Reapply sunscreen for protection at the race

Don't bake at the race

Memorial Day weekend in Indianapolis calls for sunshine and racing.

After a long day outside at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, many return home from the track with sunburns atop their heads, shoulders and feet. Those sunburns cause premature wrinkles and sunspots that can lead to cancer. Just one blistering sunburn before the age of 20 doubles your lifetime risk for melanoma.

So, in coordination with Outrun the Sun, the IMS is going the extra mile to help protect Indy500 fans from the sun this year. Outrun the Sun will be at the IMS to help race fans reduce their risks for sunburns with a sun safety education program. And as race fans enter IMS many will receive UV wristbands (that change color when exposed to sunlight) as a reminder to reapply sunscreen and put on their hats and sunglasses.

“The Indianapolis 500 is the largest one-day sporting event in the world and our initiative with IMS stands to be the greatest single-day sun safety education program ever established,” says Anita Day, Outrun the Sun executive director. "We are grateful to IMS and IndyCar for recognizing the importance of sun safety and also for taking a lead in helping keep race fans sun safe.”

Josef Newgarden, who drives for our partners at Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing is a spokesperson for Outrun the Sun.

“I’ve heard many stories about people leaving the track really scorched after sitting in the stands all day," said Newgarden. "I’m glad to be part of this program that encourages race fans to protect their skin. I have a friend who is a melanoma survivor and I can tell you that it is much easier to prevent this disease than it is to treat it. No sunburn, or tan, is worth the risk of getting skin cancer.”

Reapply before you fry

Apply sunscreen before being exposed to the sun and reapply every two hours for the best protection. Look for these factors in your sunscreen:

  • SPF 30  
  • "Broad-spectrum" to protect from both UVA and UVB rays 
  • Water-resistant

If you feel yourself beginning to burn, take a quick break under the shade, slop on some more sunscreen and slap on a shirt or hat for extra coverage.

Learn more

Visit our skin cancer website for more sun safety tips and find out how to get screened for skin cancer.