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Inside Racing: A Season with the PacWest CART Indy Car Team [Paperback]

Paul Haney , Linda Mansfield
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  • Paperback: 358 pages
  • Publisher: Motorbooks International (Feb 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0964641410
  • ISBN-13: 978-0964641419
  • Product Dimensions: 27.1 x 21.2 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,477,807 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I'm extremely pleased by these reviews!
These reviews extremely gratifying. What these guys are saying about the book is exactly what I wanted to get across. Inside Racing is very different from any other book on racing. No writer has ever had the access I had with PacWest mainly because the team owner, Bruce McCaw, has been a subscriber to my newsletter, TV MOTORSPORTS, for years and trusted me to write an honest report.

My engineering education and industry experience helps me understand some of the technical issues in racing. My first book, Inside Racing Technology, written with Jeff Braun, explains some technical topics in racing and that book helped me establish a reputation with racing technical people. With the PacWest book I wanted to show how hard racing people work, reveal some of the inside personal stories, and explain some of the technical subjects.

I also published these books and that's another hurdle. The PacWest project ruled my life for more than a year and just the travel expenses cost $30,000. I had some help with those expenses from PacWest, Firestone, Reynard, and Motorola. But I paid for the cost of printing 5,000 books. The travel and publishing expenses is why you don't see more books like this. How many people have the time and are willing to take the financial risk? Not many!

Linda Mansfield edited the text for me and we transferred files back and forth on the net which helped get the book done only four months after the season. Bill Nagel, a friend and neighbor, designed the cover and consulted on the page layout. I took most of the photos, drew the track maps with CorelDraw, and laid out the book with PageMaker.

The big payoff for me is the people I got to be with and what I learned about racing. But it would be nice to make some money. Please tell your friends about this book.

Any comments would be welcome at tvmhaney@compuserve.com


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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I have been involved in motorsports for over 10 years, on a pit crew and with a major supplier. It was always amazing to me that many crews members, drivers and sponsors really did not know what it was really like until they were heavily involved in the sport. That has changed with Paul's book. It is very informative for both the casual Indycar fan, and for those who are already in the sport. Many of us on the "inside" of the sport are not able to hear what the engineers/drivers/crew are saying during the course of a race weekend, and especially private testing days. Paul has taken the reader literally behind the "closed doors" of a major Indycar team. If you have ever wondered how a team gets a sponsor, or how they make the car go faster, or what the team does when they leave the track for the day, then Paul will tell you. It is told in a matter-of-fact and easy to follow way, that will keep you interested throughout. I recommend it for the race fan and team member alike! I can't wait for another book by Paul!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A feast for car racing nuts. 9 Nov 1998
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Paul arranged the year we'd all love to have: traveling with a top-line CART team and listening in to all their radio traffic on race weekends. He combines a talent for explaining technical issues with painstaking note-taking (the part of the year we didn't have to worry about) and presents it all with a fresh, self-effacing style.
The bulk of the book is Paul's description of how engineers and drivers set up the PacWest cars. We can listen in as they drift in and out of the right setup, struggling to find the right combination in this hugely competitive racing series.
Buy it if you're fascinated by the technical part of Champ Car racing. Stay away if you're looking for brisk narrative about people or a tight dramatic structure. This is hardcore racing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Highly favorable 9 Mar 1998
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About a year or more ago, I started to take a serious interest in what is now called the FedEx CART series for single-seat mid-engine car - the type formerly know as Indy Cars until there were legal complications withy using the phrase - and I bought a book called Indy Car Champion about the '96 season in which Jimmy Vasser won the highly prestigious PPG Cup for the championship-winning driver in that series and it made a favorable impression on me. It was, in short, a nice little book. But therein lie the problem: its brevity and its inablilty to treat the subject matter in any detail. A highly inexcusable thing to have happen, since author Ned Wicker is an acknoledged expert on CART and the force behind Indy Car Racing magazine. Inside Racing has more than made up for that. What Paul Haney has done is taken the reader into the workings of the highly successful PacWest Racing Group and gone further behind the lines, as it were, than Wicker did with Jimmy Vasser's Target-Ganassi team and it more than shows. There is not only a good race-by-race breakdown of the '97 season, but almost a minute-by-minute treatment of an area of racing that seldom does the average fan get a chance to see. Haney's photographs, while only black-and-white, are highly complimentary to the text and show him to be as skilled with a camera as with a notebook. It has to be one of the best racing books I've ever read and one I'd never hesitate to recommend, and not just to a CART fan, but to a fan of any form of motorsports. James Brooks N. Wilkesboro NC
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5.0 out of 5 stars If you're an auto racing fan, buy this book! 24 Sep 1998
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This is the book I've always wanted to read. I've been a fan of auto racing for many years, but no book has ever given a real "behind the scenes" look at what goes on in a top line race team. Haney's style is very readable and gives a good honest potrayal of all the key members of the race team. None better!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Behind the scenes accounts of a Fed-Ex Championship Team 29 May 1998
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I have been involved in motorsports for over 10 years, on a pit crew and with a major supplier. It was always amazing to me that many crews members, drivers and sponsors really did not know what it was really like until they were heavily involved in the sport. That has changed with Paul's book. It is very informative for both the casual Indycar fan, and for those who are already in the sport. Many of us on the "inside" of the sport are not able to hear what the engineers/drivers/crew are saying during the course of a race weekend, and especially private testing days. Paul has taken the reader literally behind the "closed doors" of a major Indycar team. If you have ever wondered how a team gets a sponsor, or how they make the car go faster, or what the team does when they leave the track for the day, then Paul will tell you. It is told in a matter-of-fact and easy to follow way, that will keep you interested throughout. I recommend it for the race fan and team member alike! I can't wait for another book by Paul!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A feast for car racing nuts. 9 Nov 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Paul arranged the year we'd all love to have: traveling with a top-line CART team and listening in to all their radio traffic on race weekends. He combines a talent for explaining technical issues with painstaking note-taking (the part of the year we didn't have to worry about) and presents it all with a fresh, self-effacing style.
The bulk of the book is Paul's description of how engineers and drivers set up the PacWest cars. We can listen in as they drift in and out of the right setup, struggling to find the right combination in this hugely competitive racing series.
Buy it if you're fascinated by the technical part of Champ Car racing. Stay away if you're looking for brisk narrative about people or a tight dramatic structure. This is hardcore racing.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Driver/Crew Chief details 27 Jan 1999
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I chose a group of books for researh for starting a race team, this was one... If you want detail, this has it, but let me warn... I feel there is too much time spent on the driver/crew chief talks during warm-up/qualifying/race. If you want to learn what goes on between the two this book is for you. The nitty gritty detail of a year in racing is, in my opinion, a bit lacking, but the detail of what goes on between the driver and crew chief is terrific. Haney gets a bit lenghty in the middle races of the season, he found a tape recorder, but rounds out the book back on the brief... while I enjoyed reading the details of weight jacking and spring adjustments, I found too much "car adjustment" detail and not enough "a year in the life of..." details.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If you're an auto racing fan, buy this book! 24 Sep 1998
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This is the book I've always wanted to read. I've been a fan of auto racing for many years, but no book has ever given a real "behind the scenes" look at what goes on in a top line race team. Haney's style is very readable and gives a good honest potrayal of all the key members of the race team. None better!
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly favorable 9 Mar 1998
By James Brooks - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
About a year or more ago, I started to take a serious interest in what is now called the FedEx CART series for single-seat mid-engine car - the type formerly know as Indy Cars until there were legal complications withy using the phrase - and I bought a book called Indy Car Champion about the '96 season in which Jimmy Vasser won the highly prestigious PPG Cup for the championship-winning driver in that series and it made a favorable impression on me. It was, in short, a nice little book. But therein lie the problem: its brevity and its inablilty to treat the subject matter in any detail. A highly inexcusable thing to have happen, since author Ned Wicker is an acknoledged expert on CART and the force behind Indy Car Racing magazine. Inside Racing has more than made up for that. What Paul Haney has done is taken the reader into the workings of the highly successful PacWest Racing Group and gone further behind the lines, as it were, than Wicker did with Jimmy Vasser's Target-Ganassi team and it more than shows. There is not only a good race-by-race breakdown of the '97 season, but almost a minute-by-minute treatment of an area of racing that seldom does the average fan get a chance to see. Haney's photographs, while only black-and-white, are highly complimentary to the text and show him to be as skilled with a camera as with a notebook. It has to be one of the best racing books I've ever read and one I'd never hesitate to recommend, and not just to a CART fan, but to a fan of any form of motorsports. James Brooks N. Wilkesboro NC
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