The Physics of Nascar

Author: Diandra Leslie-Pelecky
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 1101213949
Format: PDF, Kindle
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A physicist explores the science of speed racing and the #1 spectator sport in America, with 75 million fans. Every NASCAR fan—at one time or another—asks the same question: Why isn’t my favorite driver winning? This is your chance to discover how much more there is to NASCAR than “Go fast, turn left and don’t crash.” If you’ve ever wondered 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, The Physics of NASCAR is for you. In this fast-paced investigation into the adrenaline-pumping world of NASCAR, a physicist with a passion uncovers what happens when the rubber hits the road and 800-horsepower vehicles compete at 190 miles per hour only inches from one another. Diandra Leslie-Pelecky reveals how and why drivers trust the engineering and science their teams literally build around them not only to get them across the finish line in first place, but also to keep them alive. Leslie-Pelecky is a physicist in love with the sport’s beauty and power and is uniquely qualified to explain exactly how physics translates into winning races. Based on the author’s extensive access to race shops, pit crews, crew chiefs and mechanics, this book traces the life cycle of a race car from behind the scenes at top race shops to the track. The Physics of NASCAR takes readers right into the ultra competitive world of NASCAR, from the champion driver’s hot seat behind the detachable steering wheel to the New Zealander nicknamed Kiwi in charge of shocks for the No. 19 car. Diandra Leslie-Pelecky tells her story in terms anyone who drives a car—and maybe occasionally looks under the hood--can understand. How do drivers walk away from serious crashes? How can two cars travel faster together than either car can on its own? How do you dress for a 1800°F gasoline fire? In simple yet detailed, high-octane prose, this is the ultimate thrill ride for armchair speed demons, auto science buffs, and NASCAR fans at every level of interest. Readers, start your engines.

The Physics of NASCAR

Author: Diandra L. Leslie-Pelecky
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 9780525950530
Format: PDF, Docs
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Draws on the author's expertise in physics, as well as interviews with mechanics, pit crews, and other insiders, to trace the life cycle of a race car and offer insight into the scientific aspects of high-speed racing, in an account that also explains how drivers survive dangerous accidents. 35,000 first printing.

The Physics of NASCAR

Author: Diandra Leslie-Pelecky
Publisher: Plume
ISBN: 9780452290228
Format: PDF, Docs
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Draws on the author's expertise in physics, as well as interviews with mechanics, pit crews, and other insiders, to trace the life cycle of a race car and offer insight into the scientific aspects of high-speed racing, in an account that also explains how drivers survive dangerous accidents. Reprint.

The Math of NASCAR

Author: Ian F. Mahaney
Publisher: The Rosen Publishing Group, Inc
ISBN: 1448825555
Format: PDF, ePub, Docs
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Using NASCAR racing, readers must employ addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division to determine seating capacity at the Brickyard, horsepower, number of laps remaining, and fuel usage.

NASCAR the Complete History

Author: Greg Fielden
Publisher: Publications International
ISBN: 9781450820707
Format: PDF, ePub
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Every page is packed with incredible racing history. You'll enjoy: • Hundreds of amazing NASCAR photographs • A timeline of notable NASCAR moments from every year • Rankings, points, wins, and earnings for every NASCAR season through 2008 • Details on every top-level NASCAR race • Profiles of NASCAR's top drivers • In-depth essays examining seven decades of NASCAR racing • Fascinating NASCAR trivia and anecdotes

Real Men Work in the Pits

Author: Jeff Hammond
Publisher: Rodale
ISBN: 9781594861611
Format: PDF, ePub
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A memoir of the author's life working in a NASCAR pit crew, from his early days as a tire changer and jackman to his promotion to crew chief, working with such champion drivers as Cale Yarborough, Darrell Waltrip, and Dale Earnhardt.

Nascar Legends Memorable Men Moments and Machines in Racing History

Author: Robert Edelstein
Publisher: The Overlook Press
ISBN: 1468300873
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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NASCAR Legends traces the story of stock car racing through the courageous, record-breaking drivers who made it the Number One spectator sport in America. NASCAR's 60-year history is rich with varied lore about heroic racers, incredible races, and love of family. There are profiles of true NASCAR stars: Bill France; Bobby and Davey Allison; Dale Earnhardt and Dale Earnhardt, Jr.; Tony Stewart; Richard, Kyle, and Adam Petty, among other legends of the speedway. TV Guide motorsports reporter Edelstein's painstaking journalistic work, combined with his encyclopedic knowledge and love of the sport, make NASCAR Legends an essential book for anyone drawn to the roaring magic of the track.

Darlington Raceway

Author: Cathy Elliott
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
ISBN: 1439641889
Format: PDF, ePub
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Some facilities are so special that they literally define their sport. Stock car racing as it is known today did not exist until one man, armed with a vision and a willingness to get his hands dirty, constructed a race track in the middle of a South Carolina peanut field. More than six decades later, Darlington Raceway is still considered one of the crown jewels of racing. "The Lady in Black" is home to the largest margin of victory in NASCAR® history and its closest-ever finish. The legendary track has been the proving ground for every superstar of the sport.

1001 NASCAR Facts

Author: John Close
Publisher: CarTech Inc
ISBN: 1613253109
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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For nearly 70 years, NASCAR has been the premier sanctioning body for organized Stock Car Racing in the United States. During that time, the sport has grown from a Southern, regional series to a global brand with its races telecast in more than 100 countries around the world.

Author John Close details the earliest races of the 20th Century that laid the groundwork for the formation of NASCAR through today's modern events at mega-race stadiums across the country. Presented in an easy-to-read decade-by-decade "Fact Format," this books allows you to spend a couple of minutes or hours at a time learning about the Cars (and Trucks), Personalities, Tracks, and Milestones of NASCAR, America's most popular and attended form of motorsports. Close, a longtime NASCAR journalist, author, team member, and race-day Spotter, also includes dozens of rare and informative photos that take you from the famed "Beach Course" at Daytona to the high banks of today's NASCAR tracks. A must read for any NASCAR, Stock Car Racing, and American Motorsports fan, the book will provide hours of interesting entertainment as it uncovers rare information and statistical anomalies. p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px Arial}