Tuesday, April 24, 2018
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Yes, the Grand Prix of St. Petersburg can run in the rain, but…

ST. PETERSBURG — The weather forecast for Sunday's Grand Prix of St. Petersburg doesn't look great. The National Weather Service calls for a 60-percent chance of rain.

Showers might not deter the IndyCar Series' season opener.

IndyCar has specific Firestone tires to race in the rain, but those have limitations. The cars won't race if there's standing or running water on the track or in lightning.

If it rains, IndyCar drivers and officials will meet with the race owners, Green Savoree Racing Promotions, to discuss their options.

Rain shortened the Grand Prix in 2008. Two years later, the race was postponed from Sunday to Monday morning because of standing water on the 1.8-mile, 14-turn street course.

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