You've sat in front of the television (or at the track) and wondered why in the world your driver can't make his way to the front of the pack.
Here's your answer. The Physics of NASCAR® takes you from behind-the-scenes at top race shops to 190 mph hour on the race track to answer the question every NASCAR fan has asked at one time or another: Why isn’t my favorite driver winning?
From building cars to everything that has to happen in the garage before the driver even shows up, this book will give you an inside look at the science that make cars that win. If you’ve ever wondered why tracks are banked, why racecars don’t have mufflers, how ‘bump drafting’ works, or what in the world ‘Let’s go up a pound on the right rear and add half a round of wedge’ means, this is a book you will not want to miss. You’ll learn how recent developments such as the switch to unleaded gasoline and the Car of Tomorrow are changing racing, and whether "soft walls" are really soft. In addition to a better understanding of the technical side of NASCAR, you'll also have the opportunity to meet the people whose passion for science and racing is evident every time cars get on a race track.
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–John Tierney, New York Times
–Andrew Giangola, NASCAR.COM
–Mark Davis, Daytona Beach News-Journal
–Gregory Mone, Popular Science
"What changes do we make during the race? Why are we making them? The Physics of NASCAR helps answer all of these questions. Reading it is a bit like being around a team working on winning. Read on and learn about the science of our sport, and the magic will come.
—Ray Evernham, winner of three NASCAR Cup championships as crew chief with Jeff Gordon
—Jim Bell, associate professor, Cornell University; scientist on the NASA Mars Exploration Rover missions; and author of Postcards from Mars