CONCORD, N.C.--More than 100-thousand fans braved tht heat and the traffic to pack the Charlotte Motor Speedway for the Coca Cola 600.
The Monteruil family gathered around the TV in the backseat of their car. Even though they were just a few hundred feet away from the Speedway in the parking lot. "It's exciting. It's still an adrenaline high," said Fort Mill, South Carolina resident Andrea Monteruil.
At the same time North Carolina Transportation workers watched 11 monitors in their control room as roughly 30 workers prepared to redirect traffic for the exodus of drivers leaving the race. "All day long we've really not noticed a backup on any of the roadways," said N.C.D.O.T. Spokeswoman Jen Thompson.
Paramedics say they treated very few heat related injuries. 17-percent of what they expected despite the 80-degree temperatures and humidity. Concord Police say their day was also smooth as they made very few arrests. "We try to work with the fans here and help them make the right decisions and some of them choose to make the wrong decisions," said Concord Police Chief Guy Smith.
While the Monteruil's enjoyed their day: "Watching the race and hearing the sounds," said Hailey Monteruil. "Hear the real sound of it and smell the gas and the rubber burning
and all that," said Jordan Monteruil. They prepared for the nearly three hours troopers say it could take to clear the parking lots. "Pajamas for the kids, special blankets, they're ready to sleep in their car seats, yeah," said Andrea Monteruil.
N.C.D.O.T. said they are already planning for next year's race.