Weather Watch: Heat a Concern for NASCAR, F1

The big weather stories of the racing weekend to come will be the heat for NASCAR at Iowa and the inaugural European GP at Baku for F1, and the rain to start the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Both could cause problems on and off the track for fans, drivers, and teams.

Temperatures across the central states of the USA will climb this weekend into the nineties in some parts, including Newton, Iowa where the NASCAR Camping World Truck and Xfinity Series will be racing on Saturday and Sunday. Meanwhile, Formula One will race for the first time in Baku, Azerbaijan on the streets of the capital, where the temperatures on race day could be in the upper eighties during the day.

The 24 Hours of Le Mans, one of the longest sports car races in the world, could also be impacted by weather on Saturday. Rain is in the forecast for Le Mans, France, where the race will be run rain or shine. This will not be the first time rain has an impact on the event, and certainly won’t be the last.

See my entire race weekend forecast and more information on the upcoming races in my Beyond the Flag column here.


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