Believe it or not, it’s that time in Indy again. Time for racecar drivers and racing fans from all over the world to flock to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the greatest spectacle in racing, the Indy 500. We at SVSP are proud to be working with 1/3 of the drivers on the starting grid and SEVEN pit crews!
Drivers participating in the 500 have been gearing up for weeks with rigorous training and preparation. Having worked with elite drivers like Tony Kanaan, over the years we have developed a high performance-training program that is required for these drivers to achieve peak performance when they hit the track.
Racing requires a different set of strengths and skills than any other sport. Therefore, a racer’s training regimen must be specially designed to withstand the conditions unique to racing.
The main things that racecar drivers need to focus on in training are endurance, strength and posture. Racing is extremely exhausting due to the tight driving positions with seat belts, heavy control appliances, not to mention the extreme heat they experience from the heavy safety clothing and helmet. Also, the G-forces, vibrations and shocks can take a toll on not only the muscles but also the skeletal system, so a strong core and postural stabilization for drivers is a must.
In order to ensure our drivers are fit to perform at their peak in these conditions, we complete a fitness analysis testing them in six areas on various aspects of their strength, endurance, posture and overall health.
The first of these assessments is the Functional Movement Screen. This is designed to locate any weak links in the driver’s movement pattern. Having a weak link in movement patterns can result in a decrease in performance as well as possible serious injury. With this test, we are able to identify what movements need to be improved so we can work towards greater movement efficiency and decrease the chances of injury.
Two other important tests are the YMCA Bench Press and the Horizontal Pull-Up, which focus on upper body strength and endurance.
The YMCA Bench Press measures the driver’s upper body muscular endurance and strength, two very important components to a driver being able to finish a race strong.
The Horizontal Pull-Up test measures not only strength and endurance, but also stability and balance of the back muscles, shoulders and spine, which are particularly useful in steering.
With the feedback from each of the six screening tests, we are able to build unique and custom programs for each client’s individual needs. After assessing the drivers and addressing their fitness needs, they are ready to compete with confidence and a cutting edge. Ladies and gentleman, start your engines!