Indy 500 in the books, but heat isn't a record

May 27, 2012 - 3:00 PM

IPL 500 Festival Parade

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Indianapolis 500 is in the record books, but it won't go down as the hottest race day ever.

The National Weather Service in Indianapolis says the temperature at the end of the race was 91 degrees. That's one degree shy of the race-day record of 92 set in 1937.

Temperatures at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway likely felt warmer. National Weather Service meteorologist Marc Dahmer (day-mer) says the temperature at the speedway likely was higher than the one officially recorded at the city airport because of the amount of pavement, the heat generated by the cars and the number of people gathered in such a small area.

Track officials had spent much of the week warning fans to take precautions against expected highs in the mid-90s.