Ky. Speedway prepares for extreme heat ahead of Quaker State 400


by WHAS11

Posted on June 27, 2012 at 6:20 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jun 27 at 6:22 PM

(WHAS11) -- NASCAR fans will have to deal with extreme temperatures, but major upgrades are in place to help keep your cool.

Race fans get ready to burn some rubber at the Kentucky Speedway. With the weather hitting above the 100 degree mark the next few days, hopefully the worst you'll get is sunburn.

But Brandi Brown and her family can't take a gamble.

"Last year we camped in tents and I got a heat stroke but this year we got a camper with air conditioner and just drank a lot of water and tried to stay cool," Brown said.

The weather will not deter some die-hard NASCAR fans.

"The weather can get dangerous and children and senior citizens and the handicapped like myself love to come to these races," NASCAR Fan, Jim Brown said.

With sizzling hot weather this weekend for the NASCAR Quaker State 400 race on Saturday changes have been made to keep fans from overheating.

New this year, racing fans can bring their own 14-inch cooler and beat the heat next to any of the 20 7’ cooling stations around the grand stands and infield.

First aid stations and emergency officials will be on hand, just in case.

"Anything they can do to keep fans comfortable," Brown said.

With thousands of revved-up fans who missed the race last year, expect major upgrades.

The I-71 exit ramp to Highway 35 was widened to three lanes and Highway 35 to seven lanes. Roughly 20,000 more parking spaces were added as well.

Kentucky State Police will control parking lots by directing 300 attendants newly contracted by the Kentucky Speedway.

It’s all an effort to help many keep their cool.

"We've got the wider roads and pedestrian tunnel and more trans and buses," said Tim Bray with Kentucky Speedway.

For the latest updates check out @KySpeedway on Twitter for up-to-the minute updates.