Is Auto Racing A Real Sport?

N. Sun By N. Sun, 2nd Nov 2010 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL
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Is auto racing a sport, or is it not a sport? What are both sides to the argument? Who is really right?

Is auto racing a sport?

There are a lot of arguments going on about whether auto racing is really a sport. Auto racing includes sports like NASCAR, Indycar, Formula 1, and more. Here are both sides to the debate.

Auto Racing is NOT a Sport

Many people think that auto racing isn't a sport for many reasons. They think that because auto racing doesn't require as much effort, it isn't a sport because, after all, everybody can drive, right? The car does the work. Also, difference in the car, not the driver, decides most of the races. Most tracks require the driver to do is go straight, brake, turn left, repeat. And you get breaks during cautions! Drivers don't do as much work inside the car as a soccer player would or a sprinter would. Braking and accelerating isn't hard, and steering is easy. All you do is go fast, avoid crashing, pit, and go fast to win. Not too hard to do!

Auto Racing IS a Sport

Auto racing fans know that racing is a tradition. Drivers succeed each other for generations. Families take pride in their racing history. So, many fans are biased to think that auto racing isn't just a sport, it's one of the best, if not The Best, sport in the world. Fans think that racing is a sport because drivers have to go into that tiny turn at speeds of more than 175 mph. It takes concentration to do everything on the track for over three hours straight. With cars hurtling around them, driving a race car takes mettle. Consider Martinsville, a track on the NASCAR circuit. It's paperclip shape practically begs for hitting the wall. Drivers are in danger of seriously damaging their cars for 500 straight laps. 500 laps! Drivers have to brake over 1000 times during the race. Fans think, if that doesn't take skill, what does? There is a fine line between success and failure. Strategy is a big factor in the "sport". Crew chiefs and drivers must agree on what to do during a late caution. Stay out, four tires, two tires, or gas n' go? Also, NASCAR drivers spend 3 hours desperately steering, accelerating, and braking in a car that reaches 120°F.


There are many reasons why auto racing is a sport, and many reasons why it isn't. Really, it's your pick. Many people are hard-set for it, and many people are hard-set against it. Which side will you take?


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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
3rd Nov 2010 (#)

its not a sport as we normally think of it.

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author avatar Tyler
1st Apr 2011 (#)

Its a sport you fucking dumbass because I race in real life and I would like to see your stupid ass do anything nearly hard as auto racing you motherfucker.

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author avatar Denise O
5th Nov 2010 (#)

I actually find it to be a sport.
We have men playing against each other, for one goal and that is to win.
It takes endurance to the highest degree.
The same as in baseball, pitcher has to throw the ball just right or he might lose. Same as with a racer car driver, they too have to manuver the car just right, or they might lose.
yep I think it's a sport.
Thank you for sharing.:)

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author avatar Andrew
25th Apr 2013 (#)

it is a sport as they drive they loose 13 gallons of sweet or they reaction times there planning as the race goes even working as a team the driver has one of the hardest jobs plus the spotter keeping the driver safe not making a mistake it is a sport

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author avatar Mchalo910
12th May 2013 (#)

It's a sport try doing 24 hours Le Mans out of shape or f1 or d1 so much Gs acting on your body and like Andrew said they sweat alot heats up in the cockpit requires more attention you look away for one second wrecks and bad ones worst than football injuries also gotta remember GP bikes extremely hard same with d1 can't just get in a car or bike and drive like that takes skill and other sports fans think its that simple

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