With temperatures outside nearing the 90-degree mark in Indianapolis and deep into the 100s inside the cockpit of his No. 5 Farmers Insurance Chevrolet, it makes sense that Kasey Kahne was feeling hot and tired after his big win at the Brantley Gilbert Big Machine Records Brickyard 400. Exhausted and dehydrated, yet exhilarated, Kasey took his spot between his car and a Monster Energy girl to field questions about his victory.
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But Kasey was still in his long-sleeve fire resistant driving suit and was in dire need of hydration. Even though he was doing his best to speak with the NASCAR reporter, Kasey was cramping.
It finally got the best of him and he grabbed his knees asking for a drink. Then even standing became too much and he had to sit down next to his car. His crew chief, Keith Rodden, rushed to his driver, fanned the hovering crowd away and began peeling that fire suit off of Kasey.
Fortunately, Kasey recovered quickly and was able to continue his celebration, which included the traditional “kiss the bricks” photo with his race team. However, according to USA Today, he did receive intravenous fluids in the infield medical center.
This was Kasey’s first win at the Brickyard 400 after several close calls. In 2018, the race is set to be run in September and, according to the track’s website, will mark the end of regular season racing.