Reviews for How to Drive an Indy Race Car


School Library Journal Reviews 1993 February
Gr 4-7-- With a turn past the title page, readers are dropped into the cramped driver's seat of a race car traveling at breathtaking speed. Directions for handling the situation are calmly imparted to neophytes by the disembodied voice of Al Unser, Jr., Indy car racing champion. Surrounding and supplementing the textual information are numerous bright watercolor diagrams plus decorative views of the chase. Equipment is shown in closeup full-color photographs. Sidebars expand the basic text. Occasional vertical cartoon strips emphasize principles through humorous exaggeration. A ``Glossarized Index'' is sometimes redundant, defining terms already clearly explained in context, but works as a guide to further information. The book nicely supplements Sullivan's Racing Indy Cars (Cobblehill, 1992) and Andretti's Michael Andretti at Indianapolis (S. & S., 1992). Sullivan's treatment is closer in scope to Rubel's, right down to similar second-by-second descriptions of pit stops, but Rubel's title offers more detail on a wider range of aspects of Indy car racing. The unusual format and touches of comedy also make it more entertaining. --Ann G. Brouse, Steele Memorial Library, Elmira, NY Copyright 1993 Cahners Business Information.

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