Jimmie Johnson fell prey to heat exhaustion recently. His dehydrated condition led to some serious complications indeed.
Jimmie Johnson spent nearly an hour and a half on the race track at Richmond and then threw in the towel. He was in a dehydrated and exhausted state when he climbed out of his car and lay down on the ground as medical aid came to his rescue.
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He is the fittest driver in all of the NASCAR racing series. When he got out of his car, he got a case of severe cramps. Jimmie held his head in his hands as he doubled over.
The first aid personnel hurried to his side in a jiffy. He was immediately shifted to a care center where he was given all that was possible in the way of amenities and medical healing facilities.
According to Johnson, he felt like he would faint and also felt like he was going to vomit. He confesses that it was a nightmarish moment and that he had learnt from it and would be more careful in the future.
"I was fine when I sat down and when I'd stand up, I'd get queasy," said Johnson. "Scary moment. Hate that it happened. But have to learn from it and make sure it doesn't happen again."
The fact remains that the heat had gotten to him. The sweltering season did have an effect on this otherwise professional and fit race car driver. He just couldn’t take the pressure anymore and collapsed from heat exhaustion in the end.
"There's something that went wrong," 38-year-old NASCAR racer said. "I felt I came in more hydrated. We'll have to make sure all the fans and stuff were working in the car. It didn't feel like my helmet fan was working, so that definitely could be the cause of the issue. But maybe I did this all on purpose, so I didn't have to go to the stage."
Most drivers use various methods to maintain the mean temperature in the cockpit of their cars. But whether Jimmie used any means of cooling down the interior of his dragster is a moot point.
Sometimes the temperatures can reach as high as 140 degrees and that creates a hellish internal environment. Precautions ought to be taken in order to counter the heat.
"I know there were a couple times when I felt like I was cramping a little bit as well," said Jeff Gordon, who finished second in the race. "They were long green-flag runs and it's really hard to do (stay hydrated)."
One method of beating the heat is via drinking cold energy drinks with electrolytes in them. Lucozade comes to mind. Other than that, by wearing light clothes and ensuring sufficient ventilation the pressure cooker effect could be avoided.
Johnson can also miss today's final round of the Jimmie Johnson Foundation Wellness Challenge series. "I had a light week of training" for the event, he said.
"I was well rested, the nutrition and all that was there. It's really bizarre that I got hit as hard as I did tonight with dehydration. So we'll have to dig and see what happened."
Jimmie Johnson will definitely be much more careful and cautious in the future. His life depends on it.
Thanks for all of the messages. I'm feeling much better thanks to the great staff in the Infield Care Center.— Jimmie Johnson (@JimmieJohnson) September 7, 2014
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