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No Rain Forecast for Indy 500

May 28, 2005

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) _ No rain is expected during the Indianapolis 500 on Sunday. Last year, the race was delayed two hours by rain, stopped after 27 laps by another shower, restarted after a delay of almost two hours and then stopped again for good with 50 miles to go.

Sunday should be partly cloudy, with temperatures probably in the 60s at the start of the race and in the 70s by mid-afternoon, National Weather Service spokesman John Kwiatkowski said Saturday.

``No precipitation during the race,″ he said. ``There will be a slight chance of showers later in the afternoon, only a 20 percent chance, with a weak frontal system coming from the northwest.″

Rain has affected the race 12 times, including five times in the past 20 years.

In 1986, the race was rained out two days and then postponed to the next weekend. The next time was in 1997, when it was rained out the first day, interrupted by rain after 15 laps the next day and finished on the third day. The race also was interrupted or delayed by rain in 2000, 2001 and 2004.

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