Severe Weather Delays Indy 500 Qualifying

INDIANAPOLIS -RIS- (May 20, 2017) Qualifying for the 101st Running of the Indianapolis 500-Mile Race is on hold, due to severe weather threatening in the west. Teams have pulled their cars back to the Garage Area to wait out the weather.

Practice for qualifying was scheduled to start at 11:00am local. Two groups were scheduled to practice from 8:00 to 9:00 this morning. All 33 entered Indy cars would then qualify for the opportunity to requalify tomorrow for official starting positions for this year's 500.

Current forecast shows a 100% chance of rain through about 3:30. There's a 20% chance of "Mostly Cloudy" from 3:30 to 5:30, then light rain thereafter. Unfortunately, it takes about 2.5-hours to dry the track.

We'll keep you posted as the day progresses.

UPDATED 1:45PM

With the end of rain, the safety vehicles are circling the 2.5-mile Indianapolis Motor Speedway oval in an attempt to dry the track by 4:00pm.

IndyCar officials plan to stage the first-day qualifying for this race at that time. Each entered car (33) will be allowed one attempt to qualify. The Speedway will remain open past its traditional closing time of 6:00pm to accommodate the plan.

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Tom Beeler

Tom has been a contributor to RIS since 1992. He was invited to join the staff as a full-time reporter/editor in 1995, and has covered IndyCar, Formula 1, NASCAR, Grand-Am, ALMS and the 24 Hours of Le Mans. In addition to his RIS work, Tom has been a contributor for General Motors, Nissan, Toyota and the ACO.

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