The Great American Race is Still Dealing with Rainy Conditions
UPDATE, MONDAY, 10:20 am: NASCAR President Mike Helton has just announced that the race has again been rescheduled. The green flag is set to drop at 7 pm ET.
The Daytona 500 was scheduled to run Sunday, but scattered Florida showers kept drivers off the track and the guys in the Fox commentary booth scrambling to fill several hours of live TV.
NASCAR has since rescheduled the start time for noon (Eastern) Monday. However, a look at the Daytona forecast makes the likelihood of a noon start time seem unlikely.
Although rain has disrupted the Great American Race in the past, this marks the first time in the 54-year history of the race that is has been postponed to another day.
For historical reference, here's a quick look at previous rain disruptions at the Daytona 500.
1963—First 10 laps run under yellow due to rain.
1965—Rain-shortened -- 133 laps (332.5 miles).
1966—Rain-shortened -- 198 laps (495 miles).
1979—First 16 laps run under yellow due to rain.
1992—Laps 84-89 run under yellow due to rain on backstretch.
1995—Red flag on lap 71 due to rain. Red flag lasted 1:44.
2003—Two red flags for rain. 1st: lap 63; 1:08. Rain-shortened -- 109 laps (272.5 miles).
2009—Rain-shortened -- 152 laps (380 miles).