Ultimate Speed Secrets: The Complete Guide to High-Performance and Race Driving

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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 ...

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Overview

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!

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"If you are a track-day driver or a regular racer, I guaranteed the $20 or less you pay for his book will be the most cost-effective way to lower your lap time you ever invested." - Keith Martin's Sports Car Market

“Ross Bentley’s Speed Secrets series of coaching books are a favorite around our office: they really help the driver to grasp what it takes to win. From cornering to the business of racing, Ross has covered it all. Ultimate Speed Secrets is a condensed version of all of his previous books and serves as a good refresher for those of us who haven’t read his back catalog in years. Put it on your shelf, or in your gear bag for those long nights before the big race.” – Grassroots Motorsports

“Virtually everyone who races wants to improve their technique and lap times. Ross Bentley is one of the best-known racing instructors who has been able to put to words what he teaches in person, down to choosing lines and adapting to different cars and trucks. This is the latest version of his previous work with completely new text, photos and diagrams. Well worth the read to get your needed speed!” - Vintage Motorsport

“Author Ross Bentley dishes on what every professional track driver knows about driving that you probably don’t. He’s no amateur; Bentley won the United States Road Racing Championship while driving for BMW-backed racing team, and the 2003 24 Hours of Daytona. Even if you’re not venturing onto a track, knowing how to clip an apex should help on freeway ramps.” - The Virginian-Pilot

"This new book presents more racing knowledge in an easy to comprehend, adapt and use than any previous ones over decades of racing. It is not a quick read but an excellent one with much to ponder, reflect on and put into practice. After each track session you'll probably return to it to further hone your skills and fitness both mental and physical. It is complete coaching for the vintage or amateur and it also has many items for the serious aspiring oval or road racer. This means team building, team dynamics, sponsors and sponsorships and much more. It has much to offer the vintage racer no matter the type of car or the intensity of the competition. Buy it, read it, practice the info and you'll be a safer, quicker and more satisfied race car driver." - Vintage Oval Racing

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780760340509
  • Publisher: Motorbooks
  • Publication date: 8/25/2011
  • Series: Speed Secrets Series
  • Edition description: First
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 258,700
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Ross Bentley is the author of the popular Motorbooks Speed Secrets series. He is a racing coach, race car driver, author, and speaker. Bentley grew up in a racing family in Vancouver, British Columbia. He raced in the CART Indy Car series in the 1990s before moving on to endurance racing, where he won the 1998 GT3 United States Road Racing Championship and the 2003 SRPII Class Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona. Bentley resides in Issaquah, Washington.

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Table of Contents

Preface 4

Introduction 5

1 Behind the Wheel 9

2 The Controls 13

3 Shifting 18

4 Chassis and Suspension Basics 23

5 Race Gar Dynamics 30

6 Driving the Limit 48

7 Fancy Footwork 58

8 Cornering Technique 72

9 The Line 30

10 Prioritizing Corners 87

11 Different Corners, Different Lines 92

12 Learning the Track 95

13 The Exit Phase 102

14 The Entry Phase 105

15 The Midcorner Phase 116

16 Vision 120

17 Racing in the Rain 123

18 Racecraft 128

19 Different Cars, Different Techniques 133

20 How the Driver's Mind Works 135

21 Brain Integration 139

22 Sensory Input 144

23 Mental Programming 158

24 State of Mind 177

25 Decision Making 179

26 Focus 180

27 Behavioral Traits 183

28 Belief System 186

29 The Inner Game of Racing 193

30 Managing Errors 210

31 Comfortable Being Uncomfortable 217

32 Using Your Strengths 219

33 Learning 221

34 Adaptability 235

35 Oval Track 246

36 The Unknown Corner 249

37 Car Control 252

38 The Limit 253

39 Going Faster 257

40 Practice and Testing 263

41 Qualifying 270

42 The Race 274

43 The Complete Race Driver 280

44 Engineering Feedback 286

45 Team Dynamics 290

46 Data Acquisition 300

47 Communications and Records 306

48 Safety 309

49 Driver as Athlete 314

50 Flags and Officials 317

51 The Business of Racing 319

52 The Perfect Driver 326

53 The Real Winner 330

Appendix A Resources 333

Appendix B Self Coaching Questions 334

About the Author 335

Index 335

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