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Drivers preparing for hottest ever Indianapolis 500 in searing heat

Indianapolis 500, 2012IndyCar drivers are preparing for what could be the hottest Indy 500 on record, with temperatures of 35.C forecast for today's race.

Currently, the warmest Indy 500 in history was in 1937, when Wilbur Shaw withstood 33.8.C to take his victory, however reigning series champion Dario Franchitti believes that the conditions will pose more of a problem for the crews than the drivers.

"The forecast is in the mid-90s [mid-30s celsius]," said the Ganassi driver. "We've been looking at that for weeks, so weve known what were setting up for. Its definitely going to be slippery, but it will be the same for everybody out there in those conditions. It will be hard for the pit crews, who have to keep their focus in that heat. We drivers have the advantage of 220mph air conditioning, and they dont."

The temperature at the circuit was in the high 20s at 9am local time, three hours before the scheduled start.

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