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Derek Daly
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29 Feb 2008
World-class race car driver, commentator, and entrepreneur Derek Daly draws on his original research and firsthand experience with some of the legends of auto racing to explain why some individuals and teams reach their potential and others fail. In this crash-course on the mechanics of success and the principles of high performance, Daly outlines the six key aspects of becoming a successful race car driver. He describes the strenghts and weaknesses among different drivers and details how these come into play in creating a champion. Written from years of personal exerience, observation, and involvment with the racing world this is an invaluble book for any racer, performance driver, and would-be racer

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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Motorbooks International; 1 edition (29 Feb 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0760331855
  • ISBN-13: 978-0760331859
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 16.1 x 2.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 436,395 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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book as a road map for your career -- It may be too late for Jenson Button to turn around his poor fortune to become a world beater. That s the view of former Formula 1 driver Derek Daly, who fears the youthful burning hunger to succeed may have passed 28-year-old Button by during his last two tortured years with Honda. Daly, now a respected TV pundit and driver coach, has written a book advocating his pyramid theory for ultimate success. He believes the building bricks of talent plus technical, communication, mental and physical skills are topped off in champions by desire and commitment. And without all the bricks in place, the pyramid will crumble. Former Tyrrell and Williams ace Daly reckons that in Button s early days with BAR the team that morphed into Honda he looked like a potential world champ. He says: 'Jenson appeared to have the momentum to propel him to greatness. 'The team then faltered. Jenson will have lost the Hamilton/Kubica type of hunger/drive and sometimes it s hard to get that back.' Irishman Daly added that Honda F1 chief Ross Brawn must not only oversee the creation of a swifter car next season, but will also have to 'rebuild the fast old(er) driver'. Daly, whose book is called Race To Win, admits he did not have all the 'pyramid' components in place when he was in F1. Here are his views on some of the other current aces . . . Lewis Hamilton (McLaren): 'Has all the attributes of the champion s pyramid but his technical abilities won t be fully developed. Has proven he has the mental skills to block out worldly distractions.' Felipe Massa (Ferrari): 'His pyramid is soft in the mental skills area. He would have benefited greatly if his manager had addressed his emotional needs and mental make-up before he made it to F1. Just doing the job uses enormous amounts of mental capacity. When he runs out of capacity he flies off the road.' Heikki Kovalainen (McLaren): 'He might want to be world champion this year and therefore tries too hard, whereas if his expectations were lowered he could develop his pyramid to be superb in two years.' The Sun; This book, by former Grand Prix racing driver Derek Daley, is a step-by-step guide manual for drivers, mechanics, team managers and parents to follow if they want to be successful in motorsport. He also describes his 'Chamions Pyramid' - six qualities that a driver needs to master and balance to succeed in racing and in life. He analyses what made Michael Schumaker, Ayrton Senna, Dale Earnhardt Sr and Mario Andretti along with many more champions successful, and how drivers can adapt what these champions did into their own routine. personal choices are what seperates champions from --The Sun, 2008 --The Sun, 2008<br /><br />Retired race car driver turned television broadcaster and motivational guru Derek Daly has penned his first book. The 256-page hard-bound book analyzes what makes race teams sucesses and failures...is full of lessons that extend well beyond racing and into the business world. If Mario Andretti thinks it's a good book, then it's a good book. Afer reading Race to Win, I've got to tell you, Mario's wrong. This is a great book, one that every aspiring racing driver must read - and follow. If you want to succeed as something other than a racing driver - really succeed - you can use this --motorsportforum dot com;Derek's book teachs lessons it took guys like me years to learn. Quite honestly, I belive the advice in this book resonates far beyond the racing industry(Mario Andretti) We know what you're thinking. What business does a man who never won a championship above F3 level have in writing a book with such a title? But to disregard Race To Win purely because Derek Daly never conquerd F1, NASC --Motorbar dot com, November 2008

Former Formula 1, Indycar and Sportscar racer Derek daly has become quite successful of the race track throguh his race commentary on US TV Sports Channels, testinf Formula 1 and various US based race acrs, as well as running the race school at Las Vegas Speedway. The Dubliner's latest work is in writing a step-by-step manual for drivers, mechanics, team mangares and parests to follow if they wish to become successful in motorsports. 'Race To Win - How to Become a Complete Champion Driver' (with forward by legendery racers Mario Andretti) analyses what made the likes of Michael Schumaker, Ayrton Senna, and Dale Earnheardt Sr plus others successful, and how these champion drivers adopted to their task. derek revelas his Champion's Pyramid, teh six qualaties that a driver needs to master a balance to succeed in racing and in life. Anyone with even a passing interest in motor racing will find this a fascinating read. --Motorsport, February, 2009

It's not often one comes across a book that is as clearly destined to become a future classic, as Derek Daly's Race to Win. What sets Daly's book apart is its sheer honesty. He brutally analyses his own and other drivers' failings and sets out what he calls his 'Champion's Pyramid' - the essential ingredients a driver must develop to win: Irish times;The concept of The Champion's Pyramid, well articulated in this book, is universal. The six 'ingredients necessary to success' are as necessary for a Politician, CEO, Manager, Musician, Salesman etc., or athlete in any sport:Unsere Gedanken; Daly's book is timely and needed for current and prospective racing drivers. His analogies and stories, including his recollection and account of his own near-fatal Indy Car 1984 crash in Tony Bettenhausen's Provimi Veal Indy Car at Michigan International Speedway, provide interesting reading. Daly wrote about his own weaknesses and identified practices that make racing drivers great drivers and champions. That is vital information for anyone embarking on or currently engaged in a racing career:racingwest dot com: In this particular case you really can judge a book by its cover. Race to Win: How to become a Complete Champion Driver really does deliver on this grand statement by offering an informative yet easy to approach book on how to be the best motorsport racer you can be --Classic Car weekly

About the Author

Derek Daly is known in motorsport circles around the world as a talanted and passionate driver, writer, broadcaster, racing advisor, and businessman. He competed as a professional racing driver for 17 years before becoming a TV racing commentator, driving school entrepreneur, and public speaker. He is one of the few drivers to compete in all three of the world s most prestigious races: the Indianapolis 500, Monaco Grand Prix, and the Le Mans 24 hour endurance race.

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5.0 out of 5 stars I like 19 Nov 2011
By derek
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Good read for anyone who likes Motorsport or is interested in taking it up for themselves. It will show you how people have been successful in the past.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must for any racing Driver! 2 Nov 2009
If you are serious about motor racing and you want to succeed then you need to read Derek's book. If you are a Team Owner, Manager, or just a Dad; then you should read 'Race to Win'.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Destroying illusions 15 May 2008
By Michael A. Oxley - Published on Amazon.com
How many of us remember Derek Daly racing? Of those that do, you will remember that he was fast. His outright speed in the lower formulas propelled him quickly into Formula 1 and then he slowly cracked. He learned the hard way that to succeed in F1 you needed more than the ability to go fast. Daly was a driver who was almost great, but lacked the complete package and the knowledge of how to be that complete package. As a result he was impressive in a few races but ultimately proved too incomplete of a driver to stay in F1. This pattern of relying on his natural speed got him other drives, in other racing series, but with much the same results as his F1 career.

Fast forward a few years and we see Daly as a broadcaster, using his contacts within F1 to provide us ESPN watchers a unique inside view into racing. Daly worked with many team principles, knew many of the great drivers, on both sides of the pond, and used that knowledge to build a good career calling races.

Fast forward a few more years and we see Daly starting a driving academy and this is the Genesis point for his new book. I've read this book and I have to say that it's 100% correct. Every word of it.

In the book, Daly has constructed and explained what he calls the 'Champion's Pyramid'. It details all the ingredients that a driver must have to become a Champion. A Champion needs far more that the 'luck' to get a good car and team and he needs far more than just on-track racecraft to win a race, let alone a championship. Daly explains this and uses his own hard-won experience and that of multiple sources (past drivers, team principles, current drivers, expert journalists) to back up each category on his Pyramid.

Some will discount this book because they discount Daly. That would be a mistake because this book stands alone and above any other book written by any other driver save, perhaps, Jim Clark. It stands alone because Daly has taken an honest look at himself and his mistakes...and has arrived at the correct reasons for his mistakes and has structured a development program with that knowledge that will help future drivers avoid those mistakes. No other driver has had the courage to be so honest with himself.

If you strive to understand F1, then get this book and read it. I warn you, though, that after reading this book you never again judge a driver's quality and skill simply by how fast he goes.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very interesting book for aspiring racers and race fans. 1 April 2008
By Scott Thompson - Published on Amazon.com
Very interesting book for aspiring racers and race fans. I have been involved in Indy Car Racing in the past and I was both entertained and educated by Derek Daly's book. His candid assessment of his own career and other high profile drivers should help young racers to improve their chances of succeeding in racing.

I would also recommend this book to parents who have children in racing.
4.0 out of 5 stars Advice for Life 17 May 2012
By Charles Kliment - Published on Amazon.com
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An interesting read full of advice on how to be a better race car driver, most of which is applicable to whatever you do in life.
5.0 out of 5 stars The Champion's Lifestyle 22 Dec 2010
By 250 TR - Published on Amazon.com
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This is not a book on driving technique. What it does is to map out the trail to becoming a motorsports champion. Derek Daly does
a great dissection of the world's greatest drivers and what makes them so different from the also rans. He tells us where the also rans careers faded away, while the champions prevailed. If you think you've got what it takes, then read this book. You will find it takes a lifestyle of total dedication and sacrifice and not just being a skilled fearless tiger.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Good driver, bland writer 20 Jun 2008
By Panda Taglioni - Published on Amazon.com
The knowledge he shares is just basic common sense that anyone who listened to their parents would of learned by the time they were 15 years old, Very annoying read, most chapters start about four pages back in the previous chapter, repeating over and over again like a TV show recap after the commercial break, but not always with the same conclusion, many of the stories have detail changes when repeated.
I get the feeling he took breaks after each chapter and did not read it back before starting the next one.
By page 33 he is still telling you what the book will teach you, but never reveals anything you haven't heard before.
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