Fans and IMS ready for storms but rain holds off for race

(WISH Photo/Jessica Smith)

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — After a rainy morning, NASCAR and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway worked to get the track ready for the early afternoon green flag.

NASCAR used 19 Air Titans for three hours in order to dry the track.

“Our goal was to keep circulating the track and getting the water out of the pores so when the sun comes out, or a little wind blows it dries,” said Jerry Kaproth with NASCAR.

While NASCAR worked to dry things off, IMS worked to stay ahead of any other weather that might have popped up.

“We have in our pagoda command not only our own IMS folks, but law enforcement from nearly every state and local agency and the national weather service on site here with us,” said IMS President Doug Boles.

The early morning rain didn’t seem to deter¬†fans from enjoying the race. Many bought ponchos and umbrellas, preparing to wait out any rain that made its way to the track. Some fans even took vacation days off work Monday in case the Brickyard 400 was postponed. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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