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Old 06-03-2010, 02:54 PM
 
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NASCAR to me isn't really athletic, so i wanted to know what the nation thought?
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Old 06-03-2010, 03:06 PM
 
Location: Cook County
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Awesome that you made this in the basketball forum.
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Old 06-03-2010, 03:09 PM
 
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Moved this thread to auto racing. Someone please and thank you.
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Old 06-03-2010, 03:16 PM
 
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moved!
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Old 06-03-2010, 07:01 PM
 
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I believe it is. Because you have to be physically fit to be in the cars, you have to be fit enough to not weigh down the car, and with the excessive heat inside the car puts strain on the body while going at anywhere from 150-200 MPH at any time.

As Darrell Waltrip once said, sit in a car in a sweater and with the heater full blast for 3 hours and gripping the steering wheel the whole time, then you'll know what it is like.

^^I know it isn't the actual quote, but it is the gist of it.
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Old 06-03-2010, 08:47 PM
 
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I believe it is. Because you have to be physically fit to be in the cars, you have to be fit enough to not weigh down the car, and with the excessive heat inside the car puts strain on the body while going at anywhere from 150-200 MPH at any time.

As Darrell Waltrip once said, sit in a car in a sweater and with the heater full blast for 3 hours and gripping the steering wheel the whole time, then you'll know what it is like.

^^I know it isn't the actual quote, but it is the gist of it.
I will disagree with you on that level because all drivers are not created equal. You have someone who is every fit like Mark Martin who is short and probably optimal stock car material then you have someone like Micheal Waltrip who was around 6'5".
My definition of an activity that is not a sport is one that that can be done very well by anyone with sucess and minimal conditioning/training
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Old 06-04-2010, 08:17 AM
 
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Moved this thread to auto racing. Someone please and thank you.
Relax it was a mistake!!!1
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Old 06-04-2010, 09:11 AM
 
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I'm a race car driver.

Especially in the more powerful and faster classes of the sport, it is like running a marathon as your heart beats about 180 beats a minute sometimes. There is an incredible amount of G your body gets put under as racing cars way exceed what people experience in road cars. There is also tons of vibration, noise and heat. I can lose 5 pounds in one afternoon and I am completely soaked through with sweat, not to mention bruising as well. At the same time your body is being pummeled you have to have 100% concentration with what you are doing.

Essentially you have to train like any other pro athlete with a lot of concentration on things like your neck muscles. I train about 10 hours a week but I need more.

I know on tv it looks like you are just sitting there, but that isn't the case.

I see it all the time as I have done a quite a few instruction days with people that have never been on a racetrack. They've been playing their video games and watching on tv and it all looks so simple, turning the steering wheel a bit, flicking the gear lever. And then they get on track and reality sets in and they don't like it. Back to video games they go.

As I always tell newbies, with motor sport there is the fantasy of it and then there is the reality.
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Old 06-04-2010, 12:09 PM
 
Location: Upstate
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Relax it was a mistake!!!1
Actually the first mistake you made was you did not do a simple search to find a seven page thread already on this subject... I'm sure you will find the answer to your commonly asked question there:

Auto Racing,a sport?
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Old 06-04-2010, 12:41 PM
 
Location: Charlotte, N.C. area
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It isn't all physical.

Using you brain.............ability to think quickly and react accordingly............ it is all part of being an athlete.

Race car drivers ARE athletes!
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