It’s officially raining in Indy this Friday, but severity is changing

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Bad news: it’s raining in Indianapolis.

Good news: it’s raining when the Verizon IndyCar Series can actually run in the rain, during the Grand Prix of Indianapolis weekend on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course.

For the third time in four race weekends (St. Petersburg Saturday, Barber Sunday), rain will interrupt the flow of the weekend. St. Petersburg qualifying was delayed but eventually completed; the same story applied at Barber two weeks ago, when rain delayed the race by more than two hours.

This morning, what began as sprinkles has turned a bit heavier just an hour before the first practice session of the day, and third of the weekend, which is scheduled for 10 a.m. EDT.

But it seems to be in an off-and-on pattern, per the radar and a look outside the media center window.

IndyCar third practice and qualifying, and a qualifying and race session for each of the three Mazda Road to Indy ladders is on the docket.

Rain tire are probably going to be utilized. So far there haven’t been any schedule adjustments, and the Indy Racing Experience two-seater rides continue as scheduled this morning.

There has been a notification posted on the track billboard signs which reads: “Attention: rain showers are in the area. Lightning is possible. Please be advised.”

We’ll keep you posted as the day progresses.

BMW confirms IMSA, WEC GTE line-ups for 2018

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BMW has confirmed its driver line-ups for the 2018 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship and 2018/19 FIA World Endurance Championship campaigns.

In an announcement made at its end-of-year Sports Trophy event on Friday night, BMW firmed up its roster across its factory WEC team and its customer RLL Racing IMSA squad.

Two of the 2018 BMW M8 GTEs will enter the WEC next year, joining a hotly-contested GTE-Pro class that already features Ferrari, Porsche, Aston Martin and Ford.

BMW factory drivers Antonio Felix da Costa, Nick Catsburg, Augusto Farfus and Martin Tomczyk will share the two cars across the 13-month ‘super season’.

The quartet will be joined by Tom Blomqvist, Alexander Sims and Philipp Eng for the 24 Hours of Le Mans

In IMSA, the RLL Racing team will once again field Sims and John Edwards, who will be joined by the incoming Connor De Phillippi and Jesse Krohn.

BMW also confirmed on Friday night that Tom Blomqvist would see out the Formula E season with its Andretti-affiliated team, having been benched for Kamui Kobayashi in Hong Kong.