Why You Should Be Measuring the Biometric Data of Heart Rate During Racing

The thrill of racing! Of course you know it. You feel it every time you climb inside your race car.

Monitoring and measuring real-time biometric data, such as heart rate, can help you determine your optimum level of performance and minimize the stress on your body. But do you know how your body reacts to that thrill? If you could monitor your physical reactions and overlay them with your car data to better understand where and why the reactions occur, imagine how you might be able to improve your lap times.

During times of high stress -- think how nervous you get turning into corner three, not to mention the physical stress from powerful G-forces -- your heart speeds up dramatically. To meet the heightened demand on your heart, your cardiac output, which is the volume of blood pumped out by the heart, has to increase. This increase in cardiac output can be sustained for a short period of time; however, the output can’t keep up with the demand, thereby resulting in physical and mental fatigue.

When you pair your biometric data with your data logger, you can better understand what is causing the stress – is it traffic, a difficult turn, fatigue, dehydration, increased body temperature?  From there, for instance, you can tailor your training to your target heart rate zone; practice more effective breathing techniques to use during uncertain driving conditions; and continuously monitor and measure the effects of your training.

If you learn how to predict the stress triggers, you can potentially ration your reserves in those high stress situations.

Why racing drivers need to measure their heart rates

Sally Fitzpatrick
Sally Fitzpatrick


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