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Do You Think Racing Is A Sport?
Posted 8/2/09
I wanted to see if there were others into racing on this site and I find this topic. Baha

I am a professional racer, I started out in shifter karts and have done a little racing in open wheel, sports cars, and most recently stock cars (oval/NASCAR stuff). About the only type of race car I haven't gotten into would be a rally car, though one day if Im lucky I'll get a chance to do a little rallying. There isn't much I can do to prove the physicality of being in a race car or the mental stress aside from taking you all for a ride or having you go to a 2 or 3 day racing school at a local track. As racing drivers we are essentially horse jockeys, I know that sounds strange but you'll find for each sport you have an ideal body type. Obviously in racing time is everything, we take washers off bolts to save a few grams of weight that couldn't cost you .001 of a second on the track but it's all cumulative. As you can imagine if we are that picky about a few grams a few extra pounds on a driver is a huge disadvantage. That means the trick is to be as light as you possibly can while still having the physical ability and endurance to do your job. For me that means I workout at least 6 days a week for close to 2 hours, to maintain 140lbs on the dot at just under 5"8. You'll find that is the range most F1 drivers are in, NASCAR isn't as weight dependent as the cars are heavier in general and the extra weight on the left side helps increase the contact patch of the left side tires essentially giving the car a slight bit more turning force (in theory). Most every other driver I know has a hobby whether it be running marathons, biking, rock climbing, etc... we will do anything and everything we can to maintain as a lean a body as possible and push our cardio endurance.

All that aside lets break down shifter karts briefly and the effects of G forces. Now a shifter kart can do 0-100mph in just under 6 seconds generally and do 0-100 and back to 0 (or a complete stop) in about 9 seconds. With a soft compound slick tire we were seeing around 3.5gs in cornering force and braking. Numbers more impressive or at least on par with any Ferrari, Lamborghini, or supercar you can imagine. The average head weights around 10lbs (most say between 8-12) and a decent racing helmet is around 5 lbs. So in theory every time you jump on the brakes or corner hard your head is essentially 3.5 times heavier. A little over 50 pounds pulling your head off your neck in every direction for however many laps you have. And that is just your head, your whole body is experiencing this. Now while you are under this stress you must hit every braking point, every apex of every corner and adjust what your doing to those around you. If you equate that to F1 we are talking hitting the apex of a corner at 150+mph to within a few inches, without fail for however many corners a lap for 60+ laps. That hardly takes into consideration that amount of corner types you have, there are late apex corners, early apex corners, double apex corners...perhaps you are at a series of chicanes in which you are off the apex of the first corner in order to get the optimal angle or line so that you can straighten the wheel out and accelerate through the second apex cleanly. In racing you must always judge where time can be sacrificed in order to make more time elsewhere. While all this is going on you have other people trying to do the same thing faster than you on this tiny piece of pavement, if you have picked a braking point for a corner and you know that if you brake even 5 feet later you will be wide at corner exit and consequently into a wall or off the track but someone else is in your way. What do you do? Racing is all about fast reflexes and good mental acuity in some of the most stressful places man can put himself.

Sorry, I know that rambles a lot and may not make sense at points I just have so much to say I forgot more than I actually typed. Just point out what you like/dislike and ask questions,. This is all very dear to me, and please if you do not think racing is a sport or think it's stupid in general at least have some respect for those who gave their lives for it. Check out Grand Prix racing from the 1930's, 500hp on hand rolled bias ply about as wide as modern bicycle tire with a school bus sized steering wheel and no seat belt. Those were true men, regardless of what you make of their passions.
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Posted 8/4/09
yea i love racing .. even im woman but still i love those stuff alot
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Posted 8/7/09
Sure because it is fast like a sport should be!
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Posted 8/8/09
HELL YEAH
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Posted 8/11/09
I think so.
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Posted 8/12/09
it depends on how you classify it. You cant compare it to basketball and baseball because its just completely different. However, i feel like it can still be called a sport. Unless its NASCAR, I will never recognize that as a sport
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Posted 8/21/09
judging from the replys, those who say it isn't a sport, does not have solid proof to back it up, while those who say it is, hase solid proof..and they are not fake..y don't those who say it isn't a sport, find some proof to show that it isn't a sport...





and...i seriously agree that it is a sport...
to those who think it is not, try racing,
or if u have no licence, try not taking any lessons and takin the test, see if u can even pass..
those who drive, if u think racing is just like driving ard to work....try reaching your workplace earlier by at least 50 percent of the original time...

it takes skill and knowledge to know ur car and react fast..
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Posted 8/21/09
yes its a sport it tests your concentration on your pedal work ,shifting, reaction , knowledge while fighting the Gs and this is just the basic view of it their is much more to it for it to not be called a sport
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Posted 8/21/09
you people need to fucking understand . racing is a sport .

as many others have said , physical stamina and concentration is needed

maybe if someone made an anime about racing, and your fucking ass watched , maybe then your stupid otaku washed brain would understand what racing is . im not gnna lie , i used to be an otaku myself , and i realized really ?

you say buying parts is a waste of money , what about your stupid lilttle toy collection of perverted hentai dolls ?

shit . im not gnna hate or anything , i love manga and everything , i went to japan , i love anime , video games and all that , but realize this

snap out into the real fucking world . yea anyone can drive , but can you properly toe heel shift ? shift gears ? modify your car with the right parts ? you think its wasting money ? at least theyre not wasting their lives spending hundreds of dollars on some stupid nexon cards just ot play some fucking maple story
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Posted 8/22/09
I can't help but face-palm at some of those comments. Probably the ones who thinks racing IRL can be as easy as racing in video games like Gran Turismo.....

If it was that easy then why aren't you people out there racing on the circuit and earning a luxury millionaire salary?

Motor-racing is a sport. The F1 drivers in particular, requires incredible amount of fitness and concentration to race competitively for an hour or so. Not to mention how they constantly speed 150-200 mph around the track and take 3-5 Gs on their necks, whenever they brake for a corner. If you fools were place in that situation, I doubt any of you can endure long enough to complete 1 lap, let alone finish the whole race which has normally 60+ laps.



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Posted 8/22/09

julianfbeezy wrote:

you people need to fucking understand . racing is a sport .

as many others have said , physical stamina and concentration is needed

maybe if someone made an anime about racing, and your fucking ass watched , maybe then your stupid otaku washed brain would understand what racing is . im not gnna lie , i used to be an otaku myself , and i realized really ?

you say buying parts is a waste of money , what about your stupid lilttle toy collection of perverted hentai dolls ?

shit . im not gnna hate or anything , i love manga and everything , i went to japan , i love anime , video games and all that , but realize this

snap out into the real fucking world . yea anyone can drive , but can you properly toe heel shift ? shift gears ? modify your car with the right parts ? you think its wasting money ? at least theyre not wasting their lives spending hundreds of dollars on some stupid nexon cards just ot play some fucking maple story


I like this post. It's straight to the point and points out good examples.

I like the nexon thing, it really did make me lol.
Posted 10/1/09
Racing professionally is a sport. The drivers are trained and more well suited for the competition.
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Posted 10/2/09
Racing IS the sport.
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Posted 10/2/09

julianfbeezy wrote:

what about your stupid lilttle toy collection of perverted hentai dolls ?

yea anyone can drive , but can you properly toe heel shift ? shift gears ? modify your car with the right parts ? you think its wasting money ? at least theyre not wasting their lives spending hundreds of dollars on some stupid nexon cards just ot play some fucking maple story


Are you hating on my figure collection?
By the way, I suck at heel-toe, but I'm working on it. Great posting, I couldn't have said it better.
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