Upon arriving at the track I was told the whole team, which consisted of Ivan Ramirez, Eric Yorba, Jesse Zeigler, Skyler Howes, Brad Baker, and myself would be subject to cognitive tests before and after the race. To my surprise, these tests were anything but easy, they started with simple balance tests where we were asked to stand on our non-dominate foot, put our hands on our hips and close our eyes for 20 seconds. This was followed up by similar balance tests on and off of a foam mat before we moved on to the Cranial Nerve, memory and reaction time tests. The Cranial Nerve tests systematically examine functions that are associated with identified anatomy in the brain and spinal cord. The examination focuses on twelve large nerves, called the cranial nerves, which arise from groups of cells called nuclei in the brainstem. These cranial nerves serve narrowly defined functions such as reflexive eye blinking and movement of the tongue during chewing. These tests basically consisted of doctors looking into our eyes, holding a light, and moving our heads back and forth while we focused our eyes on a fixed point. The last two tests were the hardest, epically to someone, like myself, who hadn’t taken any tests (aside from enduro specials) in years. We were shown charts, one had 1-10 and below that were symbols that represented each number. We were then only given the symbols and told to fill in the blank boxes with the numbers that the symbols represented. Let me tell you, this sounds easy but man it can make you feel less than brilliant. Then final test was reaction time, we were told to hold our finger on an orange dot (on an iPad) and when the green dot appeared we were supposed to touch the green dot then return our finger to the orange dot which was fairly easy.