LOUDON, N.H. — It’s a familiar snarky remark for any uneducated observer of race car drivers: “How athletic do you have to be in order to drive a car for a living?” the skeptics ask.
Of course, anyone who’s spent more than a minute looking into the physical demands that come with driving a race car knows that it’s much more than just a casual drive through the countryside, and drivers train as such.
Ryan Reed, driver of the No. 16 Ford Mustang in NASCAR’s Xfinity Series, is part of a younger generation of drivers who value time in the gym, on the bike or going for a good old-fashioned jog when they’re not in the car. The benefits, Reed told NESN Fuel’s Mike Cole, extend beyond physical appearance.
See what Reed had to say in the video above.
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