Last year’s inaugural Cup Series race at Circuit of The Americas was a soggy mess, with heavy rain pelting the course throughout much of the event and drivers struggling to maintain enough visibility just to be able to race without running off the track or into each other. With conditions continuing to decline and playing a role in multiple accidents, NASCAR eventually made the reasonable decision to call the race 14 laps shy of its scheduled distance.
The good news is that much better weather is expected for Austin, Texas, this weekend when the forecast calls for sunny skies and just a three percent chance of rain. So, hopefully, there won’t once again be a need for windshield wipers and rain tires, which drivers put to full use in their COTA debut one year ago.
“I hope we never do that again,” Roush Fenway Racing driver Chris Buescher said. “Racing in the wet is one thing, and I think as an industry, we pretty much accepted that that was not the correct way to go about it, and I don’t believe we will race in those circumstances ever again. Ultimately, I don’t think anybody was complaining about the track being slick or trying to stay off paint or the pace being slow. Every complaint came down to visibility, and when you can’t see, it’s just flat-out dangerous. That was a very scary situation, probably something that nobody expected. I mean, we obviously didn’t, but we don’t want to have any sort of repeat there.”