Reference Books


It has been said that knowledge is power.  In our case, knowledge is speed.  The more you know about how a race car is built and works the faster you can be.  At the same time you need to learn to drive a high performance vehicle properly in order to get the maximum speed from it.  Here are some of the books in my library that I suggest you read.

“Prepare to Win” and “Tune to Win” by Carroll Smith.  Even though these books were written 40 years ago, the information is still relevant today.  Carroll Smith was one of the first “gurus” of racing that put his knowledge and experience in print.

“Advanced Race Car Chassis Technology” by Bob Bolles.  Bolles is one of the most knowledgeable people in the business when it comes to race car chassis.  His background is primarily in stock cars but most of his information can be applied to road race cars also.  Be sure and read the chapter on front moment centers.

“Chassis Engineering” by Herb Adams.  Adams is well known in the road racing world and was a pioneer for many of the concepts in use today.

“How to Become a Winning Crew Chief” by Larry McReynolds.  This book is about racing a stock car but the principles he discusses apply to just about any race car and series.

“Making Sense of Squiggly Lines” by Christopher Brown covers the use of data acquisition in a race car.  The understanding and use of data acquisition is mandatory if you are going to be successful in today’s motorsports world regardless of the type you are doing.

“Ultimate Speed Secrets” by Ross  Bentley.  Bentley covers the technical as well as the physical and mental aspects of racing.  He very good at describing the mental part of racing and how to maximize its effectiveness.