Last weekend, Team Chevy NASCAR driver Jimmie Johnson had an untimely health scare toward the tail end of the Federated Auto Parts 400, braving severe cramping and dizziness on the track. Ultimately, the young driver struggled to finish eighth, and collapsed upon exiting his car.
The reason for the health scare? Dehydration, caused by a helmet-cooling system fault. “The team found an issue with the cooling system for my helmet,” said Johnson. “Basically, it was blowing warm air. It’s nice to have a good idea as to what went wrong and why I got so hot in the race car.”
The team plans to correct the issue by simply switching back to their previous cooling system, at least for now. As for his recovery, Johnson was treated on-site at the track with fluids, and appears to be back on his feet, and in good spirits.
The nature of the incident meant that the driver was not able to participate in his own charitable foundation’s triathlon last Sunday, but the scare changes nothing for his Sprint Cup plans. He enters the Chase fourth in the standings.