Race to Win: How to Become a Complete Champion Driver

Race to Win: How to Become a Complete Champion Driver


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780760331859
Publisher: Motorbooks
Publication date: 02/15/2008
Edition description: First
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Derek Daly is known in motorsports circles around the world as a talented and passionate driver, writer, broadcaster, racing advisor, and businessman. Daly competed as a professional race car driver for 17 years before becoming a television motorsports commentator, driving school entrepreneur, and public speaker (www.motorvationllc.com). During that time, he was one of a handful of world-class drivers to compete in all three of the most prestigious races in the world: the Indianapolis 500, the Grand Prix of Monaco, and the Le Mans 24-hour endurance race. Born in Dublin, Ireland, Derek Daly currently resides in the metro Indianapolis area with his wife, Rhonda, and their three children. Mario Andretti is auto racing's definition of "Been There, Won That." His professional driving career spanned more than four decades and includes pit'stops as a Formula One driver (1978), an Indy 500 winner (1969), the Daytona 500 (1967), and four CART/USAC open-wheel racing national championships. Andretti has been called Mr. Versatile, known for driving everything from USAC sprint cars on the dirt to IndyCars, sports racing prototypes, and of course F1. He was Newman Haas Racing's first driver when the team was formed in 1982, raced there for 12 seasons, and is considered one of Paul Newman's closest friends.

Table of Contents



Introduction: The Pursuit of Excellence

One: The Champion’s Pyramid

Two: Talent Identification

Three: Technical Skills

Four: Communications

Five: Mental Skills

Six: Physical Fitness

Seven: Desire and Commitment



What People are Saying About This

From the Publisher

“The concept of The Champion’s Pyramid, well articulated in this book, is universal. The six “ingredients necessary to success” are as necessary for a Politician, CEO, Manager, Musician, Salesman etc., or athlete in any sport.” –Bruce Herrington, Unsere Gedanken

“It’s not often one comes across a book that is as clearly destined to become a future classic, as Derek Daly’s Race to Win. What sets Daly’s book apart is its sheer honesty. He brutally analyses his own and other drivers’ failings and sets out what he calls his “Champion’s Pyramid” – the essential ingredients a driver must develop to win.” – Bob Montgomery, Irish Times

“In this particular case you really can judge a book by its cover. Race to Win: How to become a Complete Champion Driver really does deliver on this grand statement by offering an informative yet easy to approach book on how to be the best motorsport racer you can be.” - Classic Car Weekly

“Daly's book is timely and needed for current and prospective racing drivers. His analogies and stories, including his recollection and account of his own near-fatal Indy Car 1984 crash in Tony Bettenhausen's Provimi Veal Indy Car at Michigan International Speedway, provide interesting reading. Daly wrote about his own weaknesses and identified practices that make racing drivers great drivers and champions. That is vital information for anyone embarking on or currently engaged in a racing career.” - Tim Kennedy, racingwest.com

“Anyone with even a passing interest in motor racing will find this a fascinating read.” - Fleet Transport Magazine “…Daily’s book is timely and needed for current and prospective racing drivers.” – Tim Kennedy, Motoracing 


I'm often asked what it takes to become successful in motor racing. I never know quite what to say, mostly because there is no short answer. I know what it took for me to be successful, but I certainly can't explain it in five minutes-maybe not even five hours. It's just too complex.

So when Derek Daly told me he had written a book on how to become successful in motor racing, I was intrigued. The more I read, the more impressed I became with his effort. The book offers a true driver-development path laid out for drivers, team managers, and parents to follow.

I was particularly impressed with his Champion's Pyramid, which has seven qualities that a driver needs to possess (and balance) to succeed. The more balance, the more success. Every element is there-and they're all important. Like baking a cake, no single ingredient is the most important. Miss one, and the whole cake is ruined.

But I think the most fascinating aspect of the book is the number of anecdotes that Derek uses. He cites real drivers and countless scenarios to make his points-and he didn't make this stuff up. It's an examination and breakdown of drivers that results in valuable insight and coaching. My hope is that in reading this someone quickly learns a lesson it took guys like me years to learn. Quite honestly, the lessons in this book could resonate far beyond the racing industry.

I believe it takes a focused, systematic approach to become successful in racing today. And Derek's years racing at the highest levels, along with his time observing drivers from the broadcast booth, have given him the frame of reference and expertise needed to clearly articulate the required ingredients tosucceed as a race driver. The result is a book that is extremely worthwhile and straightforward. For sure, the next time someone asks me what it takes to become a driving champion, I'll have an answer: "Read Derek's book."
-Mario Andretti

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