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Daytona winner gives the do's and dont's of racing the superspeedway


With a 50-year racing career coming to an end at Daytona this weekend in the Rolex 24, racing legend Scott Pruett shared a few of his secrets to competing at a high level.

The five-time winner of the event says there are a few keys to running the 24-hour endurance race to ensure a quality performance, according to

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One of the first pointers he shared was for drivers to keep their food simple. He said that eating something you won't taste when you burp is key.


"I've focused on simple foods," Pruett said. "Pastas, stuff that can be good calories."

Staying hydrated is also another key point he drove home when asked about running in the 24 Hours of Daytona.

"As soon as I get out of the car, I'm 10 minutes out of the car, pushing fluids back in," Pruett said.

In addition to eating and drinking properly to be in optimal condition for the race, it's also important to make sure you listen to your body. Pruett said drivers shouldn't be surprised if they get sick, because he's seen it happen to many.


"I've had numerous teammates that have (had) something (that) didn't sit well and got sick," Pruett said. "It's not uncommon for guys to get sick during that race."

Sleep is also another key component of staying fresh for the duration of the endurance race at Daytona.

"For me, I never really sleep," Pruett said. "I consider it nap."

"Ear plugs are a must," Pruett added. "And find something that is at least soft and somewhere it's dark."


Coming from a driver with 50 years of racing experience, he knows his stuff. While the 2018 Rolex 24 will be the last competitive race of his career, it probably won't be the last time we see him.

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