Normally, this is the spot where I preview the upcoming weekend’s race. I’m still going to give my perspective on what to watch for during the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach; but I have somewhat of a rant to get off of my chest first.
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What do you do on a race day at NOLA Motorsports Park, where it is pouring down rain and the future of the race is uncertain? You don your trusty poncho and head out to see what everyone else is doing to stay dry.
After having a little time to think about the weekend we had in New Orleans and NOLA Motorsports Park – it was really a strange weekend. Like everyone else, I’m curious how the event would have come off had the weather not been a factor.
Well, lo and behold – they got it in. Around noon, I was thinking we had gone all this way to not see a race. We had fun, regardless – but the race was what we came for. The general topic of conversation among all the media types was whether or not the Verizon IndyCar Series would return in early May or July to run this race. As it turns out, the bad weather stayed away long enough to get an official race in, albeit a timed one.
Welcome to Race day at a very soggy, and somewhat miserable, NOLA Motorsports Park. When I first woke up this morning, I immediately checked the forecast. It didn’t look too bad – rain from 7:00-9:00, and then cloudy from 9:00 until 3:00. Well, it’s 10:00 as I type and it is an absolute downpour. When we arrived on-site, Susan and I decided it would be smart to sit and the car and let the rain subside. It was not a good move. The constant drizzle we were hoping to avoid morphed into a downpour. After about fifteen minutes of watching it rain harder and harder, we finally grabbed our gear and made a run for it. At least it didn’t quit right after we got inside. It’s still pouring.
After a curious delay for lightening, the Verizon IndyCar Series attempted to qualify for tomorrow’s Grand Prix of Louisiana at NOLA Motorsports Park. They got partially through the second group of the first round before a huge clap of thunder shook the whole place. The on-board camera from Charlie Kimball’s car caught it. That pretty much brought things to a halt. We waited about thirty minutes before IndyCar officials determined that the giant red and yellow cell was here to stay.
Believe me, I’m not bashing those that make their living as weather prognosticators, but so far they have thankfully missed it today. This morning, you would have thought that we would be wading in water to our ankles based on what we were reading. I wouldn’t call this a clear blue sky. It’s more what I would call a very bright overcast. From what we had been warned about, I’ll take it.