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Drivers, too, are making big plans to stay hydrated on what could be the hottest race in 500 history. The forecast is calling for temperatures in the mid-90s. The record of 92 degrees on race day was set in 1937.

“Indy is always a physical race and I think three hours in that kind of heat will be a real test,” Franchitti said.

And not just for the drivers.

The new cars have yet to race on an oval, and the new engines have yet to go 500 miles on race day, either.

Add a slick track and the unseasonably hot temperatures at Indianapolis to the mix, and nobody knows what to expect Sunday.

“You have to hydrate before the race,” Tony Kanaan said. “Nobody knows the reliability of the cars and the engines because it’s a new car and we’ve only got four races in and none of those are on ovals.”


NEW LIGHTS CAR: IndyCar’s developmental series, Indy Lights, plans to debut a new car in 2014.

Series officials said Friday that potential manufacturers have already received a request to make their proposal for new engines and new chassis, and that formal applications must be submitted by June 30.

The new cars are expected to have a more contemporary design with a chassis that can compete on road and street courses as well ovals with minimal parts changes, chassis that are safer and accommodate more drivers and different seating positions, improved aerodynamic performance and the ability to use alternative fuels.

Some of the graduates of the Indy Lights Series starting in Sunday’s race include 2011 champion Josef Newgarden, 2009 champion JR Hildebrand, three-time Freedom 100 winner Wade Cunningham and Hinchcliffe.


THE WINNER IS: Colombia’s Sebastian Saavedra missed out on his bid to win both races in Indy this weekend. Saavedra, the Indy Lights points leader, finished fifth after starting 10th.

A bold move late in the Freedom 100 gave Esteban Guerrieri the lead and the Argentine held on to win a crash-marred Indy Lights race Friday in Indianapolis.

The developmental series race was largely run in packs and included a wild early melee that brought out a red flag, stopping the race because of damage to a barrier. Another hard hit late in the race brought out a yellow that did not give rookie Carlos Munoz a chance to catch Guerrieri.

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