NASCAR’s Landon Cassill turns Indy into science experiment

INDIANAPOLIS, IN — Landon Cassill’s 26th place finish in Sunday’s Crown Royal Jeff Kyle 400 at the Brickyard was his 7th best result of the season and his 3rd best at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Nothing to write home about really. Just some solid work on NASCAR’s top level.

What happened behind the scenes, though, could go a long way to show what drivers go through during a 400 mile Sprint Cup race.

Cassill decided to see how much weight he would lose through sweat during the hot race at Indy, starting with this tweet Sunday morning.

That was posted at 2:52 p.m., less than an hour before the race. After covering 160 laps, here were the results.

Cassill went on to explain that he lost 10% of his body weight during the race, gaining 5% of it back through fluid intake. He would like to stay closer to 3%, but the 26-year-old seemed no worse for wear.

Cassill, the driver of the No. 40 car, took in 1,100 calories, 1,978 milligrams of sodium, 264 grams of carbohydrates, and 572 milligrams of Potassium during the Brickyard 400.

One fan asked him how long it takes to get back to his pre-race weight. His response: “As soon as I eat dinner and drink 2 beers.”

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