Facing Extreme Conditions
NTT IndyCar Series driver Tony Kanaan was evaluated at the Gatorade Sports Science Institute in Barrington, Ill., for a “sweat test.” Kanaan, considered an endurance athlete because of the time focused on his physical activity, was evaluated for his sweat loss, sweat rate, sweat electrolyte content, body weight change (he was weighed before and afterward) and drinking behavior.
Such information could help Kanaan – and other drivers – improve hydration, avoid dehydration and support mental and physical performance on the track.
Why? Because NTT IndyCar Series drivers are subject to extreme forces and conditions while in a race car. Physical conditioning is critical as a means of adapting to the effects that racing has on the human body.
Here are some of the factors that affect the human body during race events: