• Jan 23, 2007

When we say that racing drivers are "speed addicts", we're referring to the intoxicating exhilaration of velocity, not the chemical narcotic. Cocaine is another story, as Luca Moro is finding out...the hard way. The 33-year-old Italian GT driver tested positive for cocaine in a routine drug test at the Spa 24 Hours race in Belgium this past year. The driver has the recourse to appeal the revocation, but he's already tested positive twice.

As an international sports governing body, the FIA adheres to the policies and rules of the World Anti-Doping Authority (WADA), and cocaine falls squarely in the category of their prohibited substances. The question we'd like to ask is, if cocaine isn't a performance-enhancing drug (like steroids, for example), and motor-racing isn't an athletic sport, what effect does Moro's cocaine use have on his competition?

Do you think the use of drugs should be prohibited in motorsports, or are the two completely unrelated? Leave your opinion in our comments section.

[Source: GrandPrix.com]



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      • 8 Years Ago
      Obviously, the solution is a new racing league. The ADRL (All Drug Racing League) would allow and even encourage participants to use the most extreme substances.

      Remember Phil Hartman's weight-lifting character in the All Drug Olympics on SNL?

      RIDE THE SNAKE!!!
      • 8 Years Ago
      Rem, you got it right on! Thats absolutely to the degree what FIA is thinking of. Many, many youngsters idolize motorsport stars. Think of how many kart racers graduate to great F1 drivers. It is a huge responsibility for anyone in a celebrity status to live up to a positive role model. How many kids have Mike Tyson as an idol compared to Mike Jordan? I'd say the latter.

      Enough with the parent talk....well with drug testing for any employment situation is important to business. Whether you're flipping burgers, assembling in a line, or a desk jockey, drugs or any other distraction is not good for business. I'm sure there are people who are reading this, that their personal drug use is purely recreational and they have the self control to keep it at that. The general population, people are not so lucky.
      • 8 Years Ago
      You say "motor-racing isn't an athletic sport". It really is. Even a short 20 minute race is very physically demanding and draining, and being in top shape is required. If you don't have the endurance, the reflexes, or the agility to stay alert on the race track, you're going to lose. I'm sure we've all seen races won or lost based on some tiny slipup.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I remember reading an article on how blow betters your reaction times. If that's true then it would definitely be a performance enhancer in motorsports.
      • 8 Years Ago
      This is a stupid question. If I wonk for a Dell, IBM or any other company and Cocaine has nothing to do with my work performance should the company allow me to stay in the company even though I test positive for the drug? I'm betting that 99.9999999999% of the time they will Can you ass faster then you can say 'I don't believe cocain affects......" BLAH.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Provided it is not a human rights issue, whether or not they allow drug use by their racers is theri perogative.

      I can pretty much guarantee the guy isn't using blow just for performance enhancement, although his alertness would no doubt be better on it to a point.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Call me crazy but those kids should be able to formulate their own decisions on drug use without the help of someone they idolise. I don't think they should be testing for cocaine, moreso than they should be test for alcohol. If he gets into legal trouble with his use, that's one thing, it does make the sport look bad, and therefore should be taken care of. I think his employer should be making this sort of decision, not the FIA. If he causes a crash, or displays some sort of odd behaviour, thats when they should step-in.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Our little hamster *R. Hammond* did a test on Brainiac: Science Abuse on the effects of being overly wired Vs. being overly tired.

      Download S1 E2 and see for yourselves.....

      being overly wired has a realllll negative effect on driving.

      but I do love "snortin whiskey!"
      • 8 Years Ago
      Cocaine does have its physical effects for sure, but it also edges out your mind a bit. I have noticed that cocaine allows for somewhat faster reaction times, but also a general rise in awareness. I honestly think that a pro car driver might benefit from hooting up some blow before a race.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Mike,

      Sorry, I guess I spoke from my own experience working in the Aerospace industry. Perhaps engineering companies that design HVAC systems for residential use, or mechanical pencils, or other products that do not have large amounts of safety critical components do not test for drug use. Companies that design systems that can destroy a helicopter or crash into the ISS if there is a malfunction have to conform to various federally mandated safety regulations, which include drug testing.

      Regarding what I said about vulnerability. If you truly use drugs recreationally, there really isn't a vulnerability. While I've known people who use marijuana recreationally without any addiction, I'm not sure that same level of non-addiction is as easy to maintain with cocaine use. Once a person has a serious dependency, they are vulnerable, regardless of what you might say.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Anyone arguing that cocaine use should not be regulated by motor sports may be learned but definitely not experienced. One big problem is that the coked-out driver will be entering the pits every other lap gripped with the fear that his pit crew is snorting up his stash without him. Besides, if you are doing blow and racing, how can you smoke cigarettes with that helmet on? The helmet also would get in the way of the post-nasal drip.

      Recreational cocaine user, now that is a real hoot. Stop the rationalizations. I have often wondered why it is so difficult for recreational users to change their form of recreation. Motor sports may be a nice alternative form of recreation. Because it is not about recreating now is it?

      I have totaled one auto during my life and wouldn't you know it the wreck happened in conjunction with a four-day coke bender. It wasn't the coke, it was the sleep deprivation right guys?

      To quote Al Jorganson, "Never trust a junkie", and certainly not when it comes to driving an F1 auto.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I just think it's too risky - 9/10 drivers would probably say they'd rather not be going flat out next to someone who is enjoying and/or suffering from the physical effects of cocaine.
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