Weight reduction is critical when the goal is to make race cars go faster. For professional racers, every tiny bit we can shave from the car's weight is beneficial. This means we can carry only a small supply of water, usually around 16 to 20 ounces. Any more would add too much weight. We spend two hours or more in the race car, so it's vital to make what we drink as effective as possible.
During a two- or three-hour race, a driver can lose up to 10 pounds of water, and if he is not replenishing, it can hurt his performance. During longer races, such as the Rolex 24 at Daytona International Speedway, drivers take shifts inside the car. It's common to see them receiving fluids from an IV while waiting for their turn to get back behind the wheel. Nutritionists who help drivers during races make sure they hydrate with the correct fluids.
Check out my important hydration tips and facts, and watch this video for an in-depth discussion of hydration.
- When you become dehydrated, it can take hours or even days to fully recover.
- Sodium helps move fluid freely through the body and sweats out during physical activity.
- A lack of sodium in the body is a major contributor to dehydration.
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