason for delay. Track drying can depend on wind, cloud cover and humidity, as well as water escaping from under the curbs on the exterior wall and the appearance of water from the asphalt layers. The track can take 90 to 180 minutes to dry – this happens with the help of track drying trucks and jet dryers on site.
And no, teams cannot work on their cars during a rain delay.
Watch Daytona 500 coverage, including the race, on FOX.