Rain has washed out the entire on-track schedule on Saturday at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. In addition, the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Big Machine Vodka 400 at the Brickyard will see its start time moved up to 1 p.m. ET (coverage on NBCSN, IMS Radio Network, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).
The NASCAR Xfinity Series Lilly Diabetes 250 has been moved to Monday morning at 10 a.m. ET with coverage on NBCSN, IMS Radio Network and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.
That means that both series — the Monster Energy Series and the Xfinity Series — will race without any prior track time on the weekend. Friday saw both Xfinity Series practices rained out as well.
Saturday was set to host a full day of track activity with two Monster Energy Series practices, Monster Energy Series Busch Pole Qualifying, NASCAR Xfinity Series qualifying and the NASCAR Xfinity Series Lilly Diabetes 250.
With Xfinity qualifying rained out, the lineup will be set by the rule book — meaning Ryan Blaney will start out front due to the No. 22 team being atop the owner points in the Xfinity Series. The rainout of Monster Energy Series qualifying will also see that field set by the rule book, which puts Kyle Busch at the front of the field.
Sunday’s Monster Energy Series race is the final one of the regular season and will see the final two playoff spots up for grabs. Entering the weekend, Hendrick Motorsports teammates Jimmie Johnson and Alex Bowman hold the final two spots.
The Xfinity Series race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway will use the same aerodynamic package used at this track last season that produced a record number of race leaders (eight) and lead changes (16). The package has already been used this season at Pocono and Michigan. The 2017 Indy-specific package included a taller rear spoiler, use of a restrictor plate (7/8th-inch) and aero ducts (similar to brake duct openings) in an attempt to lessen the aerodynamic advantage enjoyed by the lead car at the 2.5-mile track.
A fleet of 19 units of the Toyota Track Drying Team are on hand to dry the track along with 10 jets and four vacuums.