Anyone that has been behind the wheel of a race car or kart knows that you must be in top physical shape to perform at the highest level. The general public doesn’t seem to be in on the joke, however, as they typically believe race car drivers are as athletic as a chess player.
A recent Wired magazine article, “Anatomy of a Racer: Only Elite Athletes Can Vanquish Rivals at Triple-Digit Speeds” confirms what racers already know. Yes, it’s true – the top race car drivers have to be in incredible shape to endure the massive G-forces, staggering heat and split-second decisions.
Admit it: You think driving a race car is easy. With closed tracks and all that horsepower, who needs talent — let alone athletic prowess? But unless you’ve trained your heart like a distance runner, built your muscles like a football player, and conditioned your body to withstand 150-degree heat, you’d probably kill yourself and several bystanders by the third turn.
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