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Fast Cars, Fit Bodies

Written by Tim Pegler

A career as a racing driver may be the fantasy of many an overweight couch jockey but research shows only elite athletes can cut it in car racing.

A study by the University of Miami's School of Medicine has revealed that professional racing drivers have a cardiorespiratory capacity "similar to athletes participating in sports such as basketball, football and baseball". Published in the journal Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, the research involved tests performed on seven racing drivers of open-wheel vehicles, during a series of speed driving sessions.

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