Continued Rain Washes Out Saturday Action At IMS

Lilly Diabetes 250 Pushed To Monday

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Rain has again washed out all on-track activity at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. (NASCAR photo)

INDIANAPOLIS – Another day of rain at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway has meant another cancellation of all NASCAR activities.

NASCAR and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway announced at 11 a.m. ET that all track action for Saturday was cancelled.

The start of Sunday’s Brickyard 400 has been moved up to 1 p.m. The NASCAR Xfinity Series Lilly Diabetes 250 will be Monday at 10 a.m.

The starting grid of both races will be determined by the NASCAR Rulebook, meaning entrant points will set both lineups.

Saturday’s FGL Fanfest featuring Florida George Line has also been cancelled. All concert tickets will be refunded, according to IMS.

“This decision was made after a comprehensive review of current and forecasted weather conditions, and with the safety of event attendees as our top priority,” IMS officials noted in a statement.

All tickets for the Lilly Diabetes 250 originally scheduled for today will be honored at the gate Monday.

“We’re sorry for any inconvenience that this inclement weather is creating for our fans,” IMS President J. Douglas Boles said. “We appreciate their loyalty and hope we have a great day of on-track action for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series on Sunday and the NASCAR Xfinity Series on Monday. We are hopeful the forecast improves for tomorrow and Monday so we can see the exciting racing that everyone has looked forward to all year.”

All concert tickets purchased online through Ticketmaster.com, IMS.com, FGLFest.com or LiveNation.com or at the IMS Ticket Office will be refunded. If tickets were bought with a credit card, a credit will be issued to the account used for the purchase.

Credits will be issued from the point-of-sale vendor tickets were purchased from.

Hendrick Motorsports driver Alex Bowman spoke prior to the official cancellation about how unique it will be to enter a race without any practice or qualifications.

“To be honest with you, it’s interesting because yes, I haven’t raced here in a couple of years,” Bowman said Saturday. “I tested here last year, but I really feel like we tend to unload pretty close and there are quite a few teams that unload a little bit off and kind of have to catch up and we seem to run better when the tracks aren’t rubbered up for whatever reason.

“I’m all for just sending it to the race. I think that might actually be better for us. But, we will just have to wait and see. Obviously, the weather is a little interesting. I think we have some floaties that we might attach to the car, maybe a rudder in the back, we can all take a vote on rain tires, but it’s going to be interesting for sure if we get any practice or not. I think it will … shoot it might make it a great race for the fans.”