The Complete Guide to High-Performance and Race Driving
Author: Ross Bentley
Publisher: Motorbooks International
Category: Sports & Recreation
Ultimate Speed Secrets is the drivers guide to going faster! Professional race instructor Ross Bentley has raced everything from Indy cars to world sports cars and has the experience to make any racer a more complete driver. With detailed drills and comprehensive instructions, Bentley covers everything you need to know: choosing lines; adapting to different cars, tracks, and racing conditions; setting up controls; and understanding car adjustments and mental preparation. Whether you are racing an Indy car or simply interested in becoming a more complete driver on the street, Ultimate Speed Secrets will give you the information you need to succeed!
Discover the secrets that will make you a faster and more successful racecar driver with this up-to-date insight into the latest techniques in racing. Professional driver and driving coach Ross Bentley, reveals what it takes to be fast and win races at the highest levels. Chock full of diagrams and concise "speed secrets," Bentley has created an all-new approach to learning and perfecting the ideal line around the racetrack. He teaches you how to turn errors into more speed, left-foot braking techniques, as well as three sure-fire ways to lower your best lap time. Ross Bentley, who is the author of Speed Secrets, Inner Speed Secrets, and Bob Bondurant on Race Kart Driving, was a driver for the winning SRPII team at the Rolex 24 Hour race at Daytona. Ross is a member of Team Seattle, which also took home second place in SRPII. The two Team Seattle cars finished 7th and 8th overall in a field of 44 cars.
Mental Strategies to Maximize Your Racing Performance
Author: Ross Bentley,Ronn Langford
DIVMaximize your driving ability with tips from the experts! Based on performance seminars conducted by the authors for race car drivers, this informative guide helps you consistently perform at your highest level. Chapters discuss: The Driver - The Ultimate Management System; Inner Race Driving; Skills and Techniques; and Strategies./div
MOTOR RALLYING / RALLY DRIVING. Autocross is the easiest, safest, and least expensive way to get into motorsports. Anyone with a helmet and a car can do it. Of course, it doesn't hurt to have some driving skills, which is where this book comes in. As a veteran racer and professional driving coach, Ross Bentley knows what it takes to compete and to win, and he gives readers the benefit of that knowledge in "Winning Autocross Techniques".The first in the "Speed Secrets" series to address a specific form ofracing, this volume focuses on the skills critical to autocross success: car handling and driver skill at high speeds on unique courses. Bentley clearly details the steps and techniques that help autocross drivers maintain control and dominate a course at speed. Though specific to autocross, and essential to mastering its particular challenges, his advice and instruction in this book will prove invaluable to drivers who go on to road racing as well.
This complete racer's reference is the perfect resource for all drivers from novice to expert. The fundamentals of fast driving are revealed in this definitive how-to book for racers. You will find the competition-proven methods of instructors and of professional drivers that will give you the know-how to work up the track and stay at the front. Interested in the world of racing? Just think, you can have all of the lessons and insights from Skip Barber instructors and from professional racers compiled in one handbook. This racing reference reveals the secrets of mastering car control, reducing lap times, as it takes the reader inside the world of racing. Going Faster! is the definitive book for the active race driver, the racer-to-be, and the auto-racing fan who wants to know what driving a racecar is really about.
Ross Bentley. Race teams have discovered great benefits can be derived from "tuning" their driver to perform at his/her full potential. Thus, this book is for everyone who works with a driver: engineers, crew chiefs, team owners, mechanics, and the driver's parents. This unique book instructs the driver's support team how to prepare and communicate with the driver so the driver delivers the best performance in races, practice sessions, and off-track team functions. Written by veteran racer and driving coach Ross Bentley, this book helps the driver's support team devise effective approaches to "tuning" their driver. It will help them identify techniques that do and don't work with their specific driver. The result should be better communication and a driver who is "tuned" for success.
How to Get the Most Out of Your Modern Performance Car
Author: Ross Bentley
Publisher: Motorbooks International
Become a better performance driver with Speed Secrets With the promise of autonomous vehicles in our near future, and current cars equipped with all sorts of mind-boggling "driver aides," many feel that the art (and science) of performance driving has been lost - or will be. But no! For every device designed to take the act of driving out of our hands, the desire to actively participate in the control of a car becomes even stronger for driving enthusiasts. One only needs to look at the number of performance cars available today to see that the desire to truly drive is still in strong demand. In Speed Secrets: The Lost Art of Performance Driving, Ross Bentley explains in plain language how you can become an even better performance-oriented driver, whether it's to enjoy a twisty mountain highway, to take that secret back-road route to work, or to participate in a track day on a racing circuit. From how best to use your car's controls, to cornering, to dealing with adverse driving conditions, this book will make you a better performance driver. Along the way, you'll learn what ABS, traction and stability control, self-braking systems, and semi-automatic transmissions do and how best to incorporate them into your driving. Speed Secrets: The Lost Art of Performance Driving will help you understand your car well and be an even better, faster driver. Most importantly, it will fuel your passion for driving!
To succeed in any form of racing, a driver must be more than fast. In today’s ultra-competitive motorsports scene, where there’s competition for financial support as well as for checkered flags, a racer must have a full complement of on-and off-track skills. To become a champion, a driver must augment his or her racing, testing, and physical skills with traits and skills such as mental toughness, marketing savvy, and career-building abilities. Speed Secrets 5: The Complete Driver is the first handbook for the aspiring professional or ambitious amateur racer. It provides insights that will help aspiring racers reach their full potential in their quest to become well-rounded racers.
The fifth edition (first time in color) of the popular and long-running primer on high-performance street and race track driving from top driver and driving instructor Bob Bondurant. This new edition is updated to include the latest information from Bondurant's school and will appear with a fresh new, all-color design. About the Author: Bob Bondurant has two other successful titles in print through MBI Publishing: Bob Bondurant on Race Kart Driving (0-7603-1076-9) and Bob Bondurant on Police and Pursuit Driving (0-7603-0686-9). Features:, Fifth Edition, First Time in Color, The Bondurant High-Performance School of Driving now features two exciting new training cars, the Corvette and the Cadillac CTS, Bob Bondurant's school, located in Phoenix, is one of the top driving schools in the world. Thousands of students take the Bondurant courses every year.
A physicist explores the science of speed racing and the #1 spectator sport in America, with 75 million fans. Every NASCAR fan—at one time or another—asks the same question: Why isn’t my favorite driver winning? This is your chance to discover how much more there is to NASCAR than “Go fast, turn left and don’t crash.” If you’ve ever wondered why racecars don’t have mufflers, how “bump drafting” works, or what in the world “Let’s go up a pound on the right rear and add half a round of wedge” means, The Physics of NASCAR is for you. In this fast-paced investigation into the adrenaline-pumping world of NASCAR, a physicist with a passion uncovers what happens when the rubber hits the road and 800-horsepower vehicles compete at 190 miles per hour only inches from one another. Diandra Leslie-Pelecky reveals how and why drivers trust the engineering and science their teams literally build around them not only to get them across the finish line in first place, but also to keep them alive. Leslie-Pelecky is a physicist in love with the sport’s beauty and power and is uniquely qualified to explain exactly how physics translates into winning races. Based on the author’s extensive access to race shops, pit crews, crew chiefs and mechanics, this book traces the life cycle of a race car from behind the scenes at top race shops to the track. The Physics of NASCAR takes readers right into the ultra competitive world of NASCAR, from the champion driver’s hot seat behind the detachable steering wheel to the New Zealander nicknamed Kiwi in charge of shocks for the No. 19 car. Diandra Leslie-Pelecky tells her story in terms anyone who drives a car—and maybe occasionally looks under the hood--can understand. How do drivers walk away from serious crashes? How can two cars travel faster together than either car can on its own? How do you dress for a 1800°F gasoline fire? In simple yet detailed, high-octane prose, this is the ultimate thrill ride for armchair speed demons, auto science buffs, and NASCAR fans at every level of interest. Readers, start your engines.
A must-have book for everyone interested in autocrossing, packed with hands-on information for racing and car prepping, lists of clubs, rules, and much more. "Watts instructs carefully and well." Road & Track. "Pick up 'Secrets of Solo Racing'." Chris O'Donnell, Solo II National Champion, 1985, 1986, and 1989; Sportscar.
How to Autocross covers everything you need to know to get behind the wheel and start autocrossing. It covers basic modifications such as tire pressures, alignment, and dampers, to more advanced modifications that go beyond the stock classes. And because in the most fundamental sense, autocross is a test of driver skill, there is a heavy emphasis on driving and car control, with coverage on accelerating, braking, weight transfer, shifting, corners, slaloms, and finding that perfect line. There is even information on car classes, driver schools, data logging, how events are typically run, and how to find events in your area.
Ford, Ferrari, and Their Battle for Speed and Glory at Le Mans
Author: A. J. Baime
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Category: Sports & Recreation
By the early 1960s, the Ford Motor Company, built to bring automobile transportation to the masses, was falling behind. Young Henry Ford II, who had taken the reins of his grandfather’s company with little business experience to speak of, knew he had to do something to shake things up. Baby boomers were taking to the road in droves, looking for speed not safety, style not comfort. Meanwhile, Enzo Ferrari, whose cars epitomized style, lorded it over the European racing scene. He crafted beautiful sports cars, "science fiction on wheels," but was also called "the Assassin" because so many drivers perished while racing them. Go Like Hell tells the remarkable story of how Henry Ford II, with the help of a young visionary named Lee Iacocca and a former racing champion turned engineer, Carroll Shelby, concocted a scheme to reinvent the Ford company. They would enter the high-stakes world of European car racing, where an adventurous few threw safety and sanity to the wind. They would design, build, and race a car that could beat Ferrari at his own game at the most prestigious and brutal race in the world, something no American car had ever done. Go Like Hell transports readers to a risk-filled, glorious time in this brilliant portrait of a rivalry between two industrialists, the cars they built, and the "pilots" who would drive them to victory, or doom.
Real World Instruction and Advice from Hollywood's Top Driver
Author: Ben Collins
Publisher: Chronicle Books
Here's the ultimate guide to being the best—and safest—driver possible. And an absolute must for everyone with a learner's permit. Former Top Gear Stig and professional driver Ben Collins shares expert skills culled from a twenty year career as one of the best drivers in the world, famous for racing in the Le Mans series and NASCAR, piloting the Batmobile, and dodging bullets with James Bond. Refined over thousands of hours of elite-level performance in the physics of driving, his philosophy results in greater control and safer, more efficient and fun driving for all skill levels.
The Art and Science of Race Driving - Revised and Updated Second Edition
Author: Michael Krumm
Publisher: Icon Publishing Limited
Category: Sports & Recreation
Written by a professional, Driving on the Edge covers the basic skills and reveals the latest advanced techniques for driving a racing car on the limit. Essential reading for beginner and experienced driver alike, it will also interest race team engineers and car enthusiasts who want to peek behind the scenes to learn more about the challenging world of the racing driver.
Don't Brake Until You See the Face of God and Other Good Advice from the Racetrack
Author: Ingrid Steffensen
Publisher: Hachette UK
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Life in Ingrid Steffensen’s New Jersey suburb was safe, comfortable, and predictable. A college professor, wife, and mother of a preadolescent daughter, her carefully cultivated world was comprised of the usual suspects: family, work, book clubs, yoga classes, and date nights. Then, one day—thinking she’d be a good sport and maybe learn something about what made her car-crazed husband tick—she put a helmet on her head, took her Mini Cooper to the racetrack, and learned how to drive it really, really fast. Soon, what began as a whim became a full-blown obsession—and a freeing journey of self-discovery. In the eventful, exhilarating year that followed her first lesson, Steffenson dove head-first into high-performance driving. In the process, she discovered the terrifying and addictive thrill of pushing her limits, learning an entirely new set of skills, and tackling danger head-on—and found that doing so liberated her in a way that she hadn’t even known she needed. Fast-paced and fun, Fast Girl is the quirky, real-life chronicle of how one woman stepped outside her comfort zone, shrugged off the shackles of suburban conformity, and changed her entire perspective on life through the unlikeliest of means: racecar driving.