49 Racing Books from NASCAR to Drivers

There's something about car racing that appeals to people from all walks of life. Maybe it's the thrill of speed and competition, or the excitement of watching skilled drivers navigate challenging courses.

Whatever the reason, books about car racing are always popular reads.

Our list explores some of the best books out there about NASCAR and other types of car racing including Formula 1.

So buckle up and get ready for a thrilling ride!

Books About Car Racing

1. Racing to the Finish

Racing to the Finish

Written by: Dale Earnhardt, Jr.

Published: 2018

Pages: 208

Most people think of the family of Dale Earnhardt, Sr., and Dale Earnhardt, Jr. as NASCAR racing royalty. There are many biographies about them and their winning tradition. This book, however, takes a whole different turn by Earnhardt taking a look back at the years of 2012 to 2017 only.

Why? Because these were the years that he realized that all the concussions were taking a toll on his life.

During these five years, Earnhardt realized that he was starting to have many problems thinking things out clearly. His vision was obscured, and sometimes he couldn't even tell where he was going. Instead of retiring, he kept pushing himself because he didn't want to disappoint his friends, family, and most of all, the fans.

At least it all became too much, and he had to step aside or possibly lose his life.

2. The Winning Cars of the Indianapolis 500

The Winning Cars of the Indianapolis 500

Written by: James Craig Reinhardt

Published: 2019

Pages: 368

If you're a fan of automobiles, there's a good chance you're at least familiar with the Indy 500. Held every year in Indianapolis, it's one of the most prestigious races in the world. But what are some of the vehicles that have won this race over the years? In this book, author James Craig Reinhardt looks at some of the most successful cars to ever compete in this event.

From powerful Ferraris to sleek McLarens, these vehicles have all made their mark on racing history. So, if you want to know more about these cars, and see beautiful photos of them also, this is a book you’ll surely enjoy!

3. Bowling Green Stock Car Racing

Bowling Green Stock Car Racing

Written by: Larry Upton and Jonathan Jeffrey

Published: 2010

Pages: 128

When most people think of stock car racing, they think of NASCAR. But there is another form of stock car racing growing in popularity - the kind that takes place on dirt tracks in small towns all across America. One of the most famous raceways is at Beech Bend Park in the tiny town of Bowling Green, Kentucky.

However, no matter the size, the crowds and love for this sport have become beloved by people worldwide.

This book tells the story of that history, from the early days when it opened in 1951 to the modern era of top drivers. Loaded with amazing stories and photos from the beginning of the race days, this book is a non-stop thrill ride for anyone and everyone!

4. Speed Duel: The Inside Story of the Land Speed Record in the Sixties

Speed Duel

Written by: Samuel Hawley

Published: 2010

Pages: 360

The need for speed is at the heart of this amazing and sometimes terrifying book by Samuel Hawley. During the last forties and beyond, some daredevils decided to change the world and set insane Land Speed Records (LSR). By this, we mean beating the Brit John Cobb's record of 394 miles per hour!

To do this, other racers started using massive engines, then aircraft engines, and finally moved up to jet engines. Going almost 400 mph wasn't enough for these drivers. They moved to the Salt Flats in Utah, and eight men decided to push their luck even further.

During these runs, some of the men crashed and died, while others went on to duel each other; Art Arfons and Craig Breedlove. These men fought until one of them went over 600 miles per hour. If you want to know more about it and them, you'll have to read the book.

5. The Illustrated History of Triumph Sports and Racing Cars

The Illustrated History of Triumph Sports and Racing Cars

Written by: G. William Krause

Published: 2017

Pages: 144

If you aren't from Great Britain, you may not know a lot about these beautiful and classy cars made by Triumph. These incredible little cars were made to be stylish, sexy, and yet totally affordable to the average person. Even though most people could afford them, they were still some of the best sports cars and won many races worldwide.

In this beautifully illustrated book, you will not only learn about the history of these magnificent cars, but you’ll see them in all their glory. Originally built starting the 1930s, these gorgeous little babies had their last run in 1981 and have become dreams for true car collectors. The photos alone are worth buying this book since they are so cute.

6. Holy Bible: Stock Car Racing

Holy Bible

Written by: Zondervan

Published: 2009

Pages: 1152

The Bible has been quoted and referenced in various mediums, from paintings to songs, and now it even includes stock car racing. Zondervan, one of the largest Christian publishing houses globally, released a book that brings together both car racing and the stories in the Bible.

The book is designed to help Christians apply biblical teachings to motorsports. It features stories and devotions from NASCAR drivers such as Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jeff Gordon, and Jimmie Johnson. Whether you're interested in the religion, a devout Christian, or just enjoy watching stock car races on TV, this book is worth checking out.

7. How to Build a Car: The Autobiography of the World’s Greatest Formula 1 Designer

How to Build a Car

Written by: Adrian Newey

Published: 2017

Pages: 400

Designing Formula 1 cars is a highly complex and technical process, requiring the skill and experience of a true master. Few designers in the sport's history have been as successful as Adrian Newey – and now, for the first time, he tells his story.

And the story of others for whom he has built cars, including Mario Andretti, Mika Hakkinen, David Coulthard, and others. He was the master among any other master.

From humble beginnings as an apprentice draughtsman to becoming one of the most sought-after engineers in motorsport, this autobiography provides a fascinating insight into how one man became a world-leading authority on race car design. After reading this book, you’ll want to build one of your own!

8. Aussie Grit: My Formula One Journey

Aussie Grit

Written by: Mark Webber

Published: 2015

Pages: 320

In his autobiography, Aussie Grit: My Formula One Journey, Mark Webber takes readers on a riveting behind-the-scenes look at his life and career in Formula One racing. From his early days as a street racer to his dominant years as one of the top drivers in the sport, Webber provides an intimate and honest account of what it took to make it to the pinnacle of global motorsports.

Along the way, he offers valuable insights into the challenges and rewards of a life spent chasing world-class competition. As he writes, "Racing is not a game. It's my life. I've made huge sacrifices to be where I am today, and I never forget that it's all or nothing."

So, If you're a fan of F1 or just want to learn about what it takes to achieve greatness in any field, don't miss this gripping read.

9. Road & Track Illustrated Automotive Dictionary

Road & Track Illustrated Automotive Dictionary

Written by: John Dinkel

Published: 2000 (1977)

Pages: 260

Now, you might be thinking that all these books are great, but you want to just learn the basics, so they are easier to understand. So, if you're an automotive enthusiast or just have an interest in cars, you'll want to check out Road & Track Illustrated Automotive Dictionary by John Dinkel. This comprehensive dictionary is a one-stop resource for all things automotive.

With over 1,300 definitions and more than 400 photographs, it covers everything from basic terms and definitions to more advanced concepts and technologies. So, the next time you hear someone mention "torque converter" or "aerodynamic drag," you'll know exactly what they're talking about and will sound like a pro! Whether you're a beginner or a seasoned mechanic, this book is sure to come in handy.

10. Car Guys vs. Bean Counters: The Battle for the Soul of American Business

Car Guys vs. Bean Counters

Written by: Bob Lutz

Published: 2011

Pages: 241

Bob Lutz knew cars, and he knew the business of vehicles. Looking back, he realized that the 1960s were the hay day for cars and racing since companies put money into drivers and their excellent racing machines. However, slowly but surely, the "bean counters" decided to use their spreadsheets instead of listening to the designers and the racers and started to ruin everything.

As the decline of the American car started and continued for a few decades, General Motors realized their mistake and hired Lutz to help them rebuild their company. He became Vice-Chairman and changed the whole business structure by making designers and cars the focus instead of just being worried about money.

He knew it would follow if GM made the right choices. They did, and he was right. It is a fascinating read into how the world of cars worked, broke down, and then was rebuilt.

11. Going Faster! Mastering the Art of Race Driving

Going Faster! Mastering the Art of Race Driving

Written by: Carl Lopez

Published: 2003 (1997)

Pages: 278

If you're like most people, the idea of race driving conjures up images of Formula One drivers speeding around a track at 200 miles per hour. While that is one aspect of racing, it's not the only one. In fact, there are many different types of races, and knowing which one to enter can be confusing. This book will help you learn about the different kinds of races and how to get started in each one.

It also includes tips from some of the top race car drivers globally, including Mario Andretti, Jeremy Dale, Skip Barber, and others. Whether you're just starting or have been racing for years, this book has something for everyone. It is time to learn everything about racing, what kind of car you want, and to hit the roads as you learn the ropes!

12. Erich Strenger and Porsche: A Graphical Report

Erich Strenger and Porsche

Written by: Mats Kubiak

Published: 2017

Pages: 186

For those that don't know him, the late Erich Strenger was one of the best designers for Porsche between 1951 to 1988. He was famous for the smooth flowing lines that made them such a highly desired care worldwide when he started working for them. Instead of the massive corporation with so many designers today, he was their only designer when he started there.

Because Strenger was a true artist, he would also make posters of what the cars would look like, and many famous drivers bought them as keepsakes. He then later worked on his own to keep creating these masterpieces. The photos of these posters, along with the story of his life with Porsche, are simply a work of art that any car lover must own.

13. Ford GT: How Ford Silenced the Critics, Humbled Ferrari and Conquered Le Mans

Ford GT

Written by: Preston Lerner with photographs by Dave Friedman

Published: 2015

Pages: 232

The Ford GT has long been a car shrouded in controversy. Ever since it was first announced, people have been questioning if it could truly compete with the likes of Ferrari. But after finally being released to the public, the Ford GT has quickly silenced its critics and proven that it is a true force to be reckoned with in the automotive world.

This book by Preston Lerner does an excellent job of telling the story of how Ford created one of the most impressive cars in history and managed to beat Ferrari at its own game. This includes Ford GTs taking 1st, 2nd, and 3rd at the 1966 Le Mans and winning in 1968 and 1969. These cars are absolute beauties, and Friedman's photography makes the story come alive like no other.

14. Winning is Not Enough

Winning is Not Enough

Written by: Jackie Stewart

Published: 2007

Pages: 560

You know that a man who has won 27 Grand Prix, three F1 World Championships, and is one of the top five racers of all time has a lot of knowledge. In Jackie Stewart's Winning is Not Enough, the racing legend takes a no-nonsense look at what it takes to win and stay on top in today's business world.

Drawing on his own experiences as a champion racecar driver and businessman, Stewart offers insights and advice that are both inspiring and practical.

Whether you're a CEO or an entrepreneur starting out your own business, this book can help you achieve success by setting goals, developing strategies, and maintaining focus under pressure. As Stewart says, "Winning is not enough. You have to be successful."

15. And On That Bombshell: Inside the Madness Genius of TOP GEAR

And On That Bombshell

Written by: Richard Porter

Published: 2015

Pages: 294

If you're a fan of Top Gear, you know that the show is more than just a car-review program. It's an entertainment juggernaut that has been on the air for over 20 years. But what you may not know is that the show is incredibly complex to produce. Behind the scenes, there are dozens of people working to make each episode happen. And thousands of stories of mistakes, goofiness, and simply pure insanity.

In his new book, And On That Bombshell: Inside the Madness Genius of TOP GEAR, former Top Gear executive producer Richard Porter takes readers inside the madness of making one of the most popular TV shows in history. From negotiating with automakers to dealing with impossible hosts, Porter shares never-before-told stories about life on Top Gear.

If you're a fan of the show, or Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond, or James May, you must read this.

16. The Limit Life and Death on the 1961 Grand Prix Circuit

Written by: Michael Cannell

Published: 2011

Pages: 336

In his new book, The Limit, author Michael Cannell tells the story of how Phil Hill and Wolfgang von Trips battled for the championship on the 1961 Grand Prix circuit. The drama of that season comes to life in Cannell's expert hands, as he paints a vivid picture of the dangers faced by drivers and their teams as they fought for glory. You will never forget the battle between Hill and von Trips and how it ended.

Drawing on interviews with surviving participants and meticulous research, Cannell brings to light previously unknown details about this fascinating era in motorsports history. The Limit is sure to appeal to fans of racing history and well-told tales of human endeavor and competition.

17. Cannonball!


Written by: Brock Yates

Published: 2002

Pages: 256

Brock Yates, author of Cannonball! and the organizer of the infamous cross-country race that spawned the term, tells the story of the first coast-to-coast Cannonball Baker Sea to Shining Sea Memorial Trophy Race—and its follow-ups—in lively detail.

Held in November 1971, with a cast of characters that included Playboy bunnies, Hollywood stars, and hardened outlaws, this event was wide open to all comers with one catch: one had to travel from New York City to Los Angeles in under 32 days or be disqualified.

The rules were simple but deadly serious: no escort vehicles, no police interference, and no support crews. There could only be one winner. Cannonball Run later became a movie starring Burt Reynolds to rave reviews.

18. How To Be An F1 Driver: My Guide To Life In The Fast Lane

How To Be An F1 Driver

Written by: Jenson Button

Published: 2019

Pages: 352

If you're looking to lead a fast-paced life, being an F1 driver is the ultimate career. But what does it take to make it to the top of this competitive sport? In this book, former world champion Jenson Button shares his personal tips for success on and off the track.

From training and nutrition to dealing with pressure and maintaining sponsorship relationships, Button offers a unique behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to be a professional race car driver.

That would be enough, but you can learn that from many other books on this list. Instead of just sticking with the basics, Button delves into crazy the sport is, how crazy the fans can be, and how you have to answer to your boss when you've just destroyed their multi-million-dollar race car because of a mistake you made on the track.

This kind of weirdness makes this book so much fun to read.

19. How Not to Be a Professional Racing Driver

How Not to Be a Professional Racing Driver

Written by: Jason Plato

Published: 2019

Pages: 304

Jason Plato, one of the most recognizable faces in British racing, has released a book on how not to be a professional racing driver. The text is full of hilarious anecdotes and tales from his 20 years in the sport. If you're looking for some tips on becoming a professional racing driver, then this is definitely NOT the book for you!

Instead, it's perfect for anyone who wants to hear some funny stories and get a glimpse into the life of a professional racer. Plato is known as one of the "bad boys" of the sport, and this book shows you exactly why that is the truth.

His choices are often hilarious and absurd, and some of them almost get him killed, which is why this book is so fantastic. It's also a great read if you're just interested in cars and motorsports in general.

20. The Mechanic: The Secret World of the F1 Pitlane

The Mechanic

Written by: Marc “Elvis” Priestley

Published: 2017

Pages: 243

Formula 1 is widely considered one of the most exciting and action-packed sports in the world. But what goes on behind the scenes in the F1 pitlane? In this incredible book, former McLaren mechanic Marc 'Elvis' Priestley takes readers inside the sport's inner sanctum, revealing all the secrets, gossip, and drama in the F1 pitlane.

From race tactics and team dynamics to driver feuds and car development, The Mechanic provides a unique insight into Formula 1 that will appeal to motorsport fans and anyone interested in how the sport really works.

So get ready to settle down, enjoy the wild side of racing, including partying in Monaco, among other fun events, and have your mind blown by this book.

21. Survive. Drive. Win.: The Inside Story of Brawn GP and Jenson Button's Incredible F1 Championship Win

Survive. Drive. Win

Written by: Nick Fry and Ed Gorman

Published: 2019

Pages: 288

What an incredible journey it has been for Jenson Button and the Brawn GP team. After such an amazing season, it is hard to believe that it all started with CEO Nick Fry and Ross Brawn taking a considerable gamble on buying the Honda Formula 1 team in early 2009.

Despite the financial difficulties at Honda late in 2008, the team was determined to see their investment through and turn the team around – and what a decision that proved to be.

And after all of that, the eventual sale to Mercedes Benz for 140 million dollars. As we now know, the rest is history as Button went on to win the F1 Championship in one of the most thrilling seasons ever witnessed. Get a personal view of this magnificent story of success and hard work to overcome all obstacles.

22. To Hell and Back: An Autobiography

To Hell and Back

Written by: Niki Lauda

Published: 2020

Pages: 320

In his autobiography, racecar driver Niki Lauda recounts the story of his life, from his humble beginnings to his spectacular racing career to the near-fatal accident that nearly claimed his life. If you are a fan of Formula 1, you know that a crash can mean life or death.

And in Lauda's case, it should have been dying, being that he was pulled from his car, his eyelids burnt off, and was even given last rights.

Most people would have just given up and retired, but not Lauda. He raced again just 33 days later and won a World Championship just one year after that. This is an amazing tale of courage and perseverance, and Lauda's remarkable recovery is a testament to the human spirit.

With this book, Lauda has given us a unique look inside the world of motorsports and provides insight into what it takes to be a champion.

23. Racing While Black: How an African-American Stock Car Team Made Its Mark on NASCAR

Racing While Black

Written by: Leonard T. Miller and Andrew Simon

Published: 2010

Pages: 336

NASCAR has almost always been a predominantly white sport. There are many reasons for this, as black drivers and teams were often blocked and not allowed to race against their white counterparts.

The sponsors also refused to help teams with African Americans or were their owners. This book examines racism in the past that has stopped equality from being a part of this sport.

It also looks into how things are changing and how African American teams are starting to enter the winner's circle and become more accepted by the fans. Miller knows what he writes since he spent over a decade running his racing program and helping others get their start in this sport.

This is a must-read for you if you want to see how the sport has evolved and become more open to others.

24. Go Like Hell: Ford, Ferrari, and Their Battle for Speed and Glory at Le Mans

Go Like Hell

Written by: A. J. Baime

Published: 2009

Pages: 320

Le Mans is a notoriously difficult race to win. It's 24 hours of non-stop competition on a track that is known for its high speeds and challenging corners. In the 1960s, Ford and Ferrari went head-to-head in a battle for the Le Man's victory, with each company trying to one-up the other. The rivalry was fierce, and the competition was intense.

This book tells the story of Ford and Ferrari's battle at Le Mans, but more importantly, their battle to beat each other in the business arena at the same time. Ford was tired of being thought of as has-beens and boring family cars, and Ferrari thought they were unbeatable.

With help from Lee Iacocca and Carol Shelby, Henry Ford II decided to prove Enzo Ferrari and his people wrong. The fun of this quest, between two of the world's best car companies, is just as exciting as the race.

25. The Unknown Kimi Raikkonen

The Unkown Kimi Raikkonen

Written by: Kari Hotakainen

Published: 2018

Pages: 269

Kimi Raikkonen is a bit of an enigma. He's famously private and doesn't like to reveal much about himself. As a result, many things about him remain unknown. In this book, Kari Hotakainen tries to shed some light on the mysterious Formula 1 driver.

Through interviews with those who know him best, Hotakainen paints a picture of Raikkonen, the man, not just Raikkonen, the driver.

What emerges is a fascinating portrait of a complex individual who is deeply intelligent and profoundly private. Instead of just being a boring biography about another athlete, this book is enlightening and enthralling throughout it since you learn so much about him. Anyone interested in learning more about this enigmatic F1 champion will enjoy reading this book.

26. How a Jewish Driver, an American Heiress, and a Legendary Car Beat Hitler’s Best

How a Jewish Driver, an American Heiress

Written by: Neal Bascomb

Published: 2020

Pages: 368

Few people know the story of how a Jewish driver, an American heiress, and a legendary racecar teamed up to beat Hitler's best. But it's a story worth telling. In 1941, just months after the United States entered World War II, Weiffenbach, Delahaye, and Schell came together to form one of the most remarkable teams in history.

Their goal? To win the Grand Prix de Monaco – a race that had never been won by an American car. A wild adventure filled with danger, intrigue, and suspense followed. Will they be able to beat Hitler's top drivers and bring home the trophy? Read on to find out!

27. Blood and Smoke: A True Tale of Mystery, Mayhem, and the Birth of the Indy 500

Blood and Smoke

Written by: Charles Leerhsen

Published: 2011

Pages: 290

How much do you really know about the Indy 500? If you're like most people, your knowledge is likely limited to the basics – it's a race that takes place in Indianapolis, and it's pretty darn important. But what if I told you there was more to the story? There have been conspiracies, murders, and cover-ups? Well, believe it or not, that's precisely what happened.

In a time when the drivers without windshields or seat belts, you can only imagine the insanity that happened here. Some of these crazy events include drivers throwing wrenches and other tools at their opponents during the race.

Others, such as the 1911 winner Ray Harroun probably lost, but the judges were too scared and running for their own lives because it was so dangerous to honestly know or not.

28. The Nuts and Bolts of NASCAR: The Definitive Viewers' Guide to Big-Time Stock Car Auto Racing

The Nuts and Bolts of NASCAR

Written by: Greg Engle

Published: 2017

Pages: 240

Are you looking to get up to speed on NASCAR? Greg Engle's new book, "The Nuts and Bolts of NASCAR: The Definitive Viewers' Guide," is your perfect guide. Engle's book is a must-read for any fan, filled with all the information you need to understand the ins and outs of America's top racing series.

This incredibly in-depth and informative book has everything you need to become a knowledgeable race fan, from an overview of the sport's history to explanations of key terms and concepts.

So, whether you're just starting out or are looking for a refresher course, be sure to check out this essential guide to America's favorite pastime since it has something for everyone.

29. Earnhardt Nation: The Full-Throttle Saga of NASCAR's First Family

Earnhardt Nation

Written by: Jay Busbee

Published: 2016

Pages: 352

Earnhardt Nation is a comprehensive and engaging history of NASCAR's first family. Jay Busbee tells the story of Ralph Earnhardt, who was obsessed with racing box cars on short tracks. His son, Dale Earnhardt Sr.'s, followed in his footstep and became famous and a constant winner until his horrible death during a race.

It then looks into the incredible Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s life and what he has accomplished.

This book offers a fascinating look at one of the most popular families in racing history. Busbee does an excellent job balancing the good and bad moments in all of the Earnhardt’s lives, creating a rich and complex portrait of this legendary clan.

If you're a fan of NASCAR or just interested in learning more about this iconic family, then you need to read Earnhardt Nation.

30. McQueen's Machines: The Cars and Bikes of a Hollywood Icon

McQueen's Machines

Written by: Matt Stone with a foreword by Chad McQueen

Published: 2007

Pages: 176

When you think of Hollywood icons, one name stands out above the rest: Steve McQueen. The actor and racer were famous for his daredevil stunts onscreen and his love of high-performance cars and bikes. Because of that, he became the coolest of the cool and the master of anything that is moved by an engine. This book takes a look at the vehicles that helped make him a superstar.

From the racecars he piloted in competition to the motorcycles he rode on the open road, this book showcases some of the most impressive machines ever made. If you're a fan of Steve McQueen or just love cool cars and bikes, you won't want to miss McQueen's Machines.

31. Fangio: The Life Behind the Legend

Fangio: The Life Behind the Legend

Written by: Gerald Donaldson

Published: 2004

Pages: 316

Few drivers in the history of motorsport have achieved the level of success and notoriety as Juan Manuel Fangio. The Argentine racer was a five-time Formula One champion and is considered one of the most significant drivers of all time.

This includes his races in South America, which were much riskier and wilder than Formula 1s, and how he survived them. While his driving accomplishments are undoubtedly impressive, the life story behind this legendary figure is often overlooked.

In this book, author Gerald Donaldson seeks to provide a comprehensive look at the man behind the wheel. From his humble beginnings to his struggles during World War II to his enduring fame, Fangio's life is explored in detail in this fascinating read.

If you're interested in learning more about one of motorsport's most storied figures, both on and off the track, check out this book now.

32. The Mechanic's Tale. Life in the pit-lanes of Formula One

The Mechanic's Tale

Written by: Steve Matchett

Published: 1999

Pages: 192

Formula One is a highly competitive and demanding sport. The drivers are constantly pushing themselves to the limit in order to achieve the best possible results. But what about the people who work behind the scenes, in the pit lanes? In this fascinating book, Steve Matchett provides an insider's perspective on life in Formula One.

Matchett offers a fascinating glimpse into this unique world, drawing on his own experiences as a mechanic for Williams and Benetton. From dealing with last-minute changes to coping with pressure and stress, he reveals what it takes to succeed in Formula One.

He also gives you previously unknown insights into drivers like Nigel Mansell, Ayrton Senna, and others.

33. Life at the Limit: Triumph and Tragedy in Formula One

Life at the Limit

Written by: Sid Watkins

Published: 1996

Pages: 272

Formula One is a high-octane sport that often pushes drivers physically and mentally to the limit. In Life at the Limit: Triumph and Tragedy in Formula One, Sid Watkins tells the story of his time as a head doctor for the sport, from his early days working with Jackie Stewart to helping Ayrton Senna navigate his way through some of racing's most harrowing moments.

The book is at once a celebration of F1's greatest triumphs and a frank look at its darker side. Watkins provides an intimate glimpse into the world of professional racing, drawing on never-before-published material from his personal archive.

Whether you're a lifelong F1 fan or just getting interested in the sport, this makes for a thrilling read.

34. The Man in the White Suit: The Stig, Le Mans, the Fast Lane and Me

The Man in the White Suit

Written by: Ben Collins

Published: 2010

Pages: 352

In 2003, at the height of the famous British car show, Top Gear, a masked driver appeared on the track for the first time. Referred to as The Stig, this unknown racer became an instant sensation with viewers.

Who was this mysterious driver? Where did he come from? What was his story? In this intense and powerful book, Ben Collins reveals all.

We all know about the crashes on the set, but the ones in real life are more absurd and enthralling to any Top Gear fan. As one of Top Gear's legendary Stigs (there have been several over the years), Collins has had a unique and close-up view of the fast lane.

He shares never-before-told stories about life behind the wheel about his racing career and Jeremey Clarkson, Richard Hammond, and James May.

35. Watching the Wheels: My Autobiography

Watching the Wheels

Written by: Damon Hill

Published: 2016

Pages: 320

Formula One racing has always been a popular sport, but it wasn't until the late 20th century that drivers started to become global stars. One of those drivers is Damon Hill, who won the Formula One World Championship in 1996.

Hill tells the story of his journey from aspiring racer to world champion. This begins as a kid, and the horrible death of his father when he was just 15, and how that affected him through his life.

The book provides a fascinating glimpse into the high-pressure world of Formula One and offers Hill's insights on some of the biggest names in motorsport. You will also find out how the death of his teammate, Ayrton Senna, changed his life.

This is a wild ride, with life and death experiences throughout it, and it is sure to make you a fan of Hill no matter what you thought before it.

36. Senna Versus Prost

Senna Versus Prost

Written by: Malcolm Folley

Published: 2009

Pages: 414

In his new book, Senna Versus Prost, Malcolm Folley examines the intense rivalry between Formula 1 drivers Ayrton Senna and Alain Prost. The two drivers fought for the world championship from 1988 to 1990, and their battle is considered one of the most intense in all sports.

Folley relays their story in gripping detail by drawing on interviews with both drivers' families, teammates, and rivals.

Because Senna was the brash youngster, and Proust was the thoughtful statesman, there were sure to be clashes on and off the tracks.

Formula 1 racers know how these battles turn out, but it explores so much more than just that. In this book, readers will explore the complex mindsets of both drivers as they battled each other on the track and off.

37. Al Unser Jr: A Checkered Past

Al Unser Jr

Written by: Al Unser Jr., Jade Gurss, and Roger Penske

Published: 2021

Pages: 302

Al Unser Jr. is one of the most decorated drivers in IndyCar history, but his road to success has been bumpy. In his book, Al Unser Jr.: A Checkered Past, he recounts his time in the sport, from growing up with a racing legend for a father and uncle to becoming one of the most successful drivers on the circuit. However, car racing was just part of his life.

The checkered past includes being arrested for multiple driving under the influence events, using drugs and then having to go to rehab many times, and the arrests for domestic violence and even a suicide attempt.

The book offers an intimate look at Unser's life on and off the track and provides an inside perspective on some of the most iconic moments in IndyCar history.

38. Racer


Written by: John Andretti and Jade Gurss

Published: 2020

Pages: 256

Racer is a must-read for any fan of motorsports or the Andretti family. John Andretti, who has competed in NASCAR, IndyCar, and at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, tells his life story with Jade Gurss. The two tap into their overlapping network of friends and associates to provide an intimate account of John's racing career, as well as his personal life away from the track.

Racer is candid, unafraid to reveal the good and bad moments that have made up John's life.

This book provides readers with a unique behind-the-scenes perspective on motorsports and one of its most respected dynasties.

If you're looking for a thrilling read that takes you inside both the cockpit and the boardroom and stories of the relationship between his more famous brother Mario, then this will be the perfect book for you.

39. My Greatest Defeat: Stories of Hardship and Hope from Motor Racing’s Finest Heroes

My Greatest Defeat

Written by: Will Buxton

Published: 2019

Pages: 336

In any sport, there are bound to be moments of defeat. For race car drivers, those defeats can be especially tough to overcome. In this blog post, we will hear the stories of some of motor racing's finest heroes and how they coped with their most significant defeats. Each story is unique and provides an insightful look into the mind of a champion.

With 20 of the most excellent drivers opening up their hearts, you will hear stories of how Jeff Gordon's love of racing destroyed his family.

How Alex Zanardi, who lost both of his legs in a crash, was later able to win a Gold Medal at the Paralympic, and more.

Despite their setbacks, these drivers found hope and continued to achieve even greater things. We can all learn something from their experiences. You will be enthralled as you explore the resilience of champions!

40. The Unfair Advantage

The Unfair Advantage

Written by: Mark Donohue and Paul Van Valkenburgh

Published: 2000 (1975)

Pages: 325

If you think taking advantage of an unfair advantage is wrong, then you will see at times it is okay and even a positive route. This is precisely what Mark Donohue did by being a few steps ahead of everyone else since he was so intelligent and able to see what others were trying to do against him.

He started thinking this way from the moment he started racing in the SCCA and then continued until he retired as a champion.

We like this book because it is a compilation of his findings, which can be applied to all aspects of life. With over sixty photographs and interviews with others, this book is outstanding and will give you that very fair advantage no matter what you want to do with your life.

41. Williams: A Different Kind of Life

Williams: A Different Kind of Life

Written by: Virginia Williams and Pamela Cockerill

Published: 2017

Pages: 278

Frank Williams is the founder of the Williams Formula 1 Racing team. He has had a different kind of life than most people. He has achieved great success in his professional field while also dealing with personal hardships, including the car crash that caused him to become a quadriplegic.

In her book, Virginia Williams recounts her husband’s remarkable journey from construction worker to one of the most successful and renowned racecar drivers and entrepreneurs in history.

Through personal interviews and stories from those who have known him best, she paints an intimate portrait of a complex man who has achieved both great triumphs and devastating losses. And even more so, this book allows us to see inside her mind and what it was like trying to take care of Frank after the car crash.

No matter your experiences, it shows how you can overcome almost anything.

42. NASCAR Nation: How Racing's Values Mirror America's


Written by: Chris Myers

Published: 2012

Pages: 240

NASCAR is a unique sport that has strong roots in American culture. But what makes NASCAR so unique? NASCAR represents the values that are important to Americans. These values are shaped by the history of our country and the experiences of its people.

In his book, NASCAR Nation, Fox Sports announcer Chris Myers explores how racing's values mirror America's.

Myers provides an interesting perspective on the connection between NASCAR and America. He explains how both entities have evolved over time and how they continue to reflect the ideals of their constituents.

If you're interested in understanding NASCAR or America better, no matter which country you live in, then this book is for you!

43. Gilles Villeneuve: The Life of the Legendary Racing Driver

Gilles Villeneuve

Written by: Gerald Donaldson

Published: 1996 (1989)

Pages: 352

There are few names in the world of motorsport as iconic as Gilles Villeneuve. The Canadian racer was one of the most talented drivers ever to grace a racetrack, and his tragic death at just 32 years old has only added to his legend.

This fantastic book tells Villeneuve's story in full for the first time, from his humble beginnings on Quebec's dirt tracks to his racing triumphs worldwide.

With insights from those who knew him best, as well as fascinating details about his racing career, Gerald Donaldson provides a complete portrait of one of motorsport's most enigmatic stars. Even with such a short life, he will never be forgotten and will be remembered as a hero and a daredevil.

44. Driven: The Men Who Made Formula One

Driven: The Men Who Made Formula One

Written by: Kevin Eason

Published: 2018

Pages: 416

Formula One motor racing is one of the most-watched and followed sports in the world. The cars are the fastest, most technologically advanced machines on four wheels, and the drivers are amongst the best athletes in the world. But who are these men behind the scenes and not behind the wheel?

Instead of just reading about the drivers, it is a wild ride to find out more about these men who built a small franchise into one worth billions.

Eason takes a look at some of the most influential owners and multi-millionaires who acted like children throwing tantrums when they didn’t get their way. Also, how they fought each other while lying and distorting the truth to anyone outside of their little "mafia," as Eason calls them.

45. Rapid Response: My Inside Story as a Motor Racing Life-Saver

Rapid Response

Written by: Stephen Olvey

Published: 2006

Pages: 320

Stephen Olvey is a former IndyCar and Formula One doctor who has saved countless lives during his career. In this fascinating book, he recounts some of the most harrowing motor racing accidents and shares the medical techniques that he developed to help drivers survive them.

Through firsthand accounts from drivers, mechanics, and other experts, Olvey provides an in-depth look at the world of high-speed racing.

If you're interested in learning more about what goes on behind the scenes at a racetrack or just want to read a good thriller, then Rapid Response is definitely worth your time.

46. Black Noon: The Year They Stopped the Indy 500

Black Noon

Written by: Art Garner

Published: 2014

Pages: 352

The Indianapolis 500 is one of the most famous auto races in the world. Held every year since 1911, it is considered the premier event of the IndyCar calendar. But in 1964, something happened that stopped the race in its tracks—literally.

That year, a massive crash included seven cars and killed two drivers as their cars exploded in fire.

After the race was restarted, A. J. Foyt won, but the joy was muted at best because of the horrors of the day. However, even with such a terrible event, it allowed for drivers to push for more safety requirements, mandatory pit stops so they could rest and refuel, and more.

This book tells the stories of those who were there and offers new insights into what may have happened.

47. Hard Driving: The Wendell Scott Story

Hard Driving

Written by: Brian Donovan

Published: 2008

Pages: 328

In the early days of NASCAR, one name always seemed to come up when people talked about the best drivers in the sport - Wendell Scott. Though he faced significant racism and discrimination throughout his career, Scott persevered and became a champion driver.

He realized he would be the "Jackie Robinson" of NASCAR and knew he had to be extraordinary. His story is now being brought to life here by Brian Donovan in Hard Driving: The Wendell Scott Story.

This book provides an in-depth look at Scott's life and career and offers valuable insights into the history of NASCAR. Some of these include how Bill France, Sr., who ran NASCAR, promised that he would stop all racism against Scott but did nothing at all, and if anything, he made it worse.

Donovan also examines Scott's unlikely alliances with noted racist George Wallace and white drivers who stood by him and championed his cause for equality, such as Richard Petty. His story is still inspirational in today's world as African American drivers still must deal with the continued racism in NASCAR.

48. Daytona: From the Birth of Speed to the Death of the Man in Black


Written by: Ed Hinton

Published: 2001

Pages: 400

Daytona International Speedway is more than just a racetrack. It's a piece of Florida history that goes back to the early days of racing. What used to be a dusty track has become a worldwide phenomenon with teams owned by billionaires. Daytona is where some of the most iconic moments in motorsports have taken place, from the first race to the death of Dale Earnhardt Sr. It is a story unlike any other.

If you're a fan of racing or just want to learn more about one of Florida's most famous landmarks, then this book is for you. It will take you through Daytona's history and tell you some interesting facts about the track and its drivers. So, buckle up and get ready for some speed!

49. Chicken Soup for the NASCAR Soul: Stories of Courage, Speed and Overcoming Adversity

Chicken Soup for the NASCAR Soul

Written by: G. S. Engle

Published: 2003

Pages: 400

No one ever said that life in the fast lane would be easy. Those who race in NASCAR know all too well about the challenges and hardships of the sport. These drivers continue to compete at the highest level despite the odds, exhibiting courage and speed under pressure. In this book, Engle looks at some of the most inspirational stories from NASCAR history.

Containing 101 stories from some of the most significant drivers of all time, these tales of overcoming adversity will leave you with a renewed appreciation for the sport and its drivers. So sit back, relax, and enjoy a bowl of chicken soup for the NASCAR soul!