Racecars: The Ins and Outs of Stock Cars, Dragsters, and Open-Wheelers


Whether racing around a dirt track, a paved track, or down a drag strip, car racing is a thrill-a-minute experience for the drivers and the spectators. Learn about the long history of car racing, and get the inside scoop on today’s fastest racecars.
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Whether racing around a dirt track, a paved track, or down a drag strip, car racing is a thrill-a-minute experience for the drivers and the spectators. Learn about the long history of car racing, and get the inside scoop on today’s fastest racecars.
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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
As the subtitle notes—if you want to learn about the ins and outs of stock cars, dragsters and open-wheelers, McCollum offers a good place to start. As with many books on the subject, he begins with a little history about cars. In particular, going back to Germany and the building of the Blitzen Benz, as well as, a bit about an early, legendary racer named Barney Oldfield. It was only ten years after Benz built the first commercial car that the first car race was held in France, which eventually led to the Grand Prix. A time line notes specific milestones such as the first woman to race, speed records, and the like. Another fascinating bit of information relates to racing families—seems like the bug bites and then fathers and sons as well as brothers get hooked on the sport. Like most sports, being a race car driver requires one to be in top notch physical condition. The pictures show what the older cars look like and the racing venues; which are quite a contrast to the modern sleek racers of today and the huge tracks with grandstands and thousands of fans. There are tidbit of information such as the meaning of flags in a NASCAR race, descriptions of terms such as drafting, and what happens during a pit stop. The text gets a bit more technical discussing engines and changes in racing and some unusual race cars, but it will have lots of appeal to those who love cars and everything about them. The book closes with a glossary, list of a few more recent titles, internet sites, and an index. Part of the "Velocity" series. Reviewer: Marilyn Courtot
School Library Journal
Gr 4-6–Filled with a multitude of colorful photos and a few vintage black-and-white ones, these books’ appearance borders on busy, but the content more than compensates for that. Providing several subtopics within six or seven chapters, each title presents history, famous figures, and other information in an intelligent, factual manner. Parts of the texts are in paragraph format, and the rest comes in the form of boxed captions. Safety is stressed when racing is involved. There are some minor content problems. Custom Cars, which has excellent commentary about the dangers of street racing, includes a photo of a 2007 Camaro. This would have been a concept car, as 2003 was the last model year for the Camaro until 2009 when Chevy released the 2010 model. Trucks states that Ford released its Model T Runabout in 1925. This is correct, but readers will likely assume that this was the first pickup truck, whereas the book later states that Chevrolet released its first pickup in 1918. Even with the aforementioned errors, this series is the best to come along in some time.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781429648882
  • Publisher: Capstone Press
  • Publication date: 2/28/2010
  • Series: Rpm Series
  • Pages: 48
  • Sales rank: 1,178,821
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 0.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Award-winning author Sean McCollum has written more than 30 nonfiction books and hundreds of articles for children and teens. Currently living in the United States Virgin Islands in the Caribbean Sea, he has sailed on ships big and small, and always checks where the lifeboats are stowed.
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Table of Contents

Racecars 101 4

Stock Cars 12

Open-Wheel Racecars 22

At the Drag Strip 28

Racecars for the Long Haul 36

Smaller Speedsters 40

Glossary 46


Internet Sites 47

Index 48

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