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thought this was a great book to help me look at how I can improve in my Solo racing. This book goes into great detail on not just driving techniques, but the need to plan before and after your runs. He covers topics I wouldn't have thought of as helpful to really improving my times. This is my 3rd season in Solo and I think it will be invaluable as I move up a class this season to try and become a better driver. If there is one thing to take away from the book, it's to remember to fix the driver before you try and fix the car. I think this is a great book for everyone who Solo races whether novice or seasoned veteran. --street prepared

As an experience autocrosser, I highly recommend this book for the beginner or the experienced weekend warrior. It is very well written, and should help anyone to improve their technique --blownmiata

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The author of six previous Speed Secrets books, Ross Bentley is a former Indy Car driver and winner of the U.S. Road Racing Championship. Today, he is a professional driving coach who works with drivers at every level of racing, from karting to the IRL. Per Schroeder is Technical Editor at Grassroots Motorsports and Classic Motorsports magazines and is the author of Volkswagen Sport Tuning for Street and Competition from Robert Bentley Publishers

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Detailed planning is key 10 Feb. 2009
By D. Brady - Published on Amazon.com
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I thought this was a great book to help me look at how I can improve in my Solo racing. This book goes into great detail on not just driving techniques, but the need to plan before and after your runs. He covers topics I wouldn't have thought of as helpful to really improving my times. This is my 3rd season in Solo and I think it will be invaluable as I move up a class this season to try and become a better driver. If there is one thing to take away from the book, it's to remember to fix the driver before you try and fix the car.
I think this is a great book for everyone who Solo races whether novice or seasoned veteran.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Ross Bentley's Winning Auto-X Techniques 24 Jan. 2010
By Houssein Bentatou - Published on Amazon.com
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When I first bought this book I wasn't expecting much since there were already 5 books in the Speed Secrets Series. Luckily I was surprised when I found out this book would become my favorite in the series. I've been driving for 2 years now, and one of the first things I did was to buy the first Speed Secrets. That alone made my learning curve very sharp, from karts to cars I used his books to help me become a podium driver. As a fan of his series it appears as though he's taken the best out of his other books and combined them along with specific Auto-x techniques to make this book. Bentley goes through actual physical and mental techniques to help you maximize your seat time and to give you the foundation to practice while you're at home. This is the one in the series I take with me to track days and Auto-x's to review before my sessions. I've bought 3 copies in the past month as presents for friends that are also drivers. Winning Auto-X Techniques is easily the best driving handbook for any racer.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Top Notch 10 July 2009
By A. Bossler - Published on Amazon.com
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This book encompasses everything that an autocross driver needs to know without any extra fluff. There is a lot of info here for such a short read. I recommend that this book be combined with regular autocross events to practice what is learned. It also helps to visualize yourself in the car doing the techniques you just learned. The "Speed Secrets" text pops out every couple pages to summarize a lesson into a single repeatable phrase. There is even a list of all the "Secrets" at the back of the book if you don't take notes well. I recommend that both novice and veteran drivers alike read this book. You will find something that helps.

Buy it, read it, apply it, you will be faster.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Not just for the novice auto-crosser - a must-have for all pylon hunters 22 Jun. 2011
By Dom Miliano - Published on Amazon.com
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Yogi Berra said 50% of baseball is 90% mental. After you read this excellent book on how to win at autocross, you will agree that Yogi was never more correct. This is not a book designed just to make you faster. It's designed to teach you how to think like a winner and by doing so, help you to become the best driver you can be. While there is plenty of instruction and advice on how to approach an event and even a corner, for me the real value of this book comes from the explanation on how to use mental preparation as an unfair advantage. It's not a book about the Zen of autocrossing, just a book on how mentally prepare for a run so you do not beat yourself!

I have been instructing on race tracks for years and the advice I give my students is, at the end of the day, to sit in a chair and mentally drive the track. Visualize the course. Feel the braking. Shift and turn as you would on the track and thereby relive (and imprint) the track in his or her brain. My approach is much more elementary than the approach given here and I plan to modify my technique and advice based on what I have learned.

This is not a book just for the novice although a novice would learn a lot. I would say that an experienced autocrosser would benefit more because this book helps you better understand the mental side of the sport - something you might never learn on your own.

Very highly recommended.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Great reference 17 May 2009
By Lori Holden - Published on Amazon.com
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If you have read the first speed secrets book, there is a lot of duplicated info but if not the book stands on it's own well. Great reference!
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