Successful Race Car Driver: A Career Development Handbook

Successful Race Car Driver: A Career Development Handbook

by Robert Metcalf
     
 

ISBN-10: 0768004977

ISBN-13: 9780768004977

Pub. Date: 12/01/1999

Publisher: Society of Automotive Engineers, Inc.

A guide for amateurs and those who wish to embark on a professional career in racing. Coverage includes physical and psychological conditioning, selecting a class and car, safety equipment, drivers' schools, and racing maneuvers and strategy, as well as insurance, dealing with officials, and getting sponsors. Material on going pro covers working with a team, running

Overview

A guide for amateurs and those who wish to embark on a professional career in racing. Coverage includes physical and psychological conditioning, selecting a class and car, safety equipment, drivers' schools, and racing maneuvers and strategy, as well as insurance, dealing with officials, and getting sponsors. Material on going pro covers working with a team, running an team, and planning a championship. Includes appendices of schools and sanctioning bodies. The author is a racing engineer who consults with racers worldwide, and a race car driver. He is a frequent contributor of technical articles to racing publications. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780768004977
Publisher:
Society of Automotive Engineers, Inc.
Publication date:
12/01/1999
Pages:
297
Product dimensions:
7.09(w) x 10.63(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Author's Noteix
Prologuexi
Acknowledgmentsxiii
Introductionxv
Part 1Making a Commitment
1.Mind and Body3
Psychological Elements
Physical Condition
Aerobics
Strength Training
Nutrition
Coordination and the Senses
2.Selecting a Class and Car29
The Type of Car You Race--Karts
Oval Track Cars
Road Racing Cars
Spec cars
Choosing a Car
Building a Car
3.Preparation57
Fitting the Car to the Driver
Support Equipment
Getting the Car to the Track
More Support Equipment
Car Prep
4.SCCA 10173
Organization
Dealing with Officials
Rules
Licensing
Registration
Schedule
In the Paddock
Protests
5.Dealing with Risk89
Safety Equipment
Deceleration Forces
Accident Avoidance
Insurance
Part 2The Four Things That Every Successful Driver Learns
6.Learning to Drive109
Driver's Schools
Car Control
Alan Johnson's Turns
The Real World
Learning Tracks
Road Courses
Street Circuits
Airport Circuits
Racing in the Rain
Ovals
Driving Big Cars
Mental Driving
7.Learning to Race149
Qualifying
Starts
Offensive Passing Maneuvers
Defensive Passing Maneuvers
Race Strategy
8.Chassis Setup163
Where the Rubber Meets the Road
Weight Transfer
Steady State--Balance
Transition--Stability and Response
Differential Types
Aerodynamic Aids
Alignment
Using Data Acquisition
9.Getting Sponsors193
How Sponsorship Works
Sponsor Proposals
Angels
Corporate Sponsors
Taking Care of a Sponsor
Part 3Going Pro
10.Working with a Team209
Getting Amateur Rides
Getting One-Time Pro Rides
Season Contracts
Your Position in an Amateur Team
Your Position in a Pro Team
Working with a Team Manager
Working with an Engineer
11.Running a Team221
Selecting Team Personnel
Positions within the Team
Motivation
Logistics
Expenses
12.Planning a Championship233
Attitude
Improving Your Team's Chances
Evaluating the Competition
Evaluating Your Team
Developing a Season Strategy
Appendix ADriving Schools243
Appendix BRecommended Reading245
Appendix CSources249
Appendix DSanctioning Bodies253
Appendix EGlossary255
Epilogue263
Index267
About the Author279

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