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Autocourse CART Official History: The First Twenty Years (Hazleton History) [Hardcover]

Rick Shaffer
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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Hazleton Publishing; First Edition edition (Jun 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1874557144
  • ISBN-13: 978-1874557142
  • Product Dimensions: 32.2 x 24.2 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 393,109 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Following the Championship Auto Racing Teams (CART), from its formation in 1979 through to the completion of its 20th season of competition, this history looks at how the new series developed and grew into the entertaining form of racing that makes it so popular today. CART was born out of the dissatisfaction of a group of Championship Car team owners, who unhappy with the way in which the sport was run, set up a rival racing series for single-seater cars of the type raced in the Indianapolis 500. This history examines the reasons why the 18 team owners decided break away and form their own competition and it looks at the structure and aims of the new championship. The book identifies racing trends that have developed since CART first started and it also highlights the technological evolution of the cars that has occurred during the same period and the different demands imposed by the wide variety of racing circuits visited. Also profiled are all the leading personalities of the series including the teams, their owners, the drivers and other key personnel.

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A handsomely-produced and superbly-researched history of the top racing series in the US, starting from its troubled birth in the late Seventies through to its status second only to Formula One in the late nineties. The narrative concentrates on personalities and themes rather than detailed event-by-event history and the technical side is downplayed a little, but it's very well-written and the production values (typically for any Autocourse title) are absolutely superb. The photography is, as usual, second to none.
This would get five stars, but I have to dock one one star for skimping on some of the most interesting stories -- for example, there's almost nothing about the Penske/Ilmor/Mercedes coup with the pushrod engine at Indy in '94. Still by far the best book I've seen on CART.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Autocourse again produces a winner! 20 Aug 1999
By BTo2439518@AOL.com - Published on Amazon.com
For its entire history the CART series has been the primary focus of my keen interest in motorsports. With super-fast high-tech cars competing on a wide variety of oval tracks, road and street courses, this series has no equal. In true Autocourse style this book is an excellent way to either learn all about the formation and evolution of CART and/or bring back a lot of great racing memories. The text and photography are all superb!
11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing 1 Oct 1999
By T. Fortmann - Published on Amazon.com
Compared to the typical Autocourse title, this is a disappointing book. Some excellent photos is the only highpoint.
Based on previous Autocourse titles, I expected a chronological approach to the subject with detailed race by race statistics and some technical discussion. Instead, the book covers the history of CART themematically with the bare minimum of driver stats and superficial technology comment.
This book could have been so much more; but instead, it is a trivial recount of CART's history. Very disappointing. Not in the same class as other Autocourse titles.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars GOOD OVERALL PICTURE 25 Jan 2000
By PATHERSON - Published on Amazon.com
THis book is often very superficial. It focus most in photos, but it reachs its goal, which is to give s a general picture for CART's first 20 years. It has the place-listings of every year from 1979 to 1998, but it has very few statistical data apart from that. I think it could have less photos and more data.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Definitive Drive Down Memory Lane... in An Indy Car ! 19 Jan 2007
By T. Lester - Published on Amazon.com
For those outside the loop of racing, NASCAR garners a great deal of attention. Lost in all the attention paid to that series is a great style of racing collectively known as "open wheel" or "Champ Car." The CART / Indy Car series has evolved over the years but one thing has always remained. The races are fast, exciting and very competitive. How exciting? Put 800+ horsepower in a 1,600lb car that stands at knee level and enjoy the fun! If you are a fan - new or old - this series from Autocourse is a must-have. Specifically, this edition is a must-have at all costs.

Everything is covered: The formation of the organization into a great racing series. The major names and personalities of the sport. The technological advancements over the years. The champion drivers, cars and engines.

There are timelines which give even greater historical perspective. There are complete results for all races and drivers for 20 years. The photography is fantastic and brings back a lot of memories for someone who's watched these races over the years. All the most memorable moments are covered in detail.
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