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Speed Secrets: Professional Race Driving Techniques

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Shave lap times or find a faster line through your favorite set of S-curves with professional race driver Ross Bentley as he shows you the quickest line from apex to apex! With tips and commentary from current race drivers, Bentley covers the vital techniques of speed, from visualizing lines to interpreting tire temps to put you in front of the pack. Includes discussion of ...more
Paperback, 160 pages
Published August 13th 1998 by Motorbooks (first published January 1st 1998)
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Yates Buckley
Mar 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: curious, technical
Quick clear read in the fascinating world of race
car driving training. I think there are leasons here for many other activities in life and how central the mental exercises are to improving your performance.
Nov 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is going to be read over and over by me for the foreseeable future.
May 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I am a race car driver and a racing instructor. This is my go-to book when someone asks me, "which book should I read?" It's also my go-to book when I need a refresher about what's important.

It's not a big book. There's absolutely no filler or wasted words. It's not in-depth either, so if you're looking for a more technical discussion about the hows and whys, this is not your book. If you're looking to take a tenth of a second off your lap times, you probably already know all the information in
Craig Anderson
Jun 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Great resource for beginning and experienced drivers alike. The best thing I took away from the reading was the importance of the skill progression ladder on the track - you can't go faster with z, until you first master x and y, essentially. And highly technical driving details like slip angles that most don't really even think about make a huge difference after you understand the concepts. Highly recommended.
Vinícius Landvoigt
Sep 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-others
Concise but effective. Definitely the best overall introduction to racing, from car dynamics, techniques, track analysis to mindset and sponsorship gathering, it covers all relevant aspects of the activity. The speed secrets listed throughout the book are not just useful for a race driver but also for a street driver.
Lewis Manalo
May 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: didn-t-finish
After the first couple chapters I realized that I've been driving the wrong way for years! The book gets a little technical for a reader with only a general interest, but it was interesting to learn some of the mechanical concerns that racing teams have.
Nov 14, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: nonfiction, racing
Excellent practical guide to techniques for going faster.
Jan 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Very interesting and fun to read, learned a lot of valuable lessons and have improved my driving skills significantly.
Pete Chan
Oct 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
Must read for those starting out in racing and want to go faster.
Understanding the fundamental concepts is key.
Brian Palmer
Best track driving book I've read.
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