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.
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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.
Good morning from a muggy and sticky NOLA Motorsports Park in Avondale, Louisiana. It was raining when we got up this morning, but it is currently dry…for the moment. The forecast for today actually looks better than it has for the past few days. The trade-off for that? Tomorrow’s looks worse – far worse.
Surprisingly, the Verizon IndyCar Series was able to get the second practice in. It was probably a smart move, as these conditions are probably going to be similar to what they will be racing in on Sunday. Fortunately, they were able to get most of session in with just a few harmless raindrops falling. I’m glad that we were able to see cars on track on our first day here.
I am so happy to be here in NOLA! One root canal, a crown (seriously, for the price, it should be visible), and a week spent helping keep up with the baked good needs of the Mule Week crowd in Columbia, Tennessee, I am definitely ready for our racing season to begin.