Autocourse CART Official History: The First Twenty Years (Hazleton History) Hardcover – 1 Jun 1999
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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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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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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.
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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