Florida has a wonderful climate in the springtime. Most days are 25-30 C with a mild Caribean breeze, but those nice days can be broken up by some quite potent thunderstorms. That is where we took the inspiration for the race poster. Not that we were trying to predict anything. But to just hint, that the chance of severe rain is always lurking at the Sebring International Raceway. In fact the race in 1965 saw the pitlane completely flooded and several places on the track were reported to have as much as three inches of standing water. Let’s hope it doesn’t get that bad.
Practice tonight looks mostly like it could be a dry affair, with temperatures in the high 20s. But that 42% chance of rain could mean that showers are possible. And with a high of 11m/s winds, the weather can change quite rapidly.
For tomorrow’s qualifying, I’m going to take a shot at it and say we will see rain at some point. Temperatures will be slightly lower and winds slightly higher. Both are strong indicators of more unstable weather.
The race on Saturday is almost guaranteed to have changing conditions with an 87% chance of rain. Temperatures in the low to mid 20s will give ample brake and engine cooling for the cars and the tires still should have no trouble reading fine operating temperatures on all dry compounds.
If we put the coming days into a graph, here is what is will look like.
The risk of rain is peaking at noon Saturday local time, which will be almost right in the middle of the race. The weather might not look good from a driver’s perspective. But if you are a racing fan, I personally don’t think you get any better conditions for awesome racing. This race could have a huge impact on the championship standings in all classes.
That is it for this weather report. If you are a fan or follower, a live weather report is available on the front page of our website, and the live radar is available at https://gtr24h.org/weather/
If you are a team member, driver or team manager, you will find the new extended weather data in the team’s section of the website.
Enjoy the weekend!