If you mention rain during a NASCAR weekend, most fans will be upset. That usually means long delays and worst of all no racing. With the NASCAR Nationwide Series running this weekend at Road America, those fears are put aside. NASCAR will run in the rain, provided it is not lightning, and the race will continued. That is something that does not phase driver Michael McDowell.
“The hardest conditions anytime you have rain is that transition from rain to dry and knowing when to do it and how to do it and what it’s going to be like. So, I wanted to make sure that I had some time in the wet just to be prepared for that. Our car was good. We didn’t make a qualifying run either. We tried to, we just ran out of time. We have a really good race car. Very fast and I’m pretty confident about tomorrow and the work that all of the guys have done. It’s a brand new race car, significantly better than last year. Like everybody, you are always continuing to develop and I feel like we’ve done a pretty good job,” McDowell told reporters Friday from the track.
McDowell might not mind the rain, but running on a dry track is what he is looking for. With 40% chances for showers Saturday it might come up.
“For me, I’d prefer the dry. I love running in the rain. It’s something that I’ve got to do a lot of over the years, but racing in the rain with the cautions and just all of the different variables it can sometimes — not the best car or the best driver wins on those days. So, the dry definitely removes some of those variables, but honestly with the caliber of drivers that are here, like Nelson (Piquet Jr.) said, the sheet would look much the same if it was in the wet. The drivers that have road racing experience that have wet experience are the guys that are going to be upfront tomorrow, too. But, there’s a lot of guys that don’t have any experience and because of that, when you have heavy rains and lots of mist and lots of spray coming off the race cars and you barrel down into turn five and all the guy sees is a red light glowing, more than likely we’re going to have a caution every couple of laps. So, I hope that we could just have a dry race and just roll with it like we have in years past,” commented McDowell.
McDowell, driving for Joe Gibbs Racing this weekend, posted the fourth best times in both practice sessions Friday. He will look to put his Toyota on the pole for Saturday’s race and finish there when it is complete. You can catch the action starting at 5 PM EST on ESPN.