Huge crowd, hot weather has IMS medical staff ramping up for race weekend

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -  The huge crowd along and hot and humid weather expected for the race this weekend has medical personnel staff ramping up efforts to keep everyone safe this weekend.

"We staff to cover for the potential number of patients or spectators we might,” said Indianapolis Motor Speedway Medical Director Dr. Geoffrey Billows.

Dr. Billows and the staff at the track are not taking any chances when it comes to treating drivers and fans.

“We have staffed up this year and we staff up when we think it’s gonna be hot or humid like it probably will be this year.”

Extra nurses and doctors will be on hand at the IU Health Infield Care Center.

There will also be 15 first aid stations around the property and 17 full-size ambulances will take care of spectators.

There are also eight golf cart ambulances and 7 mobile teams roaming the IMS grounds.

With temperatures expected to hover in the high 80's, fans will be looking for ways to stay cool.

“There will be two cooling tents, there are also 85 misting stations around the property," said Dr. Billows.

Fans are reminded to stay hydrated throughout the day with non-alcoholic and low-sugar beverages.

With 100 years of experience holding a race that’s attended by ten's of thousands of fans during the month of May in Indiana weather, the medical staff at IMS say they have a good idea on how to take care of fans.

“I think if I recall correctly, the worst year we had we saw approximately 1500 people and we managed. I think that whatever comes our way we’ll be able to take care of," said Dr. Billows.

Typically, the infield care center and the first aid stations see about 500-600 people on race day.

If a specter has a serious medical need, they are transferred to a downtown hospital.