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Old 03-11-2013, 10:38 PM   #21
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Tons of over weight athletes .
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The thing with racing...you can fine tune your body all you want but that is not producing the actual performance, the car is.

Get the best driver in the world and stick him ina shitty car and he will undoubtedly loose.
Why are motorcyclists exempt from this?
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Because they can do a back flip after sitting for a few hours?
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Old 03-11-2013, 10:42 PM   #24
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Go to your local race kart track and do a 1 hour endurance race, they may only be go karts and only hit 40 to 50 kmh but you will be tired afterwards. Physical and mental strain to stay consistent and fast.
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Old 03-11-2013, 10:42 PM   #25
Not very sporting to fire on an unarmed opponent.
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Because they can do a back flip after sitting for a few hours?
What about MotoGP ?
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Old 03-11-2013, 10:43 PM   #26
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The thing with racing...you can fine tune your body all you want but that is not producing the actual performance, the car is.
Actually, I disagree with that. The vehicles these guys are racing today are very comparable in just about any moto sport. They train their bodies to get better within the vehicle and course.

This is like saying bicyclists are athletes because the bike is doing the work.

These guys come out of their cars drenched and exhausted because it's a crazy workout and they constantly train their body to be better. If what you're saying is true there wouldn't be dominant drivers, everyone would compete. They take a god given ability and make it more.
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Old 03-11-2013, 10:44 PM   #27
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But seeing how they can train their bodies to directly better the sport, they are more of an athlete than drivers. There are countless players with out the gut
How is it any different than a driver training his body for the strains associated with driving the car ? It's not like he's just along for the ride .
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Old 03-11-2013, 10:45 PM   #28
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Danica's car was the fastest in the last race . Why did she get 6th or 8th . Her highest finish .
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Old 03-11-2013, 10:48 PM   #29
Not very sporting to fire on an unarmed opponent.
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What about Olympic rowing ? Is that all boat ?
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Old 03-11-2013, 10:48 PM   #30
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The thing with racing...you can fine tune your body all you want but that is not producing the actual performance, the car is.

Get the best driver in the world and stick him ina shitty car and he will undoubtedly loose.

take the best golfer in the world and give him a shitty pair of clubs and he still stand a chance.
definitely not true. Those guys, say f1 drivers, have practiced and practiced and fine tuned their muscle reactions and body control and coordination to compete in a motor sport. You could give me an F1 car and give a real F1 driver a barbie battery powered jeep and the f1 driver would still kick my ass. Know why? Because provided I could even make 5 laps with the car without breaking it I would probably kill my self. As said before endurance is a huge part of it. Many races take place over long periods of time (baja 1000, where one driver team does the whole thing) and that takes massive amounts of endurance and physical ability to stay ontop of your game for that long of a time.


Now E-Sports...thats a whole different argument all together! Those are in so way at all real sports.
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You know what a physical activity is? Something that uses more energy that resting.

You know what the true definition of resting is? Laying down supine in a dim room, eyes shut not moving.


Walking is a physical activity by definition, if you want to play the definition game
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I got one E-Sports (MLG) Look it up.
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Old 03-11-2013, 10:52 PM   #33
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Tons of over weight athletes .
in a weight conscious sport, they are not going to stick a person who is over weight in the car . In other sports having a few pounds helps.

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Why are motorcyclists exempt from this?
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What about MotoGP ?
Motor cycles get an edge because they throw around their body weight and have to keep maneuvering it. Plus they are not weenies when it comes to the rain such as nascar.

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Go to your local race kart track and do a 1 hour endurance race, they may only be go karts and only hit 40 to 50 kmh but you will be tired afterwards. Physical and mental strain to stay consistent and fast.
I have raced a few karts, you need to be physically fit(which in america isnt saying much) but you don't have to be athletic. Truck drivers get pretty mentally strained, god only knows how unathletic some of them are

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Actually, I disagree with that. The vehicles these guys are racing today are very comparable in just about any moto sport. They train their bodies to get better within the vehicle and course.

This is like saying bicyclists are athletes because the bike is doing the work.

These guys come out of their cars drenched and exhausted because it's a crazy workout and they constantly train their body to be better. If what you're saying is true there wouldn't be dominant drivers, everyone would compete. They take a god given ability and make it more.
So the bike does the work? when have you seen a bicycle take off on its own?

It you open the throttle and let a car go it will take off

If you spin the wheel on a bike, even if it stayed upright, it would stop.
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Old 03-11-2013, 10:56 PM   #34
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I bet no one on this forum could even drive a f1 car fast enough to keep the tires and brakes warm enough to work, let alone be fast enough to create any sort of down force.
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Well everything has been said . Motorsports is a sport . Don't over think it . Athlete is a loose term.
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I bet no one on this forum could even drive a f1 car fast enough to keep the tires and brakes warm enough to work, let alone be fast enough to create any sort of down force.
BS, give me a couple days with one and i'll learn to get it around the track, it's like racing a normal car, just half the weight, twice the power and four times the grip.
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BS, give me a couple days with one and i'll learn to get it around the track, it's like racing a normal car, just half the weight, twice the power and four times the grip.
Horseshit , you would be dead
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BS, give me a couple days with one and i'll learn to get it around the track, it's like racing a normal car, just half the weight, twice the power and four times the grip.
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