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.

Steve Torrence takes NHRA points lead with Gatornationals victory

NHRA Gainesville Steve Torrence
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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Two-time defending NHRA Top Fuel champion Steve Torrence took the points lead Sunday in the AMALIE Motor Oil Gatornationals, beating his father, Billy, in the final round at Gainesville Raceway.

Torrence had a 3.809-second run at 322.11 mph to win for the third time this year and 39th overall. He is now on track for another championship despite missing the season opener.

“We’ve got some good momentum and to be in the points lead, it’s a testament to how hard these guys work,” Steve Torrence said after the NHRA Gainesville victory. “We’ve just got to stay focused and concentrate on what the task at hand is, and that’s trying to win a championship. These guys give me an unbelievable race car and you just try not to screw it up.”

Ron Capps won in Funny Car, Alex Laughlin in Pro Stock and Matt Smith in Pro Stock Motorcycle.

Capps raced to his second win this year and 66th overall, beating Tim Wilkerson with a 3.937 at 323.12 in a Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat.

Laughlin topped Aaron Stanfield with a 7.068 at 204.76 in a Chevrolet Camaro for his first win this season and fourth in his career. Smith rode to his first victory in 2020 and 25th overall, topping Andrew Hines with a 6.843 at 196.99 on an EBR.