A Winning Adventure: Honda’s Decade in Cart Racing
Tells the complete story of Honda's remarkable turnaround and unprecedented success in in CART racing through frank interviews with key Honda managers and engineers, as well as champion drivers like Alex Zanardi, Juan-Pablo Montoya, Jimmy Vasser, and Gil de Ferran.
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Andretti is the stunning photographic look at auto racing superstar Mario Andretti. With an introduction by Paul Newman, this book is an exciting, lavishly illustrated tribute to one of the greatest racers of all time.
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Autocourse Official Illustrated History of the Indianapolis 500: Revised and Updated Second Edition Includes Tribute to Dan Wheldon
THE Indianapolis "500" is much more than merely the best known automobile race in the world. It is a cherished time-honored institution with a glorious history dating back more than one hundred years. Known to most as, quite simply, "The 500," it has been held every year since 1911, the only exceptions being 1917-18 and 1942-45, during the periods when America was involved in the two world wars. Steeped in tradition, it has meant many things to many people and has played an enormous role in the lives of human beings, perhaps even more so for the spectators and devotees than for the participants themselves. For over half a century, Memorial Day meant either trekking to the track or else ensuring that whatever other activity was planned for the day, a radio would always be within earshot. In more recent decades, settling down in front of the television has been added to the equation, while it is now the Sunday of Memorial Day weekend on which the extravaganza takes place, rather than on Memorial Day itself. But the feeling is the same. For the participants, it has been a nearly 100-year saga of dreams, innovation, ingenuity, bravery, triumph, and tragedy. Paupers became millionaires, young men from small towns and broken homes became international celebrities, and regrettably, some of them gave their lives. The "500" has endured world wars, depressions, recessions, political strife, and negative journalism, and yet it continues to draw massive passionate and emotional crowds, whose loyalty is rewarded with never-to-be-forgotten moments such as the finishes of 2006 and 2011, when Dan Wheldon snatched victory on literally the final turn. This, then, is the story of the Indianapolis 500 and how it came to be. This is the story of more than 100 editions of the race, interspersed with a look at some of the compelling personalities, some little-known facts, an attempt to document the origins of some of the traditions, and perhaps even to dispel a few myths. From Harroun to Franchitti, it's all here…
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Beast: The Top-Secret Penske-Ilmor Engine That Shocked the Racing World at the Indy 500
Roger Penske was always looking for ways to gain the 'Unfair Advantage' with his cars. The Penske PC23 Mercedes, debuted at the 1994 Indy 500, bent the rules very close to the breaking point. Created in absolute secrecy, the new engine from Ilmor gave Team Penske 200 more horsepower than any other car in the race.
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Black Noon: The Year They Stopped the Indy 500
Winner of the 2014 Dean Batchelor Award, Motor Press Guild "Book of the Year" Before noon on May 30th, 1964, the Indy 500 was stopped for the first time in history by an accident. Seven cars had crashed in a fiery wreck, killing two drivers, and threatening the very future of the 500. Black Noon chronicles one of the darkest and most important days in auto-racing history. As rookie Dave MacDonald came out of the fourth turn and onto the front stretch at the end of the second lap, he found his rear-engine car lifted by the turbulence kicked up from two cars he was attempting to pass. With limited steering input, MacDonald lost control of his car and careened off the inside wall of the track, exploding into a huge fireball and sliding back into oncoming traffic. Closing fast was affable fan favorite Eddie Sachs. "The Clown Prince of Racing" hit MacDonald's sliding car broadside, setting off a second explosion that killed Sachs instantly. MacDonald, pulled from the wreckage, died two hours later. After the track was cleared and the race restarted, it was legend A. J. Foyt who raced to a decisive, if hollow, victory. Torn between elation and horror, Foyt, along with others, championed stricter safety regulations, including mandatory pit stops, limiting the amount a fuel a car could carry, and minimum-weight standards. In this tight, fast-paced narrative, Art Garner brings to life the bygone era when drivers lived hard, raced hard, and at times died hard. Drawing from interviews, Garner expertly reconstructs the fateful events and decisions leading up to the sport's blackest day, and the incriminating aftermath that forever altered the sport. Black Noon remembers the race that changed everything and the men that paved the way for the Golden Age of Indy car racing.
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Blood and Smoke: A True Tale of Mystery, Mayhem and the Birth of the Indy 500
One hundred years ago, 40 cars lined up for the first Indianapolis 500. We are still waiting to find out who won. The Indy 500 was created to showcase the controversial new sport of automobile racing, which was sweeping the country. Daring young men were driving automobiles at the astonishing speed of 75 miles per hour, testing themselves and their vehicles. With no seat belts, hard helmets or roll bars, the dangers were enormous. When the Indianapolis Motor Speedway opened in 1909, seven people were killed, some of them spectators. Oil-slicked surfaces, clouds of smoke, exploding tires, and flying grit all made driving extremely hazardous, especially with the open-cockpit, windshield-less vehicles. Bookmakers offered bets not only on who might win but who might survive. But this book is about more than a race--it is the story of America at the dawn of the automobile age, a country in love with speed, danger, and spectacle.
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Chasing Checkers
A young man with a secret past chases his dreams. Funny, gripping, and inspired by true events. The finish line is only the beginning... Teddy has been racing cars since he was seven. He's always dreamed of driving professionally. But when an old friend calls him on the eve of his 17th birthday and offers him the chance to make his dream a reality, Teddy can't help but ask himself - is he ready? From his first go-kart race to his days at racing academy, the road to the biggest race in Teddy's life is anything but smooth. Along the way, he makes friends who support and shape him as a driver, and he battles those who will do anything to stand in his way. He discovers secrets about his past that force him to question his destiny. And when he's confronted with the dangerous realities of racing at the highest level, Teddy must face the ultimate question. Is it all worth it? Christopher Hinchcliffe draws inspiration from the life of his brother, Canadian Indy Car driver James Hinchcliffe, to tell a moving and action-packed story that pulls you into the driver's seat for a ride you'll never forget. Full of true-to-life details and stories adapted from his brother's own rise through ranks of racing, the book offers a unique glimpse into this high-paced world. Chasing Checkers has something for everyone - it's not just for race fans. If you love sports fiction, YA, action and adventure, or inspirational books, you will find something to enjoy.
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Greg Moore: A Legacy of Spirit
What is it about Greg Moore that caused so many to fall in love and so many to be devastated when he died? Greg's life was a celebration of youth, spirit, accomplishment, and charity. He was doing what he loved, with people he loved and respected. He was succeeding as an automobile racer and, even more, as a human being. He inspired everyone to act openly, positively, and with good humor. His easy grin and natural outgoing friendliness captured people's hearts and minds. When you met him you felt he was a friend for life. He made people like he was one of them, whomever they were. If you got close enough to say hello, to catch his eye, you felt you knew him. And anyone who knew him well thought of him as a man beyond his years, unusually free of the conflicts of youth. Although he seemed settled and mature, Greg Moore still revealed a sense of adventure and wonder. His achievements as a driver were impressive and have assured him a place in the galaxy of greats. Yet his spirit of sincerity and goodwill is the abiding memory that will live on. Through the memories of his family, friends, colleagues, mentors, and Greg himself, Greg Moore: A Legacy of Spirit tells the story of this remarkable young athlete. Through photographs and memorabilia that trace his life and career, we are given a lasting image of a life lived well, but far too short.
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Indianapolis 500: A Century of Excitement
Since the dawn of automotive racing, the world's best drivers have tested their skills, bravery and the limits of speed in the legendary Indianapolis 500. The winner claims the historic Borg-Warner Trophy, and racing immortality. Officially licensed in cooperation with the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Indianapolis 500: A Century of Excitement tells the compelling and entertaining story of the race that has become known as simply "The Greatest Spectacle in Racing." Overflowing with photographs hand-picked from the Speedway's mammoth photo archives, and filled with historic, behind-the-scene stories, you'll revel in the history that has shaped this amazing event.
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Indianapolis Motor Speedway: 100 Years of Racing
In this beautiful hardcover, big format book, readers will enjoy a visually compelling and scintillating 100-year history of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, an American icon and the world's greatest racecourse. Featuring hundreds of never-before-published photos from the Speedway's archives, readers will be captivated by this abundantly illustrated hardcover experience as it captures the spirit, the joy and the fun that helps define this great epicenter of racing. Readers will discover how the Speedway, having survived two World Wars, the Great Depression, near bankruptcy and a myriad of other difficulties, has evolved into more than a racetrack. Immersed in tradition, innovation and excitement, the Speedway transcends racing in becoming a cherished institution beloved by millions worldwide.
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Indy Cars 1911-1939: Great Racers from the Crucible of Speed
When a group of Indianapolis businessmen built a 2 1/2-mile track and decided to stage a 500-mile race in 1911 it was an epic undertaking with a huge purse for the times that drew racers from Europe as well as America. Delage, Peugeot, Ballot and Mercedes cars came to win dollars and inspire America's racing-car builders, Harry Miller and the Duesenberg brothers. Soon these native talents came to dominate the 500-mile race, introducing supercharging and front-wheel drive with great success in the 1920s and 16-cylinder engines in the 1930s. This new book in the Ludvigsen Library Series covers racers through the 1930s, completing the Series' sweeping panorama of the cars that raced in the ''500'' from 1911 to the end of the 1970s. Many rare photos from the earliest days of Indy bring the cars, engines and personalities of these pioneering years to life. The drama of their achievements made the Indianapolis 500 the world's greatest auto race.
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Indy Cars of the 1940s: Ludvisen Library Series
For the Old World caught up in the traumas of a bitter conflict, Americas Indianapolis 500-mile race was a New-World beacon of auto-racing speed and excitement during the 1940s. While racing stopped in Europe in 1939, the Indy 500 raced on in 1940 and 41, bringing victories in both years for Wilbur Shaws Maserati. Racing resumed in 1946 with Shaw in charge of the Speedway, now owned by Tony Hulman. The post-war fields were full of exotic machinery from Fageols twin-engined four-wheel-drive car and the front-drive Blue Crowns-1947-48-49 winners-to the rear-engined Tucker Millers and Rounds Rocket plus the imported 1939 Mercedes-Benz of Don Lee and numerous Alfa Romeos and Maseratis. The first Kurtis racers made their debut, as did the awesome Novi. The six-cylinder Thorne Special won in 1946 and Indys only six-wheeled car competed as well. This new Ludvigsen Library book brings to dramatic life the spectacle and excitement of the 1940-1949 era at the Speedway.
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Indy Cars of the 1970s: Ludvisen Library Series
The 1970s was the last creative decade at the great Speedway. The spirit of innovation was still strong in the 1970s, which Ludvigsen calls "The Last Creative Decade" at the great Speedway. The turbocharged decade witnessed the extinction of the venerable four-banger Offy and the rise of the Cosworth V-8, which took Indy racing into the 1980s. A tire war and advanced aerodynamics saw speeds rise so sensationally that, as Ludvigsen says in his insightful Introduction, "The 1971 pole-winning speed wouldn't have qualified a driver for the 1972 race!" Revealing intimate details of the last progressive and experimental decade at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, this book is a must for fans of the world's greatest motor race.
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Indy Racing Legends
Indy Racing Legends contains the profiles of 25 of the greatest drivers and builders in the history of Indy Car racing including A.J. Foyt, Mario Andretti, and Al Unser.
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Indy’s Wildest Decade: Innovation and Revolution at the Brickyard
It's been said a thousand times: necessity is the mother of invention. In racing, the need is for speed, and invention and innovation are the keys to going faster and beating the competition. Nowhere is this more true than at the Indianapolis 500. From the start, Indy has been a hotbed of racing innovation. The early years saw the advancement of engine and chassis design, culminating in Harry Miller's cars and engines that dominated the '20s. In the '30s, the Great Depression hit racing budgets hard; Indy produced the "Junk Formula", and racers responded with a dizzying array of low-buck, home-brew entries. The '40s and '50s saw the rise of the Offy-powered Indy roadsters, but iconoclasts still brought Novis, diesels, sixwheelers, and other oddities to America's greatest race to try their hand. Then in the '60s, all hell broke loose, with one revolution after another racing around the 2.5-mile Brickyard. In this book, Alex Gabbard covers the history of innovation and racing experimentation at the Indy 500, from the Miller era through the Junk Formula and the Roadster era, then gives you a year-by-year account of Indy's wildest decade ever, the 1960s. The transition to rear-engine cars, followed by Ford's stock-block V-8 challengers, turbo versions of both Fords and Offys, STP's turbine cars, DOHC Fords, wider tires, engineers, aerodynamics - all combined to produce some incredible racing that changed the face of Indy forever. Profusely illustrated with more than 300 photos (nearly half of them in color), this book is sure to become a classic among Indy racing fans.
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Juan Pablo Montoya
Juan Pablo Montoya is the most exciting driver to hit Formula 1 since Michael Schumacher, and seemingly the one most likely to challenge the five-times World Champion. Astonishingly, Montoya's life has not been set out in detail - until now. Ace biographer Christopher Hilton charts Montoya's full race career, giving a penetrating insight into his F1 debut with Williams and the consolidation of 2002 which took him to the threshold of superstardom.
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Karting: A Complete Introduction
Written to answer every question prospective karters and their parents may have, this book addresses all aspects of the sport that has groomed young drivers for the top echelons of professional automobile racing. From choosing class, chassis, and engine type to finding the right safety equipment, this book offers a wealth of information for young drivers and parents starting out in the U.S. and Canadian karting scenes. Top authority Jean Genibrel also leads newcomers through the sport's terminology, and illustrates his text with a wide selection of photography. Other topics include: buying used equipment, dealing with kart shops, schools and associations, and money-saving strategies.
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Pace Cars of the Indy 500
Pace Cars of the Indy 500 provides an up-close, hands-on, in-depth, and unique perspective on these interesting autombiles.
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