MIS prepares for hot weather, races

BROOKLYN, MI (Toledo News Now) – The mercury and speedometers in Brooklyn are rising at Michigan International Speedway. With more warm weather on track for race weekend, fans will need to make sure they keep things cool.

It is definitely hot and steamy in the infield and on the track, but paramedics are prepared to help, should anyone get too hot.

MIS officials are expecting thousand of visitors to take advantage of the roaring excitement and gorgeous weather. Temperatures this weekend are expected to be near 90.

Doctors on hand said that race fans are not just dealing with the heat from the sun, but also reflective heat from the aluminum bleachers and asphalt. Officials said they realize a heat-related medical emergency could happen at any time and any place, but they are prepared.

"We have about 45 paramedics ready to respond, which have an ambulance associated with each of the first aid stations, and we have five first aid stations, plus the infield care center," said Dr. John Maino.

Maino said he and his staff realize the weekend is a big party for race enthusiasts and there will be drinking. However, he advised it is best to balance alcohol with water and juice since alcohol dehydrates.

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