Are you interested in learning even more about high-performance driving? Karl Seeger has compiled a list of books we’ve enjoyed, listed below alphabetically by author. Although almost all of them deal with racing technique, most of the material can transfer directly to what we teach at our driving schools.
Don’t know where to start your collection? The “must have” books are listed with an ♦ in front of the title.
Winning, A Race Driver’s Handbook
George A Anderson (1993) ISBN 0-87938-776-9 Motorbooks International
Not so much driving technique but how to start SCCA racing.
♦ SpeedSecrets, Professional Race Driving Techniques
Ross Bentley (1998) ISBN 0-7603-0518-8 MBI Publishing
Great book on basic technique.
Inner SpeedSecrets, Mental Strategies to Maximize Your Racing Performance
Ross Bentley and Ronn Langford (2000) ISBN 0-7603-0834-9 MBI Publishing
Speed Secrets 2, More Professional Race Driving Techniques
Ross Bentley (2003) ISBN 0-7603-1510-8 MBI Publishing
In this book Ross keys in on teaching and coaching skills, you need to read his first book before reading this one!
Bob Bondurant on High Performance Driving
Bob Bondurant with John Blakemore (1982) ISBN 0-87938-158-2 Motorbooks International
Good basic technique book and examples of actual tire contact patches.
A Twist of the Wrist, The Motorcycle Road Racers Handbook
Keith Code (1983) ISBN 0-918226-08-2 Acrobat Books
Great book about visual skills and technique.
♦ Sports Car and Competition Driving
Paul Frere (1963) ISBN 0-8376-0034-0 Robert Bentley
Very technical and if you like math this is the book for you!
The Racing Driver, The Theory and Practice of Fast Driving
Denis Jenkinson (1959) ISBN 0-8376-0201-7 Bentley Publishers
Very old “English” style book but full of good driving tidbits and history. This is where the term “10/10ths” came from!
The Art and Science of Grand Prix Driving
Niki Lauda (1977) ISBN 0-87938-049-7 Motorbooks International
Some technique here but mostly Niki’s opinions on how to win Grand Prix’s.
Going Faster, Mastering the Art of Race Driving, The Skip Barber Racing School
Carl Lopez (1997) ISBN 0-8376-0227-0 Bentley Publishers
Good book with a review of in-car data logging.
Ayrton Senna’s Principles of Race Driving
Ayrton Senna (1993) ISBN 1-874557-40-3 Hazleton Publishing
Good book on technique. There is a great section on personal exercise routines Ayton used to keep in shape.
Prepare to Win, The Nuts and Bolts Guide to Professional Race Car Preparation
Carroll Smith (1975) Library of Congress Catalog Card Number 75-1565 Aero Publishers
Tune to Win, The Art and Science of Race Car Development and Tuning
Carroll Smith (1978) Library of Congress Catalog Card Number 78-73549 Aero Publishers
Engineer to Win, The Essential Guide to Racing Car Materials Technology or How to Build Winners which Don’t Break
Carroll Smith (1984) ISBN 0-87938-186-8 MBI Publishing
(The last three books are the BIBLES for race car preparation and understanding the dynamics of race car handling, tuning and building!)
Drive to Win, the Essential Guide to Race Driving
Carroll Smith (1996) ISBN 0-9651600-0-9 Carroll Smith Consulting
Carroll’s swing on driver/engineer interaction. Some technique and the other stuff needed to go professionally racing.
The Technique of Motor Racing
Pierro Taruffi (1959) ISBN 0837602289 Bentley Publishers
The forward is by Juan Manuel Fangio! It’s sort of the original race driver’s how-to book.
♦ Secrets of Solo Racing, Expert Techniques for Autocross & Time Trials
Henry A. Watts (1989) ISBN 0-9620573-1-2 Loki Publishing
Good technique book, lots of examples (people steal from this book all the time).