IMS President Doug Boles is Optimistic on Weather for Sunday's Race

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IMS President Doug Boles is Optimistic on Weather for Sunday's Race

Boles: "Sunset's not until 9:02 in Indiana, so we've got a full day to get the race in if we have to."

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Indianapolis Motor Speedway President Doug Boles is optimistic that 103rd running of The Greatest Spectacle in Racing will take place as scheduled this Sunday despite a less than promising weather forecast.

"We've got a full day to get it in and sunset isn't until 9:02 p.m. in Indiana," Boles told WIBC host Tony Katz. "I feel really good about [our chances for] getting [the race] in."

Boles noted that because weather in the midwest is constantly changing and often difficult to predict, the decision of whether or not to run the race can't be made in advance.

"If we made a decision now, you know the weather is going to change and then we'd have to go back and deal with it," said Boles. "So it is a reality, but we don't let it dictate every thought as we're trying to process through the days."

Provided the weather holds out, Boles told Katz that there are still some scheduling changes set for this year's race.

"We're going to roll green flag at 12:45 p.m. instead of 12:15 p.m. for a couple reasons: one, it helps the West coast viewer have an opportunity to see it." said Boles, "And this is the first year that NBC has covered it, so they want to be able to tell the story," he added.

Coverage of the 103rd running of the Indianapolis 500 kicks off at 5:00 a.m. this Sunday on 93.1 WIBC.

Click the link below to hear Tony's full interview with IMS president Doug Boles.

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