Going Faster : Mastering the Art of Race Driving

by Carl Lopez

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Going Faster: Mastering the Art of Race Driving is the perfect resource for all drivers from novice to expert. The fundamentals of fast driving are revealed in this definitive how-to book for racers. You will find the competition-proven methods of instructors and of professional drivers that will give you the know-how to work up the track and stay at the front.

Contents:
Part I: The Fundamentals:
A Plan of Attack
- Mayhem
- Line, Corner Exit Speed, Braking
- Defining the Problem
- Finding the Line
- Car Control for Exit Speed
- Slowing for Corners
- Out on the Racetrack
- A Sample Run
- The Framework of Fast Laps
The Three Basics: Line, Corner Exit Speed, Braking
- Line Fundamentals
- Common Errors
- Exit Speed
- Braking and Entering
- The Analytical Racer

Part II: Developing the Basics:
The Real-World Line
- Speed Changes Things
- Shortcuts to the Line
- Beyond Geometry
- The Whole Racetrack
- Grading Corners
- Knowledge is Speed
Mastering Car Control
- Genuine Confidence is Earned
- Redefining Oversteer, Understeer, and Neutral
- Using the Controls to Alter Handling Balance
- Rotation
- Over-Rotation
- Under-Rotation
- Big Rotation?Pitching
- Multiple-Event Corners
- Front/All Wheel Drive
- Summing Up
Braking and Entering
- Block 1: Throttle-Brake Transition
- Block 2: Straight-Line Deceleration
- Block 3: Decelerating While Turning (Trail-Braking)
- Block 4: The Brake-to-Throttle Transition
Shifting
- Downshifting
- Mistakes
- Getting Good
- Upshifting

Part III: Honing Your Skills and Strategies
● Working Up a Track: From Map to Laps
- ?Working Up? the Racetrack
- First Impressions
- Focus on the Details
- Time to Drive
● Finding Lap Time
- Sebring?Our Laboratory
- From Warm-Up to Fast Laps
- Chasing a Faster Pace
- Where the Time Goes
- Implications of the Data
● Passing
- The Rules
- Cooperating
- Passing Equal Cars
- Passing in the Braking Zone
- The Out-Braking Game
- Defending Your Position
● The Reality of Racing
- Qualifying
- Rehearsal's Over
- Starts
- The Body of the Race
- The Final Stages
- Caring for the Car
- Post-Race Critique
● Accidents
- Risk is Inevitable
- The Spin
- Hitting Hard
- Common Errors
- Being the Victim
- Prepare for the Worst
- Laugh and the World Laughs with You
● Racing in the Rain
- Maintaining Visibility
- Optimizing Traction
- Changing Your Set-Up
- Rain-Driving Techniques
- Common-Sense Tips

Part IV: The Role of Hardware
● Tyres
- Traction Basics
- Caring for Tires
- Street Tires
- The Basic Rules for Tires
Chassis Adjustments
- Load Transfer
- Methods of Changing Bias
- Longitudinal Load Transfer
- Adjustments under Braking
- Lateral Load Transfer
- Cornering Adjustments
- Weight Jacking
- Aerodynamics
- Describing Car Behavior

Part V: Becoming a Race Driver
● Comparing Cars
- Formula Dodge & RT/2000
- Showroom Stock Racing
- Barber Dodge Pro Series
- Front-Engine Sedans and SCCA Trans Am
- Sports Prototypes
- Indy Lights
- Indy Car
● Inside the World of Racing
- Be Realistic
- Racing is Different
- Sponsorship
- Money isn't Everything
- The Job
- Ups and Downs

Appendix: Racing Resources
- Karts: Schools
- Karts: Sanctioning Bodies
- Car Club Time Trial Events
- Vintage Racing: Organizations
- Legends Cars
- SCCA
- Major Professional Racing Schools
- Professional School Racing Series
- Major Oval Racing Sanctioning Bodies
- Road Racing Sanctioning Bodies
- Publications

This racing reference reveals the secrets of mastering car control, reducing lap times, and takes the reader inside the world of racing.

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  • Publisher: Robert Bentley, Inc Publishers
  • ISBN: 0837602262 (0-837-60226-2)
  • ISBN-13: 9780837602264 (978-0-837-60226-4)
  • Format: Softcover, 278 pages
  • Date Published: 2001

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