IRL: Charlotte rain delays 97-07-23

Charlotte, NC, July 23 1997 Heavy rains postponed today's practice sessions for Saturday's IRL VisionAire 500k race at Charlotte Motor Speedway. All cars were in the pits, ready to go, when rain began falling on the speedway. Rains in the ...

Charlotte, NC, July 23 1997

Heavy rains postponed today's practice sessions for Saturday's IRL VisionAire 500k race at Charlotte Motor Speedway. All cars were in the pits, ready to go, when rain began falling on the speedway.

Rains in the Charlotte area were heavy, with local flooding and traffic disruptions. Rain is expected to continue into the early morning hours, then clear.

IRL practice has been rescheduled for Thursday, from 4:30 to 5:30 pm. Qualifying, originally scheduled for Wednesday evening, has been rescheduled to Thursday from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm.

Before the rains came, the NASCAR Goody's Dash Series cars got their first practice session in. The session was interrupted by water seepage on the track, then resumed after efficient work by the track crew. Mike Swaim Jr. led the session with a time of 35.555 seconds (151.877 mph) in his # 28 Falcon Racing Pontiac.

The Goody's Dash Series cars will practice again tomorrow from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm, then qualify from 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm. They will race at 8:45 pm, following qualifying for the IRL VisionAire 500k.

Ken Plotkin - Motorsport News International

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