Crossfit Keeps This Endurance Race Champion Super Fit

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24 Hours of Daytona winner Joey Hand tells us how he preps for the big race

Last year, Joey Hand pushed a Ford GT to class victory at IMSA’s 24 Hours of Daytona race. The Chip Ganassi driver of the number 66 car cinched his latest victory with Ford’s new supercar, adding another notch to his lengthy win column. Hand’s topped the podium at Daytona twice, bested his class at the 12 Hours of Sebring twice, and secured a class win at Le Mans in 2016.

Endurance racing has a different set of demands on a driver, both physically and mentally. While the IMSA race lasts 24 hours at the Daytona International Speedway, the drivers are spending anywhere between three and four hours behind the wheel per stint. They swap with teammates—Dirk Mueller, in Hand’s case—get some rest and repeat. During an average turn, a driver can lose up to 6 pounds from sweating. They’ve got to stay hydrated, keep their energy up, and make sure the mind doesn’t wander during an early morning shift.

How does Hand stay in peak shape for the demands of endurance racing? Crossfit, for the physical stuff, and smart nutrition choices. We caught up with the champion in the garages to hear how the 38-year-old stays racer fit.

(Take a hot lap with Hand at the wheel of the Ford GT here.)

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