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.

Takuma Sato’s likeness revealed on Borg-Warner Trophy (PHOTOS)

Photos; Walt Kuhn
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INDIANAPOLIS – Rather than the traditional December unveil, this year’s reveal newest likeness added to the Borg-Warner Trophy came Tuesday at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum.

Takuma Sato got to see the result of the sculpting done by William Behrends and then turned from wax, clay and ceramic into sterling silver on Tuesday evening, as the winner of the 101st Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil saw his face revealed on the trophy.

Sato took the No. 26 Ruoff Home Mortgage Honda for Andretti Autosport to the win in thrilling fashion this year over Helio Castroneves, denying the Brazilian his fourth Indianapolis 500 victory in the process. It atoned for his near-miss in 2012, driving for Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing, the team he’ll return to in 2018.

It’s been a whirlwind last week-plus for Sato, doing the podium interviews at the Japanese Grand Prix, reflecting on his Indianapolis 500 triumph, then sharing the victory spoils with another Japanese pilot in Yoshihide Muroya, who won the Red Bull Air Race World Championship at Indianapolis this weekend.

Photos of Sato’s face on the most unique trophy in sports are below. This post will be updated following tonight’s full unveil. (All photos: Walt Kuhn)