i think you are not including the prep before the race. actually these Formula 1 drivers have a rigorous fitness programm.
you have to be fit to sit in the cockpit and have razor reactions.
Again, I'm not saying it's not a sport. Might be different for Formula 1, but you have to really question the claims of required athleticism if 90 year olds are able to compete with - let alone defeat - men in their 20's. And we haven't even addressed the fact that women are now in NASCAR. Other sports require men and women to compete separately. The NASCAR allows them both to compete together. Which is a clear indicator that, unlike basketball and football, men do not have an inherent physical advantage over women in NASCAR. That alone calls into question the claimed required physical athleticism of NASCAR drivers.