Indianapolis Motor Speedway officials are preparing for the excessive heat this weekend by installing dozens of misting stations at the track for the 96th Indianapolis 500.
If the current forecast holds, temperatures could reach around 94 degrees during the race Sunday with a 100 degree heat index, which factors in humidity. That would shatter the previous race day record of 92 degrees set in 1937, and it could also break a 101-year record for the day.
In addition to the stations and tents, IMS will have cooling busses on location. One bus will be parked on the north end and one on the south end of the track in the infield. Officials said the exact locations of those busses will be set on Saturday.
If the heat proves to be too much, as it did for many when temperatures approached 90 degrees the past two years, the in-field hospital and surrounding medical stations will be ready. The IMS medical staff is already anticipating treating more than 1,000 people for heat-related illness on Race Day.
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Misting stations at Indy 500 help keep fans cool
If the current forecast holds, temperatures could reach around 94 degrees during the race Sunday with a 100 degree heat index, which factors in humidity.
Misting stations locations (May 24, 2012)