Lightning, rain halts Grand Prix for hours - FOX 13 News

Lightning, rain halts Grand Prix for hours

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ST. PETERSBURG (FOX 13) -

The brakes were put on the St. Petersburg Grand Prix for a few hours Saturday afternoon.
Because of lightning in the area, race organizers stopped the races and evacuated everyone.

Around 12:30p.m. announcers told visitors to find shelter. People huddled inside the Mahaffey Theater and other places as they waited the storm out.
 

"We went to the Mahaffey and waited it out. We stood around talking," said Carson Moffis.

 
It wasn't a boring wait for most. Indy drivers took the time to sign autographs and meets fans inside the theater. Other visitors used the break to eat and explore St.Pete. Many were not deterred by the rain.
 

"It is warm and nice outside. I'll stand in the warm rainy weather. It's better than the cold back home," said Chuck and Robin Ricke.
 

The races resumed a few hours later. A new schedule was posted and the gates remained open until 7:30.
 

Sunday's events will not be affected.

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