First ever in its 54-tear Daytona 500 suspends by NASCAR, according to reports of several international news sites on Sunday, February 26, 2012, Daytona Beach, Florida.
Reports said, Daytona International Speedway was saturated by heavy rain and NASCAR has no choice but to suspend The Great American Race.
After spending more than four hours by NASCAR officials the famed track looks thirstier and they had little best choice but to call it a day and decided for reschedule.
Daytona 500 suspension will be aired on Fox and race rescheduled Monday noon.
“This is one of the toughest things for us drivers,” pole-sitter Carl Edwards said. “It’s now who can really stay focused. That’s not just the drivers, that’s the pit crews, the crew chiefs, everyone, the officials. But I think we’ll be just fine.”
“The longer runway we have tomorrow to get in the Daytona 500, the greater the likelihood for us to start and finish the event on Monday,” NASCAR spokesman Kerry Tharp said. “There are certainly a lot of considerations that go into the start time decision, and we believe scheduling it for noon gives us the best opportunity for us to get the race in tomorrow.”
Reports added eight previous Daytona 500s have endured rain delays, the latest in 2009. But never before had storms forced NASCAR‘s premier event to be moved.