(NEWTON, Iowa – July 17, 2015) – With the heat index expected to reach 100 degrees this afternoon at Iowa Speedway, ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards drivers and teams are already taking precautions to stay ahead of the heat.
“We’ve talked about it as a team,” said series point leader Grant Enfinger, driver of the No. 23 Allegiant Travel Chevrolet. “We just need everyone to stay hydrated. We don’t need anything to happen to any of our crew during the race.”
The #ThisIsMySpeedway150 will not go green until after 8 p.m. CT. However, throughout the day in Iowa, temperatures are expected to be extremely hot as drivers and teams practice (11:15 a.m.) and qualify (4 p.m.).
“We take it serious,” said Josh Williams, driver of the No. 6. “I told everyone on my team to drink a lot of water. I don’t drink any soda and we talked about making sure they drink water and not soda today especially.”
Iowa track officials said the ARCA race in 2012 was the hottest day for race at the .875-mile speedway to date. Williams said his team experienced no problems, but it’s because they were prepared.
“It gets hot inside the race car and it was hot that day,” he said. “We didn’t have any problems. Everyone just has to be aware.”
Bo LeMastus, in the No. 42 Crosley Radio Dodge, raced last weekend in Nashville in a late model car. He said the temperatures were above 100 degrees.
“It was really hot, a lot like today,” he said. “I already drink a lot of water. I’ll drink even more today.”
As of 11 a.m., Newton – the home of Iowa Speedway – had a temperature of 84 degrees with a “Real Feel” index of 105 degrees.
Iowa Speedway track general manager Jimmy Small reminded everyone in the drivers meeting to be aware of their surroundings and the heat.
“Stay cool,” he said. “It’s going to be a very hot day.”