Who won the first Daytona 500? What do teams do to prepare their cars for 500 miles of hard, high-speed racing? Who gave the Daytona 500 the nickname the "Great American Race"? Learn all about stock car racing's biggest event and the drivers and crew who make it possible in this fascinating, fact-filled book. You will join in the excitement of forty-three cars running nose-to-tail and side-by-side at almost 200 miles per hour. You'll also discover the rich history of stock car racing and find out why it's one of the most popular sports around.
About the Author
Born and raised in Brooklyn, Nancy Roe-Pimm spent a lot of time reading books and fantasizing about living on a horse farm in Montana. She married a rodeo cowboy who soon became a professional race car driver. After working in the pits for ten years on the Indy and NASCAR circuits, Nancy wrote children's books on the Indy 500 and the Daytona 500. Due to her love of animals and her affiliation with the Columbus Zoo, she has two nonfiction books about gorillas, The Heart of the Beast: Eight Great Gorilla Stories and Colo's Story: The Life Of One Grand Gorilla.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Review copy from Lerner PublishingA combination of a history of the Daytona 500 race, and the history of NASCAR, this is a high-octane read for all the racing fans out there! I liked this for two reasons: the design of the book, which breaks the chapters into stories of races and events with lots of well-placed sidebars packed with interesting facts, and the pictures: images of races, crashes, photo finishes, pit crews, racecars, equipment and tools. The race stories were sometimes funny, sometimes wild and crazy, and sometimes tragic. Racing is a risky sport after all, and Pimm follows the development of better safety equipment, especially the Cars Inside and Out chapter. I now know more than I ever thought I would about racecar design and safety features, including how the driver's seat is custom-molded to his or her own behind! There are famous names in racing: Mario Andretti, Bobby Allison, Richard Petty, Darrell Waltrip and Dale Earnhardt, as well as many names in history who are no longer well known, but are still important to racing history. The stories were well chosen for showing how and why racing has changed over these many years, and the writing was engaging. Bonus points for anyone who finds the part that was an important scene in the Disney movie Cars! 6th grade and up.
On February 22, 1959, more than 100,000 NASCAR fans would anxiously peer out over the Daytona tri-oval awaiting the start of the first Daytona 500 race. Mario Andretti later quipped, "You can't call your career complete unless you put a Daytona win under your belt." Perhaps for many fans, they can't say they've really experienced racing until they've actually made a pilgrimage to Daytona to sit in the stands and watch this "500-mile explosion" in person. The roar and excitement doesn't only come from the stock car engines, it comes from an excited, appreciative audience. The Daytona 500 is the "Super Bowl of the National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) circuit," a race that owes its origin to racers on the sands of the Daytona and Ormond beaches. It will almost feel like you're right in the stands watching as you read some interesting vignettes of the sport and hear the crowds go wild as exciting historical stories are recapped. You'll read about the Daytona 500 wild 'n crazy first race, DeWayne "Tiny" Lund's heroism and Cinderella-like chance at winning a race, how Mario Andretti "thrilled the fans and unnerved the other drivers" with his antics on the track, Richard Petty and David Pearson's extreme rivalry, and how "trading paint" ended up in a real time fight between the Allison brothers and Cale Yarborough. The young reader will get a real taste of the "Thrill and Thunder" of the Daytona 500 in the pages of this book. I've read several books about individual racers and the NASCAR circuit, but this is one of the most interesting by far. The marvelous assortment of stories in this book was what interested me the most as I read about the most obscure figures right along with the more commonly known racers in the sport. I found the overview early history of stock car racing jumpstarted this book very nicely and kept my interest until the last pages. The funky real life characters of Henry Seagrave (Mad Major) and Sir Malcolm Campbell were quite interesting to say the least. The book was very well written and researched and many interviews were conducted in person. There are numerous informative sidebars and ~HOT~ photographs. In the back of the book is an index, a glossary (including slang), and interview with John Andretti, an explanation of the meaning of NASCAR flags, source notes, and additional recommended book and website resources to explore. This is a Junior Library Guild Selection. Quill says: If you want to read about the ~HOT~ and fascinating history of the Daytona 500, this is one book you'll find hard to pass up!