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  • During every NASCAR season, racing fans the world over are beside themselves with pulse-pounding excitement as they watch their favourite drivers compete for riches, glory, and the Nextel Cup. It's also time to renew a debate that has gripped racing enthusiasts for years - should racecar drivers be considered athletes?
  • Most people don't realize it, but professional racecar driving is a high-stress, physically demanding job. It requires razor-sharp reflexes, heavy-duty muscle power, and incredible endurance. To get race-ready, drivers practise at the racetrack, and they also put in quality time at the gym.
  • The American College of Sports Medicine says that during competition on a road course (which involves a lot of changes in direction, velocity, and road surface), professional racecar drivers demonstrate physiological responses similar to those of elite athletes playing team sports. Researchers from the University of Miami found that drivers use as much energy as their counterparts in basketball and football. The average oxygen consumed while racing was up to 13 times that of resting consumption levels, and drivers' heart rates were about 76% of the maximum (70% to 85% is the range for high-intensity exercise).
  • There is a race nearly every week and drivers must contend with fatigue, as the schedule is gruelling and the races can be several hours long. Their ears are assaulted by noise from their cars and the racetrack. Extreme heat is another stressor. Many races are held in the summer, and drivers wear hot uniforms and a helmet with no air conditioning in the vehicle (it would use up too much energy). The car itself is sizzling, and it can get as hot as 77°C near the floorboards!
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