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Indy 500 2012: Record Heat On Tap For Weekend Race

Records are made almost annually at the Indianapolis 500. In fact, any time speed gets factored into a sporting event, it becomes hard to avoid talk of records. This year's Indy 500 could have another record, albeit one fans and drivers could probably stand to do without. The weather forecast calls for intense heat, and high temperatures are now expected to climb well into the 90s.

The Weather Channel reports that a dome of high pressure is creeping into the Ohio Valley, and it should settle over Indianapolis this weekend. The record high for the race is 92, recorded in 1937. The last time the high temperature at the race hit 90 or better was in 1978.

Blistering heat can have an impact on the drivers and their cars. Reduced traction, less efficient engines and melting drivers can all impact the outcome of the race.

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