Weather prep ahead of the big race

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Heading into race weekend, personnel at the Watkins Glen, along with NASCAR, have been busy getting ready for the big race.

The forecast for the weekend is looking pretty fair, with chances of rain and thunderstorms for Saturday afternoon. Skies will be partly cloudy for race day and temperatures are going to be comfortable.

If it were to rain this weekend, luckily, Watkins Glen is a unique track where even if it does rain, drivers are still able to race. NASCAR race officials would throw up the caution flag, allowing drivers to enter pit lane to swap out their tires for rain ones.

NASCAR has a group of meteorologists that are centered in the press box where they are always keeping an eye on the sky. For insistences when severe weather may occur, the track has protocols in place. They have numerous ways to let race fans know when severe weather is about to hit. Social media, announcements over the intercom, and messages on television screens notify race fans of the potential threat.

During a lightning delay, similar to what occurred on Friday night, the grandstands are cleared and drivers are pulled off the track. The lightning delay typically goes for 30minutes and as long as a second strike didn’t occur, the race may resume.

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