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Rain likely to dampen Brickyard

Associated Press
Published May 30, 2004

INDIANAPOLIS - Rain is likely today for the Indianapolis 500, a National Weather Service meteorologist said.

Rain was expected to begin after midnight and could continue off and on throughout the day.

"It's a real tough call now on the exact timing," said Chad Omitt of the weather service's Indianapolis office. "We're going to have a warm front through the area that should move north of Indianapolis in the afternoon. But until then, until about 3 or 4 o'clock, there are going to be scattered showers along that front."

The race is scheduled for noon and normally takes about three hours.

Omitt said there's a 60 percent chance for rain from morning to midafternoon, then possibly a break of several hours before another line of storms moves.

If the race is rained out, it would be postponed to Monday, when the chance of rain is forecast at 20 percent, Omitt said.

The race has been postponed or delayed by rain 11 times. The last time it was rescheduled to another day was 1997. It was rained out, interrupted by rain after 15 laps the next day and finished on the third day.

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