Record Heat Impacts NASCAR Race Mar 19, 2017

Spring begins on Monday at 6:28am EST, but if you ask the folks in the Southwest, they will tell you it has felt more like summer this weekend. Several cities over the weekend saw record breaking temperatures. The National Weather Service reported record highs in Arizona, California, Nevada, New Mexico and Utah.

Temperatures at NASCAR’s Camping World 500 in Phoenix, Arizona Sunday were in the mid 90’s, but the in-car temperatures were even hotter. The in-car temperature reached 144 degrees in Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s car. Since stock cars have no air conditioning, drivers were creative when it came to methods to cool off, just like this drive who placed an ice pack in his suit to stay cool.

Drivers use ventilation systems in their seats, floors and helmet to manage the extreme heat. However, that’s mainly used to keep air flowing in the car. The ventilation systems only bring the temperature down about 10 degrees.

Temperatures will be in the 90’s once again Monday, but will begin to cool Tuesday into Wednesday.

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