Orlando, FLA. – With rain expected this race weekend, some might think “it always rains on the Daytona 500.” But is that truly the case?
Meteorologists …. start your number crunching
After some number crunching, I found out bad weather has only impacted “The Great American Race” three times in the last decade. I know, everyone is surprised by this stat.
- 2011: February 20 -- Dry Race
- 2012: February 27-28 -- Rescheduled due to rain
- 2013: February 24 -- Dry Race
- 2014: February 23 -- Rain Delays due to rain and tornado warning
- 2015: February 22 -- Dry Race
- 2016: February 21 -- Dry Race
- 2017: February 26 -- Dry Race
- 2018: February 18 -- Dry Race
- 2019: February 17 -- Dry Race
- 2020: February 16-17 -- Rescheduled due to rain
Expect possible rain delays this year
Unlike the average, this year we could see the infamous red flag fly during the race, due to a wet track.
The current weather setup shows an area of low pressure developing along a weakening cold front by this weekend. This will usher in unsettled weather with the chance for off and on rain both Saturday and Sunday.
The race is scheduled to begin at 2:30 p.m. on Valentine’s Day, Sunday. The latest forecast over the track, calls for an 80% chance of rain and storms. The clouds and rain will keep temperatures, near normal, in the mid to low 70s. This weather could mean a few rounds of rain delays throughout the race.