This dawned on me in the mid 1990's. Did it stop me from 'racing' (I use that term facetiously)? No. And I have one tiny 4th place trophy I won in some obscure race to show for it. The other times I got results I got silly cash awards like $25. I would have preferred another trophy.
And I continue to flog that very same dolphin as my 50's approach.
But as they say, better dead than Fred. And these racing dudes are out to fulfill the 'dead' part of that equation.