Most of the drivers don’t use the diaper while racing. It depends mostly on some factors such as the driver mostly, the type of race and weather outside. This is because drivers go to the bathroom before the race. Drivers also use salt tablets to avoid dehydration so the drivers don’t have enough urine left to use a diaper.
Do NASCAR drivers really wear a diaper and poop?
After hearing some of the interviews after a race, a perception is built that they constantly wear diapers. It seems childish to expose drivers in a public place but the fact is NASCAR drivers do wear diapers.
This question is frequently asked about the racers. Drivers have to take drinks during driving because the inner temperature is almost 130 degrees Fahrenheit. The driver’s coat is also designed in such a way that they wear underwear underneath a thick fire suit and the inner temperature is almost 120+ Fahrenheit. Luckily, most of the liquid is expelled in the form of sweat and very little will be left in a bladder.
NASCAR is not a short race. On larger tracks, the average speed is 150-200 mph. Distance is almost 200-600 miles. So without pee, they would have to drive for almost 3 to 4 hours. The amount of sweating they expel would mean there is little need to pee especially as most of the racers before starting a race go to toilets and make sure that they are empty.
There is a risk of wearing a diaper during races. If the diaper is made up of natural fiber it will also catch fire. If unfortunately, the car catches fire during a race, the only protection is the fire-retard suit, long undershirts and pants, helmet, socks, balaclava, and shoes.
So there is no way that some of the drivers would like to put themselves at stake. Drivers will only have a few seconds to get out of the car. If you are wearing a diaper and it has something to soak urine and it is not fire retardant than it can be a danger for life. If drivers have to pee in the middle of the race they would do it on the car seat. As the temperature inside the car is too high it will evaporate by the end of the race.
Where does the water go?
Drivers drink lots of water, energy drinks, and Coca Cola for sponsorship to stay hydrated for long times. So, where does all that water goes? Some will expel in the sweat and rest will go in the pee. Some drivers don’t like to wear diapers because their coatis designed in such a way that it can absorb a lot of liquid. So they tend to release their pee inside that coat. You can observe it by yourself. When drivers came out of the car after the race, they are really wet because of sweat and urine from racing for almost more than 4 hours in extremely hot conditions.
This high-temperature results in the loss of a lot of liquid in the form of sweat. So their body cannot produce enough urine that can cause serious issues for the drivers. There are some stops during the race they can take drinks if needed. It is observed that most of the drivers even lose 5-10 lbs during a 500 miles race in the summer. This loss of weight is because of the loss of fluid. So the drivers tend to keep a urine bag that they can wear during a race. Most preferably they do it in the suit.
According to Bobby Ray Ellison, a senior member of Jeff Gordon’s pit crew, “You’re driving for several hours, lap after lap after lap, in a hot car, keeping yourself hydrated. You can hold it in for only so long. And what are you gonna do, take 30 seconds to hit the head when races are decided by milliseconds? Hell no. You’re gonna pee in your pants, which are specially equipped to absorb up to two quarts of urine.”.
According to other drivers, they never witness a driver wearing a diaper during the race. Drivers do go to the bathroom before the start of a race and it would seem funny to have urine inside the pants, especially when you are earning a handsome amount for a race. Nevertheless, it is hard for anybody to know about what you have done inside your suit. A fire suit will remove the evidence nicely.
Furthermore, it is more important not to have a beer before a race. That can result in excessive urine and will be creating problems during the race. Drivers have drinks available with them but they focus on driving they don’t even have time to drink water. If you want to control the urine for 2 to 3 hours you are creating problems for yourself. It can result in some serious medical issues. So drivers never ever do that or wear diapers or do that in your driving suit.
No one cares about the fire-retard coat or car if it was wet. They can be cleaned after a race, so if you are not wearing a diaper, you can pee on your car seat.
After listening to all the interviews and thoughts of racers it can be concluded that it is not necessary that every NASCAR driver wears a diaper. It is the choice of a racer. He can either wear a diaper or he wants to use his firesuit to get the job done. But those racers who are aware of the diaper material don’t want to put their lives at stake. Diaper’s fiber can catch fire and they can lose their lives.
So, most of the NASCAR drivers tend to urine inside the fire suit if needed. There is too much heat inside the car that it will evaporate all the urine by the time race ends. There will be no evidence of urine on your suit as well. All the water will be expelled in the sweat. The body will not have enough water to produce urine. There will a little bit of urine left. During driving, the focus is on the destination so these little things can be ignored.