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Drive to Win: Essential Guide to Race Driving Paperback – March 2, 2012


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 174 pages
  • Publisher: Carroll Smith Consulting (March 2, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615592570
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615592572
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.5 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #716,915 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

The late Carroll Smith is revered throughout the automotive hobby, particularly in racing circles. His books are still considered "standard references" for anyone restoring, building, or fabricating a car or car parts.www.carrollsmith.com

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Wider tires generally provide better grip.
Irfan A. Alvi
With the bedside manner of the Terminator, he tells it like he sees it, and that usually means like it is.
Ed
A perfect addition to Mr. Smith's line of books is "Drive to Win".
wonder@aip.org

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 8, 1999
Format: Paperback
Carroll Smith outlines all the skills and attributes that it takes to be a first class driver. There are sections on race craft, fitness both mental and physical, chassis tuning, tire selection, data acquisition, and general tuning concepts. A well-written and informative book for the race car driver both experienced and novice. Unlike some of the other books that I have read in this category, it was entertaining and informative as opposed to the "text book" style that seems to be so common!
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By wonder@aip.org on February 2, 1998
Format: Paperback
A perfect addition to Mr. Smith's line of books is "Drive to Win". If you wish to improve your skills as a hobbyist or professional then read this book. The book is slightly slanted to the race driver who wishes to enter the professional ranks, but is very informative for the non-professional as well.
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful By YU CHENG-PING on December 10, 2000
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I have read 3 books about racecar driving recently, they are 1. Speed secret 2. Think to win 3. Drive to win. In these books, "Speed secret" is the most simple one like a introduction of racing drive; "Think to win" is a little more complex, let you know how thinking leads to win; "Drive to win" let you understand more way to analysis driving. It contains almost everything what a professional racedriver must know. If you want to master in driving, must read it. My suggestion is to buy another book about this topic and compare two opinions-you will find which old tale is wong (or you can say, not complete).
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Paul E. Boehm on January 19, 2002
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Mr. Smith explains why corner entry is the most important phase of any corner. But it was his explanation of the corner exit technique that helped me the most. He delves into this subject more than any other book I've read. And he explains why it is so important to lap times. After tuning my car's chassis to deliver the recommended exit attitude, I took the car to Texas World Speedway for a lapping session. As I exited turn two I nearly let go of the steering wheel and raised my fist into the air and yelled YAHOO! It was FAST! And you know it as soon as you hit it. You won't need the stopwatch. If you're not applying the principles in this book, you won't beat anyone who is. My highest possible recommendation.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Irfan A. Alvi TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 19, 2012
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This among the best of the several driving books I've read so far. The author, Carroll Smith, clearly has a vast breadth and depth of knowledge gained over decades, and derived from being both in the driver's seat and involved in race car engineering, among other facets of motorsports. Smith writes in a very conversational style which is full of wit and makes the book almost as entertaining as it educational.

There's so much valuable information, insight, and wisdom in this book that it needs to be read more than once. Nevertheless, here are some points from the book which stood out for me personally, and which will hopefully also help you get the flavor of the book:

* Driving race cars well is exceptionally challenging (and fun!). It requires courage, determination, aggression, and confidence balanced with control, calculation, calmness, judgment, and discipline.

* The challenge of driving well is mostly mental rather than physical, though endurance is certainly necessary, and concentration will start to fade before the driver feels tired. Thus much can be gained by thinking about driving (when not driving) and from building stamina.

* Situational awareness and anticipating/controlling car behavior (rather than just reacting to it) are keys to driving well.

* If you can't visualize driving a track with your eyes closed, you haven't developed enough reference points. Visualization is an excellent exercise.

* When following another car, do your own driving - don't let the driver in front drive your car. Likewise, when a car is right behind you, stay disciplined and continue doing your own driving - don't drive in your mirrors.

* In driving, there's no substitute for experience (seat time).
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13 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Zachary Cude on October 17, 2000
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Then you're not going to be a RACECAR Driver!
Or more specifically a road racer. NASCAR maybe, but not road racing.Sorry it's a sad but very true fact. How many American drivers are there right now in CART? 3(2000 season). See Carroll's point? I tell you the man speaks the truth! The first part of this book is on how hopeless it is for you to become a race car driver. Not really, he just tells you cold what it takes to become an F-1 racer. Win world in karts, Formula Ford 1600 (in England of course), then F3, F300, then the big time F-1. You need funding at all of these levels, something I don't have, but a 125cc shifter cart is plenty fast for me. Even Indy car drivers say that 125 shifter's are the most like Indy cars. It's the biggest bang for your buck, trust me.
The rest of the book describes the basics of race car driving. Picking the line, reference points, braking, trail braking, cornering and powering out of the corners. It's a good book, it helps you get through the basics, and take more of a scientific approach towards driving. This book is great, but "Tune to Win" is at least 50% better than this one if a little (very little) more advanced but tons more helpful. Also I think Skip Barber's book is more thorough on the subject, but ALL of Carrol's books are good, this one is no exception. There is more tid bits of practical tips and tricks in this book than you could accumulate in you whole life. Buy this book, and then get a real job. ;)
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