No one would dispute the fact that Jimmie Johnson is an exceptional race car driver; he just won his sixth NASCAR Sprint Cup title.
But former NFL quarterback Donovan McNabb recently ignited a controversy by suggesting that Johnson - or any race car driver, for that matter - is not an athlete. Johnson's response: "Yes, I am an athlete. And so is every other driver in one of these race cars."
Whether or not you've raced a vehicle or played football, we'd like to hear your opinion!
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i say yes and no, they are a athlete in a way . becuase its a sport, but the driver, its geting excens , so its kinda in a middle
UM no all they do is shift and drive in a circle so thats not a hard thing to do just because they make lots of money thats all they care for so no they aren't athletes
Luce driving isn't easy when you have that much pressure on you if there is an accident you could die... and why don't you try driving around in a fire retardent suit for a few hours? If anything not getting heat stroke is tough i think that anyone who drives a car in a race is taking part in a sport. Plus they have teams like alot of other sports so nobody should say racing isn't a sport.
UM no all they do is shift and drive in a circle so thats not a hard thing to do just because they make lots of money thats all they care for so no they aren't athletes at all
I Think They are not really athletes because they don't really do any thing physical with their body but drive a car.
It is a sport but it is also not a sport, you do work definitely doing this job. but you don't do a lot of physical work like in football.
I Agree They Are Athletes By The Way They Have So Much Coordination But In A Way They Aren't Because They Don't Do Much With Their Body.
yes I believe nascar drivers such as Jimmie johnson are athletes because NASCAR is considered a sport so its taking a person that is proficient in this sport so its including all NASCAR members pit crew and drivers
You don't need physical exercise to be a sport
ya, you kind of do that the definition of sport-
an activity involving physical exertion and skill in which an individual or team competes against another or others for entertainment.
Yes NASCAR is a sport. It's pretty hard to drive at average 180 miles per hour,constantly shifting, and the g-force in the turns is unreal, plus like Tate said it gets really hot. I raced for a couple of years in a go-kart that went average 60 miles per hour for only 20 laps and that was exhausting, so yes racing is a sport
I am a true NASCAR fan and I think it takes skill to drive a car at 200 mph without crashing it. Drivers like Jimmie Johnson are the best at what they do. I don't think Lebron James, Robert Griffin III, David Ortiz, or Tiger Woods could do what NASCAR drivers do every Sunday. So I say that all NASCAR drivers are athletes just like any other sports star.
You cannot play sports in the race car
I don't think that race car drivers are athletes. They just drive cars around a track. I think athletes need to have physical movement when competing. And I don't consider turning a steering wheel to be physical movement.
I think race car drivers are alethic
If a race car driver is an athlete, how come they don't qualify for the Olympics? A race car driver is only an athlete because they are involved in a sport.
I strongly disagree. People drive everyday. That doesn't mean that they're athletic. Also, if you think that NASCAR racers are athletic but other drivers are not, that would be like saying NBA players are athletic and all other basketball players are not.
I think race car drivers are Athletic
The definition of athlete is one who is proficient in sports and other forms of physical exercise. While NASCAR driving maybe considered a sport, I wouldn't necessarily call it physical exercise.
How is a sport? If you call driving a sport, look how many athletes we have in the world. We can not call driving a sport, since it does not make you move that much. The car is small and you are squished. If you call being squashed and holding on to a handle sport, driving is a sport.
If they count motor racing a sport, then the drivers are athletes. Anyone who plays a sport is an athlete.
If you play a sport you are might not be athletic, but you are an athlete
I don't think that they are athletes. Although it is extreme, anyone really could do it as long as they are willing to take any risk.
yes I do think that stock car racers are athletic because every person who plays a sport is counted as a athletic
Why should they be considered athletes? All they do is sit in a seat and control a vehicle. My dad does that all the time.. It is called "TAKING ME TO SCHOOL!"
Is your dad going 200 MPH?
Just because they are not in physical contact with another player on the field, does not mean that he is not an athlete
I don't really consider them athletes cause all they have to do is get in a car and drive.
I think drivers are considered athletes because driving Nascar is a sport. All sports have athletes. So if driving is a sport then drivers are athletes.
No they are not athletes all they do is drive in circles.
It's the thought that counts. If Jimmie Johnson thinks of himself as an athlete, he is. If you work hard enough for your sport,(If it really is a sport and not like eating, or sleeping), if you practice, and train, of course you can be considered an athlete. Chess athlete, Ballet athlete, whatever the sport, you can be an athlete, even if you're a race car driver.
I don't think that any NASCAR drivers are an athlete because they aren't physically moving- they're just sitting and driving.
Nascar is a sport. The training the drivers and crew members have to do is just as much as what the Miami Heat do what the drivers have to deal with the incredible amount of G force and very hot inside of the cars i would love to see Tom Brady drive a car 200 MPH without crashing
No, they are not technically an athlete because by definition an athlete does physical exercise and race car drivers do not, ,but they do have to practice as much as a football player and, they do have a lot of stress during the race just like a football player during a game.
Drivers are athletes. They work out and do extensive training to prepare going over 150 mph.
I don't think that nascar drivers are athletes. even though it might be intense its not athletics .
I think that he isn't considered an athlete because he isn't doing any phisical activity like other athletes
NASCAR drivers are excellent operators but not athletes, that would be saying to every American that drives a normal car an athlete. It requires physical work to be considered atheletic.
I think that Nascar drivers are athletes after all is Nascar a sport? If it is then the people who participate in it are athletes.
I think that the drivers are athletes, because they do train for a sport in an athletic way, and anyone who is in an active sport is an athlete.
Lets get one thing straight (and I like Donovan) – Jimmy Johnson runs Marathons and I believe competes in Triathlons – I would PAY to see Donovan Mcnabb try to run in a 5K at this point in his life.... To say someone strapped into a 100 degree plus race car for 3, 4, 5 hours at a time is not an athlete is ignorance and combine that with the training regime these guys are all on and Donovan sounds like a complete fool.
Professional drivers are definitely athletes it gets extremely hot and hard to steer the wheel after two hours of driving. If you put any one that didn't understand racing then they would be horrible.
I think that it takes some athleticism to be able to drive their cars for that long of a time period. But also I don't think it takes the same amount of athleticism as it does to play a sport like football, basketball, or soccer.
Most of our class thinks that race car drivers ARE NOT athletes, however, several of us think that they are.
Kiesha notes that they do hard work around the track, and have to practice all of the time, says Vanessa. They shift gears, step on the gas, and have to memorize different ways to drive, much like memorizing plays in basketball, says Damontrei and Amir. Overall, even though race car drivers do get sweaty and dirty, it is less physical work and more mental exercise, says Levi.
On the other side, Efrain says that they are not athletes because they're sitting all the time. This means that they are not moving physically, which means they don't have to get sweaty and dirty like REAL athletes, comments Tayshawn and Jacob. Ashley mentions that the car is the true athlete, since the driver just steers it. Ultimately, it boils down to the fact that race car drivers do not have to maintain fitness levels like other athletes, according to Brianna and Cyrus.
While the verdict is still out for us, Kiesha will certainly lead us in a victory dance.
How does pushing a gas pedal and steering make you an athlete? It certainly takes skill, but you aren't an athlete.
If Nascar is a Sport then Rap Battling is a Sport... Nuff Said. Seriously, where's the Athleticism. They're sitting in a car driving for three hours, something humans do everyday. No way that they're athletes and no way that its a sport.
I believe that racing is a sport is therefore race car drivers are athletes,They just have a Different way of showing it.
I think anyone that play a sport is an athlete and race driving is a sport
I believe that NASCAR is a sport, but like chess you are not a athlete. Both are very much a sport, but neither take much physical prowess on your part.
I can see how they could be athletes but I don't consider them as athletes because they are driving a car. To me that just doesn't sound like an athlete.
they may just drive a car for crying out loud but YOU try staying in a car for almost 3 hours in almost a 100 degree weather in a fire retardent suit without dying from heat stroke or dehideration.TRY IT THEN TELL ME THAT NASCAR ISNT A SPORT!!!!
NASCAR drivers and teams do athletic things such as jogging, swimming, and other training exercises to prepare for a race just like football players do. I do think NASCAR drivers are athletes.
I think that YES he is an athlete! Since they show racing on ESPN which is a sports channel then they should consider racing a sport and the drivers athletes
I think they are very talented at what they do. However they are not athletes. Sitting in a car shifting the gears and turning left doesn't take much athleticism. I agree with Donovan.
I agree with Donovan. Don't get me wrong, I have a lot of respect for NASCAR drivers I just don't think their athletes. Turning left and shifting gears doesn't take much athleticism.
Racing is a competition. I believe all competitions are sports. Football isn't any less a sport th an football. If racing isnt a sport then neither is football.
NASCAR has been a family tradition for me. Every Sunday since I was born my dad and I watched the races with my grandfather. My dad used to race and design stock cars for local and statewide races. I know from my dads experience how demanding of a sport it is. It's just that a SPORT. Aren't athletes the people who participate in sports? Imagine spending three hours going 140+ mph in a stock car that you have limited space, getting jostled around by every bump, and feeling the constant vibrations of the engine. They are atheles not only in my mind but the mind of my family.
If racing isn't a sport neither is football. Every sport is a competition. They are different but the same in their own way.
No, I don't believe race car drivers are athletes because in no way do they train or condition their body which is what I think of as an athlete. Anyone can drive a car, you don't have to be in shape, but not everyone can run long distance, play tennis, or throw a football.
Yes because they work really hard to try their best
they are because they have to have a steady hand on the wheel and be focused on the road a well!
well they are because have to have a steady hand on the wheel and be focused on the road as well!
NASCAR drivers count as athletes because they stay in shape and focus for and on the car.Without focusing on maintaing the cars speed is like a football player leaving the ball behind.
I feel that they should not be called an athlete due to the strong reliance on the car.
Race car drivers, although skilled at turning the wheel at the precise moment needed to make a turn or avoid collision, are NOT athletes. Race car driving is passive. The driver is seated behind the wheel and guides the vehicle. The car does all the work. Whoever has the best race car generally wins. So are the car engineers athletes, because they were able to build a car that can win races. Just like in horse racing.....the horse is the true athlete, not the rider.
I think nascar drivers are athletes cause they have the ability to drive 200 miles in a circle without stoping when they are going 200mph. Just because you run in football doesnt mean that your an athlete.
I believe that race car drivers are athletes. They need to do strength training, weight lifting, and they to practice to get better. There are specific skills drivers need to have and they need to practice like any other sport to become better at these skills. Driving a race car for hours at at time at high speeds is physically tiring. Drivers must train to over come this.
I do not think that anyone in a racecar is an athlete but this is the internet and my opinion doesn't matter.
What drivers go through in hundreds of miles in one race is incredible. You have to be athletic to withstand the G forces for a whole race.
all Nascar drivers are atheletes, from JimmyJohnson to Danica Patrick, it takes serious skill and endurance to keep your body under all that preasure for such long amounts of time at such speeds. no average joe can hop into a stock car and race for the sprint cup. it takes years of practice and training.
It's an athletic sport because it takes muscles to control the wheel when you're driving 150mph for at least 3 hours. Also, being part of the pit crew is athletic because they have to turn on a dime to get up, change tires, fill the gas tank, and get out of the way.
I would like to argue about Donovan McNabb that Race car drivers are in fact athletes. I used to be a fan of Donovan when he was a quarterback for the Philadelphia Eagles. But as a NASCAR fan and, I have been my whole life, I will strongly dispute this argument. Until Donovan can sit in a car going almost two hundred miles per hour for about two and a half hours it would be hard for him, or any body for that matter, to say NASCAR drivers are not athletes.
I don't consider them athletes, but more like sports entertainers.
My opinion is that anyone who plays a sport, is an athlete. In fact, the definition of "athlete" is exactly that, "one who plays a sport."
I think that Jimmie Johnson is an athlete. Driving a car can take a lot of energy and strength. When a person drives at a high speed for a long time they are straining their mind and body. For example, they have to stay alert the whole time and they are constantly having to give the right amount of pressure to the pedal and steering wheel while being pinned down by g-forces.
I agree with McNabb because all you do in race car driving is putting your foot on a pedal and driving around track. how hard is that? Also its not physically challenging unlike football and basketball
I agree with McNabb because all you do in race car driving is putting your foot on a pedal and driving around track. how hard is that?
In my opinion, drivers are athletes. I think this because in the dictionary, an athlete is: "somebody with the abilities to participate in physical exercise, especially in competitive games and races". Drivers don't participate in any phsyical activities. But, they do compete in races.
I found this deffinition on line... a person trained to compete in sports or exercises involving physical strength, speed, or endurance. While many feel there is not much involved in race car driving with strength or "personal" speed. The drivers do have to have great endurance for the long time they are in the car. That would qualify them as athletes
First of all, neither of these men are making argument-worthy statements. They state their opinions but provide absolutely no evidence to support their claims. This is an attempt on their parts to make sensationalistic claims and provoke others to do the response research.
Yes, I think NASCAR drivers are athletes. I see athletes as someone who puts hard work and dedication in for the job they do. People race all over the world and people play football all over the world these two should be recognized as two big sports.
I think racers are athletes because just like football players they do a very dangerous job. Except in football you don't here about someone dieing due to a hard hit on the field. In NASCAR people die due to fires, hard hits/crashes, or even car malfunctions.
No they are not athletes, they drive a car around in circles. I do not see them taking hits from 300 lbs DE's and getting back up. I also do not see them hitting a baseball 500ft. All they do is drive and they are the best in the world, but they are not athletes.
Race car drivers cannot be considered athletes. Athleticism requires physical exertion and activity, that doesn't take place while sitting in a car for hours. Soccer players, football players etc. spend numerous hours a day training in the heat and sweat. The type of training that race car divers would never have to do. Therefore, they cannot be put on the same level as an athlete that truly trains for what they do.
So I think so because i believe that it is a sport because you have to know how to do it and you win trophy's
Yes Nascar drivers may be in a sport, they may train by driving a car a bunch of times for what a trophy I agree with Donavan McNabb on this Nascar drivers are not athelets.
II would definitely say NASCAR racing is a sport, however I wouldn't exactly call the drivers athletes. I compete in homeschool Speech and Debate, and refer to it as a sport. However, I wouldn't call myself an athlete. All in all they do deserve praise and recognition for what they do. Its not fair to say that football players are "real athletes", when NASCAR driving has more danger involved. In all honesty, its not really a big deal either way. If they want to call themselves athletes, let them. Really, what will it hurt?
NASCAR drivers are definitely athletes. They spend hours in a car, going speeds faster than we ever drive. They have to train to succeed, and they have to stay fit. Overall, NASCAR is definitely a sport.
I disagree, what physical toughness does it take to drive a car? Last time I checked, none.
There shouldn't be any controversy about this, because it doesn't matter if a NASCAR driver is an athlete or not. Football players and race car drivers are totally different. The only that matters is the competition that goes on during the race.
I think they ARE athletes. It takes a lot of energy to go on that race track and risk your life. Athletes in NASCAR get seriously injured, and so do basketball players, baseball players, etc.
So what if they get seriously injured? yeah, it hurts, but that's it. There is no running, passing, jumping, and hardly any effort in NASCAR racing. All you do is drive your pretty little cars around. Half of the viewers just watch them to see that crashes anyway. They don't watch it for the plays or the teamwork, just for the pain. And pain doesn't define a sport.
I am an actress and most people don't consider that a sport. You have to have certain skills to be an actress, just like any other sport. I can't say I disagree because though difficult, technically acting is not a "sport". By its very definition, a sport is "an activity involving physical exertion and skill in which an individual or team competes against another or others for entertainment". Meaning race car driving is a sport. Then would they be athletes? No (or at least not necessarily). An athlete is "a person who is proficient in sports and other forms of physical exercise". There is no physical effort in race car driving(or if there is it is minimal). All do respect to race car drivers because they still have a hard job and they need to have skill and talent. This does not mean they are an athlete. They have a specified name and game just because they aren't technically an athlete doesn't mean they aren't one.
The definition of athlete is:"a person who is proficient in sports and other forms of physical exercise". There for I do not consider car drivers as athletes but I do think that they deserve the same respect as if they were athletes.
ACTUALLY, in nascar you DO have to work out to keep in good shape and to be prepared for those 8 storie high turns
Honestly it comes down to how you see it. Athletes take years to train their body in order to be the best they can be in their sport. People in NASCAR are training their cars. If they win the trophy, thank the car cause its been doing more work than the driver.
Of course driving is a sport, it takes tremendous physical exertion to drive a car, at over 100 mph, with no power steering so why say its not a sport?
i believe that nascar drivers are athletes, they have to be physically fit and healthy enough to drive that fast, and that far. they have to practice a lot, just like any other athlete.
i dont think race car drivers are athelets. they driver a car. nothing is athletic about that. is it easy. no. but its still not a sport.
We think that race car drivers are athletes because they have to go through extensive training to be good at their sport. They have to go to school to learn how to drive the cars and practice often. It can be very dangerous to drive a race car if you are not trained.
We think that race car drivers are not athletes because they drive the cars but the cars do most of the work. We actually think that the pit crew may have more athletic characteristics than the drivers.
The defination of an athlete is a person who is trained or skilled in exercises, sports, or games requiring physical strength, agility, or stamina. So i believe based on this difinaiton that race are / stock car drivers are not athletes.
I don't believe that racing in a sport. I do watch nascar, but I don't think that race car drivers are athletes. An athlete to me is someone who moves a lot. And a race car driver might move there car but that doesn't cut it.
I think that NASCAR Drivers are athletes because they have to be physically capable to fit into the car. They also have to meet the weight requirements.
I think that NASCAR drivers are athletes. My dad races and I know it takes a lot of work.
I don't think nascar drivers are athletes because all they do are drive a car on a track. So technically my parents could be athletes because she drives on a track. Nascar is one of the stupidist "sports" in this country.
Well it depends on what kind of athleticism you are talking about. Driving is not a physically active sport, it is a motor sport like sailing and dirt biking.
I think that racecar drivers are considered athletes because they are well known and it takes a lot of practice. I also think they should be considered because they work hard.
I think racecar drivers should not be considered athletic. You dont have to do any physical activities, so therefore, racecar drivers are not athletic
NASCAR racing is not a sport. It is a pastime. It does not not require a lot of physical ability. Many people think it is a sport because you must practice to be good at it, but that is the way it is for everything. just because you work hard at a competition does not mean that the competition is a sport.
I think that a race car driver is not an athlete. They do not necessarily do anything physically besides pushing a petal and steering a wheel. Race car driving is more of a mental sport. You use your knowledge about driving make decisions about how fast to go, where to turn, and whether to make a pit stop or not. It is not much of a "physical" sport because there is no running, throwing, or anything like that involved. I think that race car driving is more of a mental sport, so I consider race car drivers to be skilled professionals at what they do.
I believe that being a Nascar driver is not consider an athlete, But it does take a bunch of skill to be able to sit in a seat for 400 laps. And be able to take the amount of g-force that they take during a race, and that takes a bunch practice.
It's really how you look at it. Cause they do have to do a ton of training but nascar really isn't a sport it's just turning left.
They are atheletes. They work hard for something and train and that in my definition is an athelete. So if they do what they want to do then they are an athlete!
Yes I do think NASCAR drivers athletes because if you do a sport then I think you are counted as athletic.
They are athletes because they have to focus and plan their race. They get very tired driving the long races.
Nascar drivers are athletes because they need the mentality to drive a car therefore makes it a sport because other people can not do it. You have to have talent and training to be a Nascar driver.
no, all they have to do is shift and drive in a circle.
I would not consider them an athlete. They are sitting still while driving the car. Us athletes are constantly moving compared to them.
NASCAR drivers athletes, yes they are to a point. look at NASCAR like video games. Video games are a sport which people are athletes in. I think people who sit and do a certain sport should not be criticize whether or not there athletes or not. Athletes do have be that much physical to play a sport.
Well it takes skill, But from a different kind. Where in NFL you have to use physical strength; NASCAR uses Strategy, Focus, One move and your into the wall. You are taking corners going 180-205 MPH. Shaq even said Auto Racing was very challenging. Try it first before you judge.
They are athletes because they have to be trained and have to practice to be good.
Does it really matter? If he wants to call himself an athlete, let it be..
Stock car drivers aren't athletes because they don't do any physical exercise, which is part of the definition of athlete. I'd be more inclined to say the car is more of an athlete then the driver.
I don't think race car drivers are athletic. Race car drivers might have athletic ability but that is not shown by moving your arms side to side and pushing your foot down on a pedal.
NASCAR drivers are not athletes because all they do is sit, but if i did that i would not be an athlete.
I would consider a race car driver a athletic but at the same time i wouldnt i think they could be a an athletic because they probably need to be in shape and healthy so they are safe but they wouldnt be because they just sit in a car driving not doing anything but moving there feet and hands.
I would consider Race car driving to be athletic because they have to do a lot training, both mental and physical. It requires physical training to be able to get away from the car if there's an emergency. It requires mental training in order to know how the car works and have an idea of the physics that are in play.
I think that racecar drivers are not athletes because, they dont have as physical activity than most people would tihnk an athlete should have.
I am a HUGE fan of nascar and i do think of it as a sport. Dale Earnhart JR and jimmy johnson are proof of that because the both try very hard at what they do and do you think its easy to be stuck in a fire retardent suit and a hot car in 90 degree weather? nascar racing is very difficult and requires education and it is a very dangerous SPORT! anything that has alot of dedication, hard work and to keep in shape is a sport in my book. GO DALE JR!!! congrats to new 6 plaque johnson!!you guys are true hardworking atletes.
I think they are atheletes because it takes skill to drive the cars and they get paid like atheletes.
I think race car drivers are atheletes because they can make big money.
I think they are atheletes because it takes a lot of work to get to where they are and they get paid well for what they do.
I dont think NASCAR drivers are athletes because they don't do anything athletic, they just drive really fast.
I think that racers should be considered athletes. They may not run laps but they do spend a lot of time training, sharpening reflexes, practicing for best times. NASCAR should definitely be considered a sport, as these athletes must train to compete against one another.
I think they are atheletes. I consider it an extreme sport and highly dangerous.
The definition of an athlete is a person trained in exercises, games, or contests requiring physical strength, skill, stamina, speed, etc. In this case the speed comes from the vehicle but the driver must train to increase mental stamina and skill; therefore, NASCAR drivers are athletes.
Race car driving is a sport, but the drivers are not atheletes. They just have to be able to fit through the tiny windows. That's nothing more than weight control.
I do not think that it is a sport. Sports require physical activity in which you compete. Sure they are competing, but they aren't doing much physical activity. If people don't consider things like dance and cheer a sport, then NASCAR driving is definitely not a sport.
I think that racecar drivers in general are athletes because anything that requires hardwork,dedication,and/or a workout is a sport therefore Nascar is a sport by definition.Nascsr requires so much hardwork (from stretches to the right diet) that its almost worth an award for how hard they work to be the best in the country let alone the world.Those who think otherwise are prone to their own opinoin but in overal view Nascar drivers are athletes by definition so therefore ther really shouldn't be much arguement.Nascar is just like sweeping ,people say its not a sport without actually taking the time to comprehend the hard work that they have to do in order to prepare or participate in these events andits like why are you judging people and the things that they enjoy,its their life so let them be them and think what they want to think.If Nascar isn't a sport then neither is anything else today that we call a sport!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I don't believe that they should be labeled as athletes because it seems like its a hobby for most not much of a sport . Their just moving their arms
I don't think racecar drivers are not athletes. An athlete plays physical, they don't sit in a car all day.
I think NASCAR drivers are not athletes. They don't really need to stay in shape in order to win the race. I think athletes need to stay conditioned and the sports they play require more physical activity.
I say yes completely. Their is more to NASCAR than people know. They have to know, on the smaller tracks when to let off the throttle and when to get back on it. In the much larger races they must have a lot of endurance to go 500 miles in a couple of hours. They must also know h some physics to know how the airflow affects a cars draft when going +200 mph. I want to ask Mr. McNabb to get behind the wheel of one of those +500 hp. beasts and try and win 6 championships in NASCAR. It isn't hard to do.
NASCAR Is not a sport I think it's a hobbie because your not doing anything think active by driving and getting in front of someone
NASCAR is not a sport. Turning left for a couple hours does not classify as athleticism and to be an athlete you have to work hard and train your body to be the best you possibly can at that sport. Sitting in your car instead of training your body is basically being the opposite of being an athlete.
NASCAR driving in not a sport. Since when does turning left classifiy as athleticism? Sitting in a car for a couple hours does not require any physical fitness. Athletes spend years training their body, sitting in a car is the exact opposite.
NASCAR driving in not a sport. Since when does turning left classifiy as athleticism? Sitting in a car for a couple hours does not require any physical fitness. Athletes spend years training their body, sitting in a car is the exact opposite.
No because all they do is drive a car around a track about 200 times. Even with all the left turns and concentration they have to have, they aren't athletes.
I believe that any driver is as equal to or even more ways an athlete because it takes a lot of physical and mental toughness just to strap in and drive one lap in a race going 200+ mph with 42 other cars inches away from you.
I think it is because every sport requires skill. They also are risking their life and they have to have skill to race for 3 hours at 170 to 200 miles an hour with 43 other people at a time. That is more people on an playing field than any other sport. So when it's all said and done NASCAR is a sport.
I think it should be called a sport, but i don't personally think that they're athletes. I would say an athlete is someone who works and does physical activity to train for that sport. In NASCAR you don't really have to be "fit" to do the sport. I would think that the pit-crew does more physical activity than the driver does.
I think that they are competitors just like all other athletes. You do have to train by driving tight corners etc. I think that the Pit- Crew does most of the work; Because they make sure the car is in order, the car does more than the driver. So all in all i think they are athletes to some extent. Not like football players, but more than chess players.
No, a race car driver is not an athlete. It takes no physical skill to drive a car in a circle. If it does, does that mean that every person who drives a car is an athlete?
Does it take skill to drive a stock car... Yes
Does it necessarily make you an athlete...No
I don't think that drivers would be considered athletic because there isn't an excessive amount of body movement; adrenaline, maybe, but you can get that from playing a video game. People think that baseball, basketball, football, volleyball, and baseball are the only "athletic" sports because they have "ball" in the name. There is more to it, such as dance, water polo, marching, color and winter guard, and many others; I would spend the time writing all of them, but I'm sure no one would read it.
We believe that NASCAR drivers are most defineatly athletes. They win awards just like other athletes. If the Eagles win the Super Bowl and are called athletes, but a proffesional driver who practices just as much wins 5 or 6 awards and are not called athletes, it is ridiculous and unfair. They compete in competitions that are aired on ESPN, just like any other competitions. They practice just as hard as any other athlete. 150 years ago, Lincoln said all men are created equal (in the Gettysburg Address) and we think that all athletes should be call athletes should be created equal.
An athlete is a person who is athletic, meaning they participate in sports. Driving is not a sport, since you sit the whole time. The only actual exercise is of your arms, which turn the steering wheel. If you call a driver an athlete, then a test-taker should be considered one too.
When you think of athlete you think of someone who runs or swims. Sitting in a car and pushing a gas pedal is not that much of a challenge. Yes maybe your heart rate speeds up but that is from an adrenaline rush, not a good hard-earned workout.
Race car drivers are athletes. Even though they are just pushing down on a pedal as fast as possible it's still a sport. Race car driving takes just as much practice as a normal sport does. You have to be fit enough to fit in the window hole and you have to practice so yes I think race car drivers are athletes.
Race cars drivers are not athletes. Athletes are people who physically compete in a sport. Driving a car around an oval a few hundred times is not a sport. Everyday people drive cars all the time and they are not considered athletes, so why should racecar drivers be considered that way?
I think NASCAR drivers do count as athletes even though some think they don't; they have to stay fit for their cars. Eating healthy and exercise is very important for them, same as any other athlete such as a quarterback or point guard.
I don't think that race car drivers are athletes, it may be considered a sport but the person in the car gets no physical activity. Football players, basketball players,and baseball players are all athletes because they work there muscles. Racing cars should just be a sport and nothing more.
NASCAR racers are not athletes. Being an athlete involves your body doing the work, NASCAR drivers cars do the work for them they just sit and drive. You have to be physically involved to consider yourself an athlete.
NASCAR drivers are athletes in a way, but also not in a way. They compete in very competitive, fast-paced competitions. You have to have skill to be able to drive a car that goes this fast. But then in a way they aren't athletes, as they physically aren't doing anything. They just rely on their cars to do the job.
NASCAR is considered a sport and even though I'm not a big fan of it, I believe that if you participate in a professional sport, you are considered an athlete. You don't have to run miles a day to achieve the title.
Race car drivers are athletics. The skills they practice is just like what any other athletes does. NASCAR drivers use there muscles to turn wheeles without getting into a car accident. They have to work on there muscles just like other athletes do. So yes I do think race car drivers are athletes.
NASCAR drivers are not athletes because they don't do anything besides driving. Anybody can drive a car.
To me, NASCAR is not considered a sport, therefore they are not athletes. Being an athlete requires physical activity that makes you sweat and/or gain muscle; NASCAR does not require that.
Racecar drivers are not athletes. Athletes do physical training to get ready for a competive sport. NASCAR drivers fix a car to get ready to drive around a track a few hundred times. There is no physical contact in sitting in a seat and turning. The car should be consided the athletes because it does all the work.
All athletes must participate in a sport in order to be considered an athlete. NASCAR drivers must be able to have sharp senses, so the fact that the drivers must be constantly alert otherwise he loses considers him an athlete.
I do not consider NASCAR drivers athletes. There is no athletic activity involved, they just sit in a car and drive. There is a extreme difference between this kinda sport and sports like football or basketball.
Drivers aren't athletes. All they do is just sit down and drive around in circles trying to win a cup for a living.
Sports help you stay in shape. NASCAR does not make you fit in any kind of way. All you do is drive a car and try to beat the other opponents.
I don't think NASCAR drivers are considered athletes. Going around in an oval 400 times is not athleticism. It may be tiring though.
IT IS A COMPETION NOT A SPORT. Hence NASCAR drivers aren't atheletes.
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What is an athlete? A person who is trained in or good at sports, games, and exercise. Many sports like NASCAR aren't considered as a sport and are not a athelete if you participate in it. I've come to a conclusion that you don't have to run or lift weights to be a Kobe or a Manning. If it is a sport then you are an athlete
NASCAR are atheletes because it takes energy for them to race and for them to keep in shape.They also put dedication to their work.
It all depends on what an athlete is. In the dictionary it says that an athlete is a person trained or gifted in exercises or contests involving physical agility, stamina, or strength. If racing involves any of those things listed, then the racer is an athlete. In my opinion, anybody that is in a major sport, no matter what the sport is, is an athlete.
NASCAR drivers have to be as ready as they can before a race. If you want to be a famous NASCAR driver, you can't just get in a race car and expect to win. You have to train your body and your skills. But if you're going to sit in a car for 4-5 hours, it's your body that has to be trained and getting use to all of the action.
NASCAR drivers are not athletes because all they do is go around a track that has no purpose. Well other athletes like basketball players, football players, and soccer player do have a purpose.
I don't think that NASCAR drivers are athlets because they don't have as much hard work as basketball,football,hockey,tennis,and baseball.
I believe they shouldn't be called athletes because the car is doing all of the labor. In my opinion you don't have to be physically fit to drive a car. Many people who aren't physically fit drive cars. You don't need skill to do that.
I don't think race car drivers should be called athletes. Because They just drive around the track.
To race you are required to be fit, and in how fit they are, they are athletic. The definition of athlete is someone good at a sport or exercise, and they exercise a ton.
I think that NASCAR drivers are athletes because they need training. The driver can't go out there on the track and drive like they normally would. They need to learn about the speed, controls, and a lot more.
Race car drivers aren't athletes because all they are they are doing is putting their foot on the pedal and trying to beat other
I don't consider NASCAR drivers as athletes because all they're doing is just sitting in a car doing nothing. The car is the one doing all the driving!
I think that NASCAR drivers should definitely be thought of as athletes. Driving obviously takes a lot of physical skill and, especially when you're under the pressure of a race, has to be taxing to some extent.
I do not consider NASCAR drivers as athletes.
I think the NASCAR drivers are definitely athletes they spend so much time in the car. It takes a lot energy and time to compete in the race.
I honestly don't think they are athletes you are just in a car racing going around in circles and trying to win money or a trophy.
They're are just driving like us. Woah just faster. doesn't make it a sport. Therefore in my opinion, it doesn't make them an athlete.
NASCAR drivers are not athletes because they just drive a car and my sister drives a car everyday and she is not an athlete and she is not famous so can you prove to me she is an athlete.
I think NASCAR drivers are not athletes. I think driving takes more mental energy than physical. You still train, but you train your mind. Athletes train their body.
I think that NASCAR drivers are athletes because it does take a lot of work to be able to drive this cars that are going really fast. Saying that NASCAR drivers aren't athletes is like saying that football players aren't athletes because all they do is tackle each other. My main point is that NASCAR drivers are athletes because they still work as hard as everyone else to be able to get where they are in this sport.
Yes I do think Nascar drivers are athletes because it takes a lot of concentration and precision to drive as fast as they do.
They're just driving, everyone can drive even if you're doing it wrong you still can drive. Driving is not a sport. So everyone who goes to a go kart ring is considered an athlete? Ya I do't think so.
Granted its a skill and not easy it doesn't make you an athlete.
I Think Racecar Drivers are Athletic. I do because they are Usually running 500 Laps at Nearly 200 Mph. Even though they are not having physical contact, it does have to deal with Physical and Mental Challenges.
They train Just as hard as other athletes.
I Have Been a NASCAR series fan all my life.
My family has raced for generations.
I have for 5 years and it is a sport, just like people that play other sports are only playing "Games" in Reality
Does driving a car require physical strength? No, so how can a driver be considered a top athlete compared to football or hockey players who require not only mental but also physical strength to be successful.
of course they are! a driver has to spend hours in a can that is over 100 degrees when wearing the flame-proof suit. they also have to always be paying attention to the track. even a slight lapse of judgement can lead to a deadly accident. how often does that happen to the average nfl player?
I don't think race car drivers are athletic, because they are just driving a car around a road, while other athletes actually move themselves, not drive down a field.
I believe that race car driving, or any other racing, is not a sport but moreso a skill. It does not take any form of athleticism to race, only reflexs and a heavy foot
You have to do a lot of training to do be for you start NASACAR. You just don't get in the car and start making left turns. No you start training.
Technically No, but I think they are just set back by the real definition
If Nascar Drivers are considered athletes, then so should the millions of citizens that drive a car daily. I don't know why Nascar drivers would be considered more athletic than a regular driver, just because race-cars have stronger engines than regular cars.
I don't believe Donovan McNabb knows enough about the sport of NASCAR to make a comment like that. He obviously has never spent the four or more hours in one of these cars doing 200 miles per hour, where the slightest mistake can be tragic. Also your feet and hands make a change of position ever few moments when driving a stock car. With the attention that is required and the physical movements required in htis sport, I would definitely cosider these driver athletes .
I don't understand how racing could be even considered as a sport. It involves absolutely no physical skill. You drive in a circle, not exerting your body in any athletic way. How can you be athletes if the "sport" your in doesn't even include athletic ability? So, no. I do not find race car drivers to be athletes.
Isn't NASCAR an sport? (Extreme is more likely), I think it is.
Since people who participate in a sport are all called atheletes,
I think the people in NASCAR are all athletes.
(The cars in NASCAR is too)
I say no. All race car drivers do is drive a car around a track. I think athletes need to be doing some physical movements and sweating because of it while they are competing. I don't consider turning a steering wheel a physical movement.
I don't think that race car drivers are athletic. Other athletes have to work hard and train to stay in shape and have to work hard during games. I feel that even the people in the pit stop use more skill that drivers.
In my opinion race car drivers are not athletes. If they are athletes then so is anyone that gets a speeding ticket. I mean come on is it really that hard to drive a car in circles.
I think they are athletes. Not the kind of athlete that you think of though. Usually you think of the type that play football or basketball. It must be a misunderstood sport, just like dancing, singing, and art
Racecar drivers are just as much of athletes as Hockey or Football players.
I would say they are athletes. Just because they don't preform the way other athletes do doesn't make them non-athletic. They withstand hard blows, endure long races, and try to succeed.
Honestly, I consider them athletes because not an average person can just hop in a car and do what they do. It may not be an "offical" sport but unless you can do what they do, I wouldn't talk about them.....
Since when has sitting in a seat and turning a wheel been considered an athletic sport? Football takes stamina, a good arm and strength, driving takes sitting and pressing buttons. Congratulations to any champion Nascar drivers, but I don't think they should be considered athletes.
Although I think that they aren't considered athletes, I also don't really understand why it matters, just another argument to see who's better at what, kind of pointless. I play sports for fun not to be considered an athlete. If they love the sport they play, does it matter if your an athlete or not?
I think Jimmie Johnson is as much of an athlete as Donavan McNabb the drivers in NASCAR are in the car for a long period of time they really dont get breaks and they wear layers upon layers of fire safety and that weighs a lot of pounds
I think NASCAR drivers are athleats because keeping control of the car isin't easy, so these drivers have to be stong enable to drive these cars
I don't think they are because I think athletes are more like people who are involved in physical activities like running.
The definition of an athlete is : a person who is trained or skilled in exercises, sports, or games requiring physical strength, agility, or stamina. So I believe that a race car driver should be classified as an athlete
No,NASCAR driving is not a sport because it requires no physical exercise. When you think of it all the drivers are doing is driving a fancy car which is an everyday thing that all americans do. So NASCAR is NOT a sport
An athlete is someone who takes place in sports. Being an athlete requires skill and endurance which plays a huge part in NASCAR. It takes far more than good driving skills to be able to compete in NASCAR.
NASCAR drivers are definitely athletes. They have to stay in shape in order to compete. In the car, they endure temperatures of over 120 (F) for several hours.They even have to wear a five-layer fire proof suit just to protect their bodies. They deal with 2 to 3 times the force of gravity in just turning a corner. It takes a lot of strength to turn a car due to this force. Plus, crashes can be very harmful to their bodies. If drivers put their bodies through this much, why are they not considered athletes? Just because things like race car driving and dancing aren't in the Olympics, does not mean that the people participating in them aren't athletes. If you put your body through things like this, then you are an athlete. That's all there is to it.
As a racing fan ,I say that all race car drivers are athletes because the definition of a athlete states that a athlete is someone who is trained and gifted in exercises involving physical activity. Jimmie Johnson puts all his time and effort into his career and he exercises so that he is able to be prepared to get on the race track. Jimmie practices by participating in triathlons and if he wasn't an athlete ,why did he get named Associated Press Male ATHLETE of the Year in 2009?
I do think they are athletes
It may not be the same as a football player, or baseball player, but I'm sure there is a very huge aspect to it that we just don't see.
I think that they are not athletes. It doesn't require a lot of physical exertion to push a gas pedal and turn a steering wheel.
I do not think a race car driver is an athlete because it is supposed to be an active thing. I respect that it is a sport but it is the one sport that it does not make you an athlete.
It depends on what you consider an athlete. Some would consider an athlete as an athletic person and therefore would not consider race car drivers. But if you consider athletes people who play sports than I think you have to include race car driviers.
The definition of an athlete is a person who is proficient in sports and other forms of physical exercise. NASCAR is considered a sport and the drivers are putting in work to drive the car. Therefore, a NASCAR driver is technically considered an athlete weather you like watching them make hundreds of left hand turns or not.
I belive its more classified as a extra activitie! I dont think they even sweat or work as hard as a real athlete ever would!!!!
I acknowledge the fact that these drivers work really hard at what they do, but do I consider them athletes? Not really.
Yes; any athlete needs to train for there sport and so do NASCAR drivers. If people want to be a NASCAR driver they need to have dedication and talent. Just like any other athlete.
Its definitely a sport. Even though it may not seem like it, race car driving needs as much practice and work as any other sport. Even chess or pool is a sport. You don't specifically need exercise while playing a sport.
It could be considered not to be a sport because people would think that their isn't any physical movement or hardship. I think it is a sport because it's on tv and requires endurance. It also takes a lot of endurance.
my friend says they are athletes because they can't go to the bathroom for the whole day
I thought that was funny
I believe that Jimmy Johnson and all other NASCAR Drivers are athletes because it takes skill and determination to go out there and compete in whatever you like to do, whether it be Racing, or Football.
I believe that Jimmie Johnson and all other NASCAR Drivers are athletes because it takes skill and determination to go out there and compete in whatever you like to do, whether it be Racing, or Football.
Let me tell you I've been driving racecars since I was 8, and I guarantee you I've been more exhausted after finishing a 30 lap race than after any 3.1 mile cross country race I have ran. For NASCAR drivers the pressures are even worse. They are driving into the corners and are experiencing almost 3 g's of force. For those of us in physics, that would mean a 150 lbs driver would weigh about 450 lbs. Now add in that they are sitting in a car that experiences heat in excess of 100 degrees!
Then we can of course question what an athlete is? Is a golfer an athlete? They swing a bat in polos and shorts. What about a baseball player? They run around the bases, take a long break and do it all over again.
NASCAR drivers shouldn't count as athletes. All that they do is push the gas pedal and go in circles over and over again. Even my mom can do that.
I've been a racing fan for my whole life. Drivers are athletes because they have to endure temperatures of up to 120 degrees Fahrenheit, forces of up to 6 times the force of gravity, and other factors for up to 5 hours. One major factor as well is the fact that race cars have less power steering (or sometimes none at all) than street cars. It can take a force of up to 88 pounds just to turn the wheel.
Jimmie Johnson is indeed an athlete. He has won 6 championships. NASCAR is a sport because you have to have luck but you also have to have a good race car.
No they are not Athletes they sit in a car and drive. I can do that to so im an athlete!
I believe that race car drivers are not athletic. Driving is not a sport, people do it everyday. Someone who drives a car cannot consider themselves "athletic".
QUESTION OF THE DAY: Not all drivers, but many athletes are and racing does require athletic ability. Jimmie Johnson in specific runs marathons and does tri-athalons, and is in amazing physical condition. The drivers don't just hold down the gas and turn left for hours, they have to go trough 130+ degree F temperatures in the car, face 3g's in the corners with the reflexes of a fighter pilot and keep it all together which is very mentally and physically demanding. Also keep in mind they must brake and/or let off the throttle at all tracks but 2 out of the 28 or so they visit a year, and are closer at 200mph to each other going a football field length every second than most people are in a parking lot. Ask me this question 2 years ago and i would have said no, but ive grown to love the sport of NASCAR and anyone who thinks that it is a bunch or rednecks doing circles is coming from an uneducated mind and does not understand the sport. It takes a special king of person to do what these drivers due, and deserve more credit than they get.
If Jimmie Johnson won his 6th nascar sprint cup title then I consider him an athlete.
NASCAR driver are not athletes. They do not train their bodies for years to be in their best physical shape. Drivers just make left turns around an oval track.
i think there are. because they have to train to.
Think they are an athele in there on way because you have to have a talent to play football, but you also have to have a talent to drive a car that is going 200 MPH with most of the time 43 other cars! So yes they are athletes inn their own way.
NASCAR drivers are very talented at what they do. However, I don't think they are athletes. Sitting in a car driving and racing, shifting the gears and turning left or right doesn't take much athleticism. Therefore I agree with Donovan. NFL and NBA are some athletes to me.
They are athletic, no doubt. NASCAR racers work to get in the position they are. They have skills that no one else can just have. Why don't you go try to be a NASCAR champion? You won't even get near even entering. Racers have to have certain qualifications. I wish McNabb would go try to be a racer, let's see how that goes.
To be honest I don't think race car drivers are athletes because of the fact that real athletes train in gyms and work out. Also they work out during there free time. I mean race car driving is a sport but it doesn't necessarily mean you are a physical athlete.
I think race care is a sport because the drivers has a team the driver is like the captain of the team and the drivers all race to win at the end just like the people who play football.
I think that it depends on the way you look at it. It takes a lot of skill to stay in the car and not crash. Since the car has no suspension they have to endure every single bump on the road. After doing that for two hours it is got to be a work out for any person. But I also see the other point of veiw where people take hours of training and work outs. People might think of nascar as a waste of time since anyone can sit in a car and push the pedal.
driving a car isnt a sport so i guess the quater back was right
I think that it depends on the way you look at it. It takes a lot of skill to stay in the car and not crash. Since the car has no suspension they have to endure every single bump on the road. After doing that for two hours it is got to be a work out for any person. But I also see the other point of veiw where people take hours of training and work outs.
I think that it depends on the way you look at it. It takes a lot of skill to stay in the car and not crash. Since the car has no suspension they have to endure every single bump on the road. After doing that for two hours it is got to be a work out for any person. But I also see the other point of veiw where people take hours of training and work outs.
i watch NASCAR an i thank it is a sport an so for Donovan McNabb i watch football an i also like the eagles so for you to say makes me thank what other sport you don't thank is a sport.
Racing is a sport because in racing you have a team and when you play football you also have a team so there is really no differents
If you play sports you may not be athletic, but you are an athlete.
there are so many sports and to me nascar is a sport cause both football and nascar are trying to win a championship or a trophy cup. people don't realize there's a bunch of sports.
even though they don't really do nothing physically with there body I still think its athlete
It depends on how you look at it
I thinks sprots racing is a sport. They have to stay focused and dedicated. They have to stay in shape and they need to excercise. I personnally think drivers are athletes.
I think Nascar driving is not a sport. It's just a regular job. It don't take NOTHING to speed around a track honestly.
To Be Honest My Opinion Is That I Do Think NASCAR Car Driving Or Drivers Are Athletics. The Drivers Have To Exercises, Get Trained, And Put In Work To Become Professional Drivers. It Takes Them Alot Of Work To Become Really Good Drivers. They Have To Work Really Hard To Get In Position They May Be In. All These Racers Have To Have Certian Qualifications And Skills. They Are Exactly Like Any Other Athletic They Have To Work Out And Get In Shape.
i think that race cars are a sport because it has some of the bases that football and that they have to have some type exercises and practices to be able to drive anybody can drive but they are racing which can lead to someone getting hurt due to the recks and car trouble
I feel like this, I don't really know If car driving is qualified as a athlete. Technically, If they race cars for a living I guess it counts. Why would they even argue over something like this ? What are you all like five years old ? I could care less.
i dont think a rascar driver is an athlete neither because all you're doing is driving and thats it.
I think Mcnabb is right. I mean he just drives a car. People drive cars everyday. I,d say the pit crew are more of an athlete.
i think that any person who is in any sport call be called an athlete. you have to be in shape and be able to be in any type of sport. so who ever said that a race car driver is not an athlete is wrong
I think that it depends on the way you look at it. It takes a lot of skill to stay in the car and not crash.Because they classify bowling as a sport
I think that they are athlets because they have so much hard work its not easy the risk your taking
race car drivers are athletes..
I disagree I think they are not athletes I call an athlete someone who works out or uses their body in the game or whatever and someone who runs jumps push ups sit ups and pull u but its not my decisions too authenticate that race car drivers are athletes.
I think it depends on how you look at it. There is a lot of skill in driving a car to win a race. Anybody can drive a car fast but can you win a race. Then it takes a lot to be a good quarter back.
I think yea and no and I agree with what Christine says its depending on how you look at it
I don't think that race car drivers are athletes. They just drive cars around a track. I think athletes need to have physical movement when competing. And I don't consider turning a steering wheel to be physical movement
I think raceing is sports
I Really don't know much about racing. but however I hear it's fun, well I can't say it's fun because ive never seen a race but other people say it is.
I really don't know much about racing. but however I hear it's fun, well I can't say it's fun because ive never seen a race but other people say it is.....................................!
In think Racing Cars is a sport, but the drivers are a different type of athlete than a physical athlete such as football players. A driver just has to have the ability to drive a fast car at a rapid paste and physical athletes have to work out, stay fit and train in order to make the team.
They are not athletes because they're sitting all the time. This means that they are not moving physically, which means they don't have to get sweaty and dirty like REAL athletes. The car is the true athlete, since the driver just steers it.
Race car drivers do not have to maintain fitness levels like other athletes.
I do not think that that is a sport because a sport is when you run and others sports and that is not a sport.
It depends on your point of view, most people think that it takes physical ability to be an athlete or on the other hand it takes mental ability to be a athlete. Either way, they are correct with their opinions, but being an athlete involves having coordination, being focused and having training to pursue in a sport.
Football players are more of an athlete than race car drivers. To me an athlete must be physical, all race car drivers do is sit in their cars and drive, while football players or any other sports player work hard and train and are very physical. Football, baseball, soccer, soccer and so on are physical sports, unlike NASCAR, which is nonphysical because no contact is made between the drivers.
Nascar drivers are not what most people imagine as athletes, but they are athletes. They burn a lot of calories by driving in loops, surprisingly.
in my opinion NASCAR could be seen as a sport and couldn't be seen as a sport
I think in order for someone to be considered an athlete, they must participate is some form of physical exercise. Based on this, I do not think race car drivers are considered athletes.
Racing is a sport, therefore the drivers of the cars are considered to be athletes.
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Personally, I don't think they're athletes. Sure they do control a car at high speed, but they're reallyu not doing anything pyshical.
I don't think they're athletes. Sure they do control a car at high speed, but they're really not doing anything physical.
In my opinion, I do not think that NASCAR drivers are athletics. That is like me saying driving in my car is considered a sport. Sure, it's hard to do, but that doesn't make it a sport.
Destiny, with all do respect, I would love to see you hop in a car and drive around at 200 mph on banking that is about 2-3 stores high with GeForce accelerating over the normal jet plane ride in 100 degree heat for 2-3 hours. You probably wouldn't make is single lap.
Driving you at home car is 'hard to do" is absolutly nothing compared to a race car. You would probably cry in my rally car as we screamed 90+ on unimproved dirt roads. You are comparing apples to idk race cars are nothing like daliy cars.
Everyone saying the the drivers aren't athletic or NASCAR is not a sport, Destiny, I would love to see you hop in a car and drive around at 200 mph on banking that is about 2-3 stores high with GeForce accelerating over the normal jet plane ride in 100 degree heat for 2-3 hours. You probably wouldn't make is single lap.
Drivers are athletes and for you to say their not is just flat out ignorant.
Jimmie Johnson is indeed an athlete. he has won 6 championships. NASCAR drivers have to have skill and courge to race in a car going over 200 miles per hour. All of you that say NASCAR isn't a sport and that Jimmie Johnson isn't an athlete you are completely wrong.
I do not believe that NASCAR drivers are athletes. In order to drive a race car you do not need to stretch, exercise or be in good shape. The only physical activity that the drivers have to do is keep their foot on the pedal and move the steering wheel.
The definition of an athlete is a person who is proficient in sports and other forms of physical exercise. NASCAR is a sport and therefore they are considered athletes. They must drive extremely fast along side with dangerous factors! My best friend's dad is a skilled race car driver, and he tells me about all these "so close to crashing" moments.
I think NASCAR drivers are athletes. They have to put up with hundreds of pounds pushing down on them at all times during a race. Just imagine 500 pounds on you for about four hours. Also, they have to control a car going 200mph while having all that force on you. Crashes are another world. Just think about getting in crashes every couple of weeks. Doesn't sound so easy now, does it?
race car drivers just sit in a car and drive but they have to avoid crashing
I believe that race car drivers are not athletes. They may have to be in shape to race, but while they are racing, they are practically doing nothing compared to football players.
I think that talking on the phone ok planes should be banned because it is annoying I wouldn't want someone blabbering in my ear if I was trying to relax!
All they do is just go in a circle,I think anybody could do that. You dont have to be athletic and fit to drive a car.