Gatorade Beat the Heat: Jimmie Johnson Rides Watkins Glen
As part of the Gatorade Beat the Heat program, Hendrick Motorsports driver Jimmie Johnson gave a behind-the-scenes look at what goes into a race weekend for him and the Hendrick Motorsports 48 pit crew team on-site at the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race in Watkins Glen, N.Y. The sport of NASCAR has evolved over the years; now, drivers and their crew members make fitness, nutrition and hydration a big part of their preparation and routine to gain an edge on their competition.
Johnson specifically has adopted the sport of triathlon to help refine his car driving skills; endurance training both physically and mentally prepares him for the intensity of a race. Each race weekend, Johnson bikes and runs several miles between practice, qualifiers and the race to keep in top shape for driving his car. The NASCAR community has developed a group of crew members and drivers (approximately 15-20 people) who gather each race weekend for a long cycling ride, around 60 miles, to take in the surrounding area.
In its 11th year, the Gatorade Beat the Heat program is an educational program that teaches youth athletes the importance of heat safety and staying hydrated during the hot summer months. Aside from the outside temperatures, inside the car it can reach upwards of 100 degrees Fahrenheit during a race and the heat suits worn by drivers and crew members can result in them losing up to six pounds from sweat in a day. In order to maximize race-day performance, hydration is a key factor in the sport of NASCAR.
In addition to above, the full video is available on Gatorade's YouTube page: Jimmie Johnson Rides Watkins Glen
Visit www.Gatorade.com for additional information on hydration and heat safety for athletes.
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