As summer across the United States winds down and the month of September is upon us, Mother Nature is back to remind us that she’s in charge, even on race weekends. And on this final weekend of August, rain is in the forecast in many of the towns where the top racing series will compete. NASCAR, IndyCar, and Formula One could all be under the gun for rain and thunderstorms.
With NASCAR, they will be split this weekend between Brooklyn, Michigan and Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin. The Camping World Truck Series and Sprint Cup Series will race in the Irish Hills of Michigan, while the Xfinity Series takes on the tricky winding road course of Road America. Meanwhile, IndyCar will race on Saturday night in Fort Worth, Texas, followed up the next morning by Formula One at Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium. IMSA sports car racing will cap off the weekend in Alton, Virginia.
Regardless of where you’re watching NASCAR racing, be prepared for rain. There is a chance of showers on Saturday for the Camping World Truck Series race and the Sunday Sprint Cup show at MIS. Meanwhile, rain and thunderstorms are expected to soak the Xfinity Series race, but the show will go on there with the help of rain tires.
Meanwhile, the weather looks mildly more cooperative for the conclusion of the Firestone 600 at Texas, the IndyCar race that was delayed from June. There will be a chance of thunderstorms in the early evening, but with a green flag time near 8:30 pm local time, the storms should be clear of the area by then. That will leave partly cloudy skies and decent conditions for the final laps.
Formula One could be racing in the rain on Sunday morning as they return from their summer break, as forecasts call for at least a 60 percent chance of rain at Spa-Francorchamps for the Belgian Grand Prix. Of course, they will slap on the rain tires if necessary, but will be worth watching to see if changing conditions from dry to wet, or even dry to wet to dry again, effects the race itself.
Finally, the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship will race at Virginia International Raceway late on Sunday afternoon, battling different conditions from most other races this weekend. Sunny skies are in the forecast for Alton, Virginia, but temperatures are expected to peak in the low nineties. Conditions could be very uncomfortable in those cars out on track.
What races will you be watching this weekend? Will the weather play a role in how those races unfold? I’ll be covering all the racing action for Beyond The Flag all weekend long.