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Do You Think Racing Is A Sport?
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74 / M / Florida, US
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Posted 2/17/08

revolutionofone wrote:


tobydiah wrote:

It's not a traditional sport or a can be called sport. It falls under a branch of sports like what that guy 4-5 rows above me said. "motor sport".

People will argue that it requires intense coordination, reaction, and that you sweat a lot(also get tired).
But that can refer to anything. I can play a racing game on my computer for 4 hours during summer without the air conditioner on. Maybe it's a motor/vehicle game? Or a competition?

Yea yea... I'm not saying that racing isn't challenging or that you don't have to be in the right shape for it. But in terms of the activity and premise, it doesn't seem like one.


Ok, you can play a racing game for four hours without air conditioning. Now actually go on the street, race four hours, concentrate on racing lines, battling several cars, having the urge to pee, make decisions with the pit crew whether you need to pit for tires or gas, always try to shave seconds off laps, and best of all, endure hours of 120 degree heat in a fire retardant suit. On top of that, you have to feed info to the tuner so they can setup the car for that specific track.

I drift in Gran Turismo 4, does that make me a licensed D1GP driver? No.

Obviously it looks easy to the average person but when you actually try, you're just blow so much nuts that everyone laughs at you.

Sports aren't just limited to just physical, there's mental sports and precision sports.


I agree that it can be a type of sport since so many things have been invented and the meaning of sports has evolved through social use. That's why I'm saying that it's not a sport in the traditional sense. Being licensed doesn't make you an athlete. It just makes you an official _____(fill in the gap) in that association. I'm not saying that racing is bad or they aren't as great as a traditional athlete (You know what? I've never heard of a racer being referred to as an athlete by the way); I'm just giving my thoughts on racing not being an actual sport.

I can go tie my feet together and chase dragonflies around and call that a sport.
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Posted 2/18/08
ignorance is annoying. racing is an endurance trial. it's not the same thing as driving to the store or visiting your friends .

driving smoothly so your tires wear as evenly as possible. knowing what gear to take each corner in. making sure you dont use too much throttle or your tires and fuel will burn up too quick and if it's a long race theres a chance of having to pit too early. making sure every gear change is smooth because any delay will cost you time. theres no bathroom breaks. being aware of the best lines to drive in. being perceptive of others movements to know when you should overtake without a collision.

could go on...
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Posted 2/18/08
yes its a sport 1 of the easiest all u need is a car with a good engine
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Posted 2/18/08
it is a sport when skills are needed
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Posted 2/18/08
Are you kidding me, of course. Do you know how fast those professionals are going? Have you really drove fast for many hours and for many laps? I doubt it.

Sure, those who are driving in circles are boring to watch (in my case), but it isn't like they are driving 80 MPH.

Speaking in terms of should Nascar be considered a sport.
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Posted 2/18/08
car racing for me is one of a good sport..! i love adrenaline sport!
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Posted 2/18/08
Yes, things like basketball and soccer are mere games.
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Posted 2/18/08
it dpends in a situation~~~~
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Posted 2/19/08
anything that depends on skill i think is a sport and it definately takes skill for any kind of racing i mean hunting is a sport and its not like you have to work hard to pull a trigger(im not saying hunting isnt a sport i love bunny stew) same with anything you might call a sport, and diving on the freeway is a little diffrent from driving through a huge desert(dakar rally) and knowing that if you mess up you will probably die because theres no one around so you have to rely on your skill or your boned. The thing with nascar is that it looks like they are doin one simple thing and thats going fast round and round but they have so many adjustments and stuff that you wouldnt have to worry about if you did the same thing at 80(also they dont hold their pee they just go lol really nice when you are in a 24 hour race cause the dude that goes after you gets a wet seat but then again you gotta drive more than once )
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Posted 2/19/08
Hell'a yea it is...Not only is it a sport but some people are just wired to Race it's in there blood, it's a way of life, it's how they make a living. It's what they need the need for speed how the hell you grouchy people that live in fear of something?You don't even know or understand talk so cowardly about this you got to have Mad skills like judgment, reflexes, technique,A bad ass ride, concentration, Balls for high speed driving and mad Heart and dedication to your form of "motor sports" You go and try it put your life on the line! Race with your "Racing spirit".Balls to the wall you push and push until there nothing left with no regrets no Fear. Its doing something you love not just because! You do it to show the fans love.

"I got a lil flow for all you Hoe's you know only what you know And on this journey I might die and that's why I love this life of mine it gets better every time no rewind so I just Race fast forward through space and time I don't look back I'm in 1st place look at all the haters that I just left behind " I hope I can shed some light for all the haters "People [humans] live there lives bound by what they accept as "correct" and "true" it shapes our Reality"! It's human nature for whatever they don't understand and can't control will cause hate and fear it's a known FACT!! Holla at your boy Ya'll just needed to be checked no offense I mean not disrespect
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Posted 2/19/08
yea thats true. your not really doing much physically besides sitting in a car.
but i guess if its a sport then it is a sport
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22 / M / England, Kent, To...
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Posted 2/19/08
Yeah its a sport, lol well i think it is.
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25 / M / Oklahoma
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Posted 2/19/08

itachi4hokage wrote:

yes its a sport 1 of the easiest all u need is a car with a good engine


You need more than just a car and a good engine.

Heres a list of what YOU need as a driver
1. Stamina (Obvious)
2. General understanding of a racing line (Seriously, You can't race taking wide turns and whatnot)
3. General understanding of how your car reacts to suspension modifications (Cornering and stability is quite important during races)
4. General car control (If you can't control a high powered car, then WTF)
5. HEEL-TOE and other techniques (Many driving techniques shave seconds off time as well as save your tires)
6. Concentration (If you don't concentrate then you won't get a good time or you might wreck)
7. Understanding of how an engine works, etc (May not be necessary but could help)

Let's put you in a Le Mans prototype car and have you race the 24 hour Nurburgring. Mind you, the prototypes normally weigh less than 2000 lbs. and have 700hp, give or take a 100hp. The first thing you'll probably do is spin out and wreck into a car or wall.
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25 / M / IL, USA
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Posted 2/19/08
First, I agree w/ all the agruements supporting that racing is a sport. So i'm not gonna say anymore cuz it's been said.

Second, for those that say racing is easy. Go and actually race, on a track of course, Let me see u doing over 100 MPH through a corner w/o hitting the wall or pissing ur pant. It's not easy as it seems. Just like any other sports, hey hey, kendo looks easy, all i gotta do is swing the shinai (bamboo sword). << It's not, u actually need to know the basic of movement and guarding, etc...

Racing is call motor sport thus it is a sport, end of discussion
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Posted 2/19/08
I've been Kart racing a couple times in Taiwan... For the equivalent of $15..I was allowed an hour's time to go all out (we were allowed to pit once every 30 laps or just keep on going ). Anyways... it was hard work trying to obtain traction through certain corners without spinning; all the while-trying to shave your lap time down.

When I finally stepped out, I had pieces of tire all over my body (especially my eye area, as I drove with the visor up), my back hurt like a mofo, and I think I lost a good gallon or two on sweat.
That was for fun, and it was very difficult. I cant imagine how difficult racing a real race car would be.

One of the things that surprised me was the limited vision I had when I was wearing the helmet. It was very fun, and I hope to go Karting again..
Oh yeah... racing is hard work... you need stamina, strong neck and shoulder muscles, good eyes, and good reaction and preparation...

I dont really care whether racing is recognized by some as a legitimate sport. But if you are going to judge... just go to a Kart track and try it our yourself....
Kart is basically baby stuff compared to the pros..... You might find it exciting. (Just make sure you wear a helmet)
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