Absolutely. The strength, stamina, and conditioning, combined with the exceptional physical and cognitive skills needed to consistently take a race car to the extreme edge of performance and control — that’s what makes a race car driver an athlete.
Are car racers considered athletes?
Drivers’ bodies overheat, their hearts race, and they face extreme G-forces.
Are athletes better drivers?
Research suggests that people who play sports have better peripheral vision and spatiotemporal functions — the ability to process both space and time — compared to those who don’t, and that these functions can improve driving ability.
Why are race car drivers short?
It means they get into racing at the age of usually around 10 years old. They do train physically to improve but, most of that training is driving or riding vehicles. That’s why the body adapts to that requirement. They do endurance training but not to the level of triathletes or marathoners.
What is the lowest paid Nascar driver?
The highest paid Nascar driver is Kyle Busch earning $16,900,000 per year driving for Joe Gibbs racing in the Nascar Sprint Cup Series. The lowest paid driver is Corey LaJoie earning $200,000 per year.