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Someone enlighten me as to why people in motorsports are considered athletes.

Discussion in 'Off-Topic Discussion' started by TeamSarcasm, Mar 11, 2013.

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Are nascar/f1/le mans drivers athletes

Poll closed Apr 10, 2013.
  1. Athletes

    69.2%
  2. Not Athletes

    30.8%
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    acdronin Well-Known Member

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    nascar will give a workout, you can tell me it won't after you go out and run a full race.
    the concentration, and endurance needed to do 200+ laps at 180+ mph in a hot car ( i think the documentary i watched said the cars are usually 90-110 degrees), should qualify a nascar driver as a athlete.

    oh, and le mans drivers, drive for 24 hours strait and tell me it doesn't take something special to do that.
     
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    Normal race cars are lucky to pull 1.7 g in a corner maybe 2, f1 pulls 3G acceleration, 5 to 6 g braking and 5 g cornering. After one day of trying to drive it your neck would be so sore you wouldn't be able to move it.
     
  4. TeamSarcasm

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    Thats just it. Once a driver is capable of driving a car, that is where the performance goes from a human limitation into a technology limitation.
     
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    OZ-T All of those moments....will be lost.....in time

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    Le Mans drivers don't drive 24 hrs straight
     
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    OZ-T All of those moments....will be lost.....in time

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    So not true , the car is capable of going faster , the driver is the limiting factor
     
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    tinker_troy I feel so Devo

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    ^^^
     
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    Tech is always being pushed farther and farther and to make use of the faster car you need to train even harder.
     
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    the le mans i know about they did. it was called the le mans 24 hour, the gt 40 won it 3 times in a row.
     
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    I know it's a 24hr race , but there is 3 drivers per car , they alternate
     
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    I was thinkin of posting that somewhere around here
     
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    Sorry I walked home and forgot about this :eek:

    The human is producing the power in the rowing, not a engine. The boats and paddles are there to supplement the power to get the desired performance.
    But the power comes from the person

    Drivers on the other hand supplement the engine, and no power comes from them. The only reason they are able to do what they do is because of an externally generated force.
     
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    So people driving bobsleds aren't athletes? Thats just falling down an ice tube. Anyone can do that.
     
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    TeamSarcasm [OP] Mr. President

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    So maybe I could have worded this a little better :anonymous:
     
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    interesting, i didn't know that. +1 to you.
     
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    Actually anyone can, but this is about motor sports, so start a new thread :thumbsup:
     
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    It's all good. I just wanted to join the fracas :D
     
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    Was Lance Armstrong an athlete , or just a lying cheat that gave himself cancer ?
     
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