Not surprisingly, this introduction to Indy car racing starts at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. After a dramatic description of an Indy 500 race, the text briefly defines Indy car racing. An entire chapter is devoted to the sport's surprisingly long history, and is accompanied by archival photographs. Following an incredibly detailed discussion of today's Indy cars, (including specifications that will probably only be of interest to diehard fans or to those writing reports), the book profiles some of the most prominent drivers in the sport. Although the text is sometimes dry, the subject matter and the numerous color photographs are likely to draw in readers for whom this is a high-interest topic. Readers who are particularly enthusiastic about the topic can learn more by contacting one of the organizations whose addresses are included or by pursuing additional information from books and websites listed in the appendix. Part of the "Built for Speed" series. 2003, Capstone Press, Ages 8 to 12.
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Gr 3-7-The primary appeal of these titles is their numerous color photos. The texts are readable, and understandably at a basic level, but there are several oversimplifications, poor wording, and outright errors. Each volume begins with a brief description of a typical race; describes the origins and history of the sport, their sanctioning organizations, and the design and equipment of the cars; and gives a rundown of the variety of races involved. Indy Cars, which covers the Indy Racing League (IRL) and the Championship Auto Racing Team (CART) series, and Stock Cars, with its focus on NASCAR Winston Cup racing, conclude with three biographical sketches each. Dragsters, covering National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) drag racing, takes a different approach, describing three different classes of drag racing: top fuel, funny cars, and pro stock. Michael Dregni's Stock Car Racing (1994; o.p.) and Martin and Kate Hintz's Pro Stock Drag Racing (1996, both Capstone) are similar titles. While the graphics and formats are likely to make the books popular, especially with reluctant readers, the flawed writing limits their reliability as information sources.-Jeffrey A. French, Euclid Public Library, OH Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.