By Scott Martin.
Forecast is still on track for the Verizon Indycar Series and the Indy Lights Series. It will be really nice this weekend at Phoenix International Raceway, as a high amplitude ridge will be building in over the western United States during the weekend. This will allow for temperatures to be well above normal for this time of year, and it will keep rain chances out of the forecast. Sunny skies and warm temperatures with daytime highs in the lower to mid 80s for both days, with evening temps starting off in the upper 70s to lower 80s on both nights. Winds will be light and variable for both evenings, and rain is not a factor at all.
By Scott Martin.
The weather is looking really nice this weekend at Phoenix International Raceway, as a high amplitude ridge will be building in over the western United States during the weekend. This will allow for temperatures to be well above normal for this time of year, and it will keep rain chances out of the forecast.
A beautiful day at the track, as skies will be sunny and clear throughout the day. Temperatures will start of in the lower 60s at 9AM, and warm to a daytime high in the lower 80s. Temperatures will drop back down to the mid 70s by 7PM. Winds will start off out of the north-northeast at 5 MPH in the morning, but will be shifting out of the north-northwest at 5 MPH by late afternoon.
Another great day at the track, but it will be warmer. Skies will once again be clear throughout the day. The high temperature for the day will be in the mid to upper 80s, and will be in the mid 80s at 6PM. Temperatures will fall to the lower to mid 70s by the time the checkered flag falls at 8:30PM. Winds will start off out of the west at 5-10 MPH in the morning, but will be shifting out of the northwest at 5-10 MPH by late afternoon.
By Scott Martin.
A welcome back to Phoenix International Raceway for the Verizon Indycar Series, and the Indy Lights Series will be joining them on this trip out to the Southwest. Great weather is in store for the action at the track, and I do not believe that there will be any complaining. There are two things to expect during this weekend: winds will be shifting a lot during both days, and there is no rain in the forecast at all.
Action is planned to start at 9AM with the 1st practice session for the Indy Lights series. Skies will be sunny and temperatures will be in the lower 60s. By the time the Verizon Indycar Series gets the green flag at 10AM for the start of their 1st practice session, it will have warmed into the upper 60s to near 70, and will reach the lower to mid 70s by the end at 11:15AM. Winds will start off out of the north-northeast and may shift a little during the morning to out of the ENE.
At 1PM, temperatures will have climbed into the upper 70s to near 80, and winds will have started their shift as expected and will be out of the north for the start of the 2nd practice session for the Indy Lights series. Qualifying for the Verizon Indycar Series is up next starting at 2PM, and temperatures will have reached the lower 80s with winds now out of the northwest, and should be out of the west completely by the time the last attempt is finished.
Temperatures will start to fall very slowly after that and will be in the upper 70s to near 80 when the Indy Lights series takes to the track for their qualifying runs, and the mid 70s by the time the final practice session is finished for the Verizon Indycar Series is over at 6:45PM.
Temperatures will be in the mid 60s, and skies will be sunny at 9AM on race day. No track activity is scheduled until 1:25PM, when the Indy Lights series gets the green flag for their 90-lap race. Temperatures will be in the lower 80s by that time, with winds already starting their expected shift from the east during the morning hours to out of the south. By the time the checkered flag falls at approximately 2:15PM, it will have reached the middle 80s and winds out of the south-southwest.
By the time the green flag falls for the Verizon Indycar Series at 6:15PM, temperatures will still be hanging around the lower to mid 80s and winds will then be out of the west-northwest. Temperatures are expected to fall into the lower to mid 70s by the time the checkered flag falls at the expected finish time of approximately 8:30PM. Winds will be out of the northwest at that time.
There will be no radar coverage for this week's events due to possible severe weather expected for my neck of the woods (Alabama), and I will need it to help out with coverage. I will have updates on our social media feeds and on the blog throughout the week. Have a great day.
Doug Schneider and Scott Martin are race fans and meteorologists dedicated to providing accurate forecasts and timely weather updates at racing venues around the world. We forecast for IndyCar, Indy Lights, Pro Mazda, USF2000, IMSA, Pirelli World Challenge, World Endurance Championship, and Trans Am Series races, as well as major SCCA and NASA events.