Successful Race Car Driver: A Career Development Handbook

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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
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780768004977
  • Publisher: Society of Automotive Engineers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 12/1/1999
  • Pages: 297

Table of Contents

Author's Note ix
Prologue xi
Acknowledgments xiii
Introduction xv
Part 1 Making a Commitment
1. Mind and Body 3
Psychological Elements
Physical Condition
Strength Training
Coordination and the Senses
2. Selecting a Class and Car 29
The Type of Car You Race--Karts
Oval Track Cars
Road Racing Cars
Spec cars
Choosing a Car
Building a Car
3. Preparation 57
Fitting the Car to the Driver
Support Equipment
Getting the Car to the Track
More Support Equipment
Car Prep
4. SCCA 101 73
Dealing with Officials
In the Paddock
5. Dealing with Risk 89
Safety Equipment
Deceleration Forces
Accident Avoidance
Part 2 The Four Things That Every Successful Driver Learns
6. Learning to Drive 109
Driver's Schools
Car Control
Alan Johnson's Turns
The Real World
Learning Tracks
Road Courses
Street Circuits
Airport Circuits
Racing in the Rain
Driving Big Cars
Mental Driving
7. Learning to Race 149
Offensive Passing Maneuvers
Defensive Passing Maneuvers
Race Strategy
8. Chassis Setup 163
Where the Rubber Meets the Road
Weight Transfer
Steady State--Balance
Transition--Stability and Response
Differential Types
Aerodynamic Aids
Using Data Acquisition
9. Getting Sponsors 193
How Sponsorship Works
Sponsor Proposals
Corporate Sponsors
Taking Care of a Sponsor
Part 3 Going Pro
10. Working with a Team 209
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 Team 221
Selecting Team Personnel
Positions within the Team
12. Planning a Championship 233
Improving Your Team's Chances
Evaluating the Competition
Evaluating Your Team
Developing a Season Strategy
Appendix A Driving Schools 243
Appendix B Recommended Reading 245
Appendix C Sources 249
Appendix D Sanctioning Bodies 253
Appendix E Glossary 255
Epilogue 263
Index 267
About the Author 279
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