Indefinite rain delays put second day of NASCAR on pause

By Ruth Johnson, Editor-in-Chief

NASCAR fans await the rain and seek shelter as intense rain showers hit the city Sunday, July 2. (Ruth Johnson)

Fans and drivers are waiting out the showers as the already-delayed Loop 121 race gets pushed back yet again. While NASCAR drivers do have rain tires available for use, races still get postponed to ensure proper traction and safe driving. 

A flash flood warning was issued by the National Weather Service around 9:30 a.m. and is in effect until 3:15 p.m. as intense pours hit the city Sunday morning.

What NASCAR is saying: As of 10:30 a.m., gates have opened for fans and ticket holders — NASCAR’s latest update announced the XFinity Series race was set to resume at 10:45 a.m. but currently everything remains paused.

NASCAR Chicago will be providing updates throughout the day. 

What happens for fans: Under the race’s Weather Protection Plan, if a race is postponed or rescheduled to a later date due to weather, General Admission, General Admission Plus, and grandstand ticket holders can exchange unused tickets for a future race at select venues. 

This does not apply to races that are delayed and still occur. 

Under this plan, fans will not receive a cash refund.