Among men, it’s not uncommon for them to get so focused on the task at hand that they lose control of their bodily functions. But when you’re out running about 100 miles per hour in a circle while tearing up sheet metal along the way, you’ve got to hold it together a lot better than that or risk being replaced by a younger, faster driver.
However, the fact is that racing drivers have been wearing diapers to protect themselves from embarrassment and even death for decades now. More recently, several top NASCAR racers have begun admitting publicly to wearing both disposable and reusable diapers under their driving suits.
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It was reported last week that Jeff Gordon’s under-garments were seen flapping beneath his fire suit after he had apparently lost control of his bowels while racing at Texas Motor Speedway. Mr. Gordon has now come out and explained that this is not an uncommon occurrence for drivers who are pushing their cars to the limit over extended periods of time.
“It’s really not that big of a deal.” Gordon told reporters. “I just can’t win without losing sometimes, you know? On one hand I had to wear the diaper because if I had an ‘accident’ on the track, it would be disastrous for my career. But on the other hand, now everyone knows that it’s true that I wear diapers. And I really don’t want that kind of attention.”
NASCAR drivers wear diapers to avoid having to make pit stops during the race
Gordon is not alone in his wearing of adult diapers. Fellow drivers Jimmie Johnson, Dale Earnhardt Jr., and Kyle Busch have all admitted to wearing diapers during races at times. NASCAR officials claim that there is nothing illegal about the practice, but it must be approved by their sanctioning body before any driver can wear one during a race.
“Yeah, I mean, if you really think about it, it’s actually pretty smart.” Johnson said. “Think about how much time we save by not having to make pit stops. Sure, our fans don’t like it when they find out that drivers are wearing diapers during races because of all the confusion and crashes that result from drivers not making stops, but…well…it has to be done. I mean hell, if all of the drivers are wearing them then it’s really not that big of a deal.”
The diapers are made by a company called Depends and
absorb liquid and odor while keeping embarrassing stains off of the driving suit. Drivers can go about four hours before having to change their diapers, which they do in “clean rooms” located near the race track. After changing into a clean diaper, drivers are handed a baby wipe to ensure that they remain sanitary and free of unwanted odors for the remainder of the race.
“It’s a pretty good system actually.” Johnson said. “I mean, sure, we have to wear these stupid diapers under our fireproof driving suits and then change into a clean diaper just as quickly as possible so that we can avoid smelling up the inside of our cars with any nasty odors from previous ‘accidents’…but it’s really not that big of a deal.”
Drivers began using the diapers in 2007, and they have been very successful since
. They have allowed drivers to focus more on driving and less on their bodily functions, which has helped increase the safety of racing as a whole by decreasing the number of crashes that result from drivers having to pull off of the track during races.
In other news, NASCAR officials also announced that drivers wearing the diapers would no longer have to pay the $100 fine that had been imposed on them for each incident of having an “accident” in their driving suits while racing during a race. Instead, they will be assessed a $25 fine for each time they make a pit stop during the race in order to change their diapers.