A scorching Indy 500

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A heat advisory has been in effect for much of the midwest over the weekend, including the Indianapolis area.

It had the potential to be the hottest Indy 500 on record, with forecast temperatures in the low and mid 90s.  The hottest race so far in Indy 500 history is 92° from 1937.

However, the actual high for Indianapolis Sunday reached 91°, tying for the second hottest race on record.  It was also the first race with a high of 90° or hotter since 1978.

The stats for the race are taken from the official station in Indianapolis.  Temperatures on the actual track were much hotter.

 

Here are the top 20 warmest/hottest Indy 500’s on record:

YEAR HIGH

  • 1937 92
  • 1953 91
  • 1919 91
  • 1978 90
  • 1977 90
  • 2010 89
  • 2006 89
  • 1929 89
  • 1934 88
  • 1988 87
  • 1972 87
  • 1921 87
  • 1913 87
  • 2009 86
  • 1941 86
  • 1995 85
  • 1985 85
  • 1980 85
  • 1975 85
  • 1956 85