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Top Ten American Racing Books

To ease your Holiday shopping needs, here are our top ten selections for American racing related books. If nothing here grabs your fancy, use the search box at the bottom. When you're done here, see our other Top Ten Shopping Lists.

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A Checkered Past Book
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Al Unser Jr: A Checkered Past
by Al Unser Jr. as told to Jade Gurss
This is a story of two lives. Al Unser, Jr., the champion Indy car driver. Al Unser, Jr., the addict. Unser bares it all for both stories as he seeks redemption. Read the full review on AutoRacingHistory.com. Hardbound, 6-1/2 x 9-1/4 inches, 304 pages.
 
Racer Book
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Racer
by John Andretti as told to Jade Gurss
John Andretti opens himself up to what made him tick, from his racing career to his choices to his family to his charity work. Read the full review on AutoRacingHistory.com. Hardbound, 6-1/2 x 9 inch, 256 pages.
 
Indy Split Book
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Indy Split: The Big Money Battle that Nearly Destroyed Indy Racing
by John Oreovicz
CART was flying high in the mid-90s with its popularity, even making F1 nervous. Then, Tony George created his own series taking his Indy 500 with him. Thus, the Indy split was on, and this book recalls it all. Read the full review on AutoRacingHistory.com. Hardbound, 6-1/2 x 9 inches, 432 pages.
 
The Beast Book
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Beast: The Top Secret Ilmor-Penske Engine That Shocked the Racing World at the Indy 500 (Revised Edition)
by Jade Gurss
The Beast was the nickname of a shocking new race engine unveiled for the 1994 Indianapolis 500. The massive effort to design and build it in a seemingly impossible timeframe is still hailed as one of the most herculean efforts and well-kept secrets in the history of the Indy 500. Revised edition updates and adds to the story with newfound information. Read the full review on AutoRacingHistory.com. Softbound, 6 x 9 inches, 328 pages.
 
Second to One Book
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Second to One: All but for Indy
by Joseph Freeman and Gordon Kirby
In a volume that could as well have been titled “Nobody Cares Who Finished Second”, it goes against the popular grain to offer the remarkable stories of forty racing drivers who came up one position short in the Indy 500. Whether from a stroke of bad luck, an unfortunate last minute mistake, or just the intervention of fate, they were never able to win the Indianapolis 500. Hardback, 9.8 x 8.8 inches, 303 pages, 400 illustrations.
 
Hello, I'm Paul Page Book
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Hello, I'm Paul Page: It's Race Day in Indianapolis
by Paul Page and J.R. Elrod
Live from the broadcast booth, Paul Page captured the excitement of 27 Indy 500 races, first as the Voice of the Indy 500 for the radio broadcast and then as chief announcer for the ABC telecast. From his first race as a pit reporter to his semi-retirement in 2016, generations of fans have witnessed the Greatest Spectacle in Racing as told by Paul Page. Hardbound, 6-1/2 x 9-1/4 inches, 288 pages.
 
500 on 500 Book
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500 on (the Indy) 500: Tales, Facts and Figures on "The Greatest Race in the World"
by Rick Shaffer
Whether the distant past or modern times serves as a lure for "The Greatest Race in the World," there are literally hundreds of fascinating, true Indy 500 tales, facts and figures. One of the race's most-respected journalists, Rick Shaffer, has gathered 500 of the most interesting anecdotes to come out of the intersection of 16th Street and Georgetown Road. Hardbound, 280 pages, 200 color and b&w illustrations.
 
Caesars Palace Grand Prix Book
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Caesars Palace Grand Prix: Las Vegas, Organized Crime and the Pinnacle of Motorsport
by Randall Cannon
Where there's racing, there's money. Where there's money, there's the Mob. The Caesars Palace Grand Prix made for the perfect trifecta. Here's the fascinating, intertwined story of F1 in America. Read the full review on AutoRacingHistory.com. Hardbound, 7 x 10 inches, 442 pages.
 
Thirty Days in May Book
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Thirty Days in May: The Day-by-Day Drama of the 1970 Indy 500 (Retro Reads)
by Hal Higdon
Thirty days! From the moment the drivers entered in the 1970 Indianapolis 500 rolled their cars onto the track for practice until the command “Gentlemen, start your engines,” they faced thirty days of intense action. The drivers needed to go fast enough to earn one of thirty-three starting positions. Only then would they have a chance to win what sportswriters and fans called “the Greatest Spectacle in Racing.” Softbound, 6 x 9 inches, 154 pages.
 
The Cars of Trans-Am Racing: 1966-1972 Book
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The Cars of Trans-Am Racing: 1966-1972
by David Tom
Focuses on the cars used in this legendary series. These vintage Mustangs, Camaros, Challengers, Barracudas, Firebirds, Cougars and AMXs all have become extremely popular with collectors and enthusiasts today. Seeing them in their 'full competition' versions when they were new will bring back many fond memories for those who were fans of this series. Softbound, 8-1/2 x 11 inches, 192 pages.


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