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How Can I Stay Busy This Weekend?

Top 10 Racing Books Based on True Stories 

As the days of social distancing continue to stretch on, many individuals are looking for ways to get away while staying in one place. One of the best ways to take your mind somewhere else is by diving into a book and what better book to lose yourself in than in a thrilling racing book. Some of the best stories have come from those behind the wheel and this list of the top 10 racing books based on true stories is sure to give you inspiration on how to stay busy this weekend.  

Find the perfect book to get lost in below.  

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Racing to the Finish: My Story 

By: Dale Earnhardt Junior 
Amazon Stars: 5 
Dive into Dale Earnhardt Junior’s final year of racing and his life after living in the driver’s seat in his tell-all book “Racing to the Finish.” 
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Go Like Hell: Ford, Ferrari, and Their Battle for Speed and Glory at Le Mans 

By: A.J. Baime 
Amazon Stars: 5 
Take a trip back in time to the 1960s and experience the remarkable story of European car racing. A time when caution was thrown to the wind and adventure and thrills dominated, “Go Like Hell” takes you through the racing golden era. 
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Ultimate Speed Secrets: The Complete Guide to High-Performance and Race Driving 

By: Ross Bentley 
Amazon Stars: 5 
Have you ever wondered what goes into becoming a high-speed race car driver? Professional race instructor Ross Bentley takes you through everything you need to know about racing in his book, “Ultimate Speed Secrets.” 
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Formula 1: The Pursuit of Speed: A Photographic Celebration of F1’s Greatest Moments 

By: Maurice Hamilton 
Amazon Stars: 4.5 
In Maurice Hamilton’s “Formula 1” you’ll take a trip through racing history, from the 1950s to now, through a series of more than 300 photographs. If photo history is more of your thing, this is the perfect way to experience the history of racing.  
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Black Noon: The Year They Stopped the Indy 500 

By: Art Garner 
Amazon Stars: 5 
In 1964 the Indy 500 was stopped by an accident for the first time ever. Art Garner’s “Black Noon” tells the stories of the two drivers who lost their lives during the 1964 Indy 500 race, along with the stories of others who gained racing fame.  
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The Sheer Force of Will Power 

By: Will Power and David Malsher 
Amazon Stars: 5 
In “The Sheer Force of Will Power” readers will take a trip through Power’s 20-year journey to Indy car racing fame. Will Power went on to win the 2014 IndyCar Series championship and in this book he tells his story.  
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F1 Mavericks: The Men and Machines That Revolutionized Formula 1 Racing 

By: Pete Biro and George Levy 
Amazon Stars: 5 
Master motorsports photographer, Pete Biro, tells the story of Formula 1 racing in this photographic guide. Readers will travel through some of the most important races in Formula 1 racing history and hear from some of history’s best drivers in “F1 Mavericks.”  
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Lotus 18: The Autobiography of Stirling Moss’s ‘912’ 

By: Ian Wagstaff 
Amazon Stars: 5 
In “Lotus 180” Ian Wagstaff takes readers through the full history of Stirling Moss’s car that took him on to take two Grand Prix victories. Wagstaff covers Moss’s experiences through multiple races and wins in detail with over 300 unpublished photographs to help tell the tale.  
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Red Clay and Dust: The Evolution of Southern Dirt Racing 

By: Gary L. Parker 
Amazon Stars: 5 
In Gary L. Parker’s “Red Clay and Dust” readers will travel through the history of automobile racing and the evolutions of dirt racing. Parker’s book includes nearly 100 racing photographs and the biographies of 25 drivers who rose to fame.  
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The Godfather of New England Stock Car Racing: D. Anthony Venditti 

By: Adrienne J. Venditti 
Amazon Stars: 5 
In this book, Adrienne J. Venditti tells the story of the youngest motorsports promoter in the 1940s. Readers will experience the journey of building a stock car speedway, from start to finish, in “The Godfather of New England Stock Car Racing.” 
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When social distancing begins to grow tiresome, lose yourself in one of these true racing stories. Whether you choose an autobiography or a pictorial tale, we’re sure you’ll find enjoyment in the pages of these books.  

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