Indy 500 in the books, but heat isn’t a record
Published: May 27, 2012 01:23PM
Updated: May 28, 2012 12:00AM
Race fans cross the yard of bricks in front of the Pagoda on their way to their seats before the running of the 96th Indianapolis 500 auto race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Sunday, May 27, 2012. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

Indianapolis • 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.