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Daytona 500 Weather Forecast 2023: What to Expect for Qualifying and Races?


The Daytona 500 is one of the most highly-anticipated events in motorsports, attracting fans and racers from all over the world. But with Florida’s unpredictable weather patterns, it’s important to stay informed about the weather forecast for the big race weekend.

Daytona 500 Qualifying and Races

Here’s everything you need to know about the weather conditions projected for this year’s Qualifying and Races.

Qualifying and Practice Days

According to the weather projection, Wednesday, February 15, will have mainly clear and mild weather with winds at 8pm, gusting up to 15 mph, and only a 3% chance of rain.

However, on Thursday, February 16, there’s a higher chance of rain with partly cloudy and mild conditions and a 84% chance of rain. Winds will be at 8pm, gusting up to 14 mph.

Race Days

The weather forecast for the race days is as follows:

Friday, February 17

Expect sunny weather with some cloudy segments of the day. Winds will range from 10-20 mph with a 24% chance of rain. The Craftsman Truck Series’ NextEra Energy 250 is scheduled to start at 7:30 pm.

Saturday, February 18

The day will start with sunshine and clouds mixed throughout the day with winds ranging from 15-25 mph and a 3% chance of rain. The Xfinity Series’ Beef. It’s What’s For Dinner. 300 is scheduled to start at 5:00 pm.

Sunday, February 19

Meteorologists project that the weather on the day of the Daytona 500 race will be a mix of clouds and sunshine throughout the day, with winds from 10-15 mph and a 20% chance of rain. The race is scheduled to start at 2:30 pm.

What to Wear and Bring

With temperatures expected to be in the mid-60s to mid-80s throughout the weekend, make sure to pack a mix of clothing to accommodate different weather conditions. Bring sunscreen, hats, and sunglasses to protect your skin and eyes from the sun. It’s also a good idea to pack a light raincoat and an umbrella just in case there’s rain.

Plan for the Weather

While we can’t control the weather, we can certainly prepare for it. Keep an eye on the weather forecast leading up to the Daytona 500 weekend and pack accordingly. With these tips, you’ll be ready to enjoy the race weekend no matter what Mother Nature throws your way.


In conclusion, weather can play a major role in NASCAR races, and the Daytona 500 is no exception. While weather forecasts are always subject to change, it’s important to stay informed about the projected weather conditions for the qualifying, practice, and race days of the Daytona 500. By packing appropriately and planning for the weather, fans can fully enjoy the exciting events of the weekend without any unexpected weather surprises.


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