Fans brave heat for Brickyard quals and Kid Rock
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — NASCAR racing and Kid Rock fans braved the hottest temperatures of the year for the Brickyard 400 qualifications and concert at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Saturday.
“We’ve got a lot of water, been drinking all day,” said Bob Yott.
Yott and his family were at the track for five hours. During that time, the heat index hovered between 100 and 120 degrees. Yott said he drank eight to ten bottles of water to battle the heat.
That’s exactly what IMS Medical Director Dr. Geoff Billows says he wants to see everyone at the track do.
“We don’t want you to get to the point where you’re passing out or fainting,” said Dr. Billows.
But several did.
“We want to make sure that you never reach that point,” said Dr. Billows. “So, you know, don’t wait until you feel thirsty to start drinking water and fluids. Start right away and keep hydrating the entire time you’re out in the heat.”
Medical crews took care of dozens of people who didn’t take care of themselves and consequently suffered from heat stroke and dehydration.
Fortunately, the track’s medical director says there were fewer patients than they were expecting.
“As long as people hydrate well, they keep drinking water and electrolyte solutions the whole time they’re out, they can do well,” said Dr. Billows.
Some race fans say today they had the benefit of the shade. Tomorrow, the Jordanhazy’s won’t be so lucky.
“We are not in the shade tomorrow, but I’m considering wearing a long-sleeve white shirt, just to try to keep some of the sun off,” said Donna Jordanhazy.
Charlie Yott described today as “terrible” and tomorrow, the heat is supposed to be even worse. But he and his father will be back. Both agree Jeff Gordon’s return makes it worth it.
“It’s him being from here in Indiana in Pittsboro,” said Bob Yott. “We actually drive through Pittsboro all the time, so big fans of his. Have been for 25 years.”