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The Physics of Nascar: How to Make Steel + Gas + Rubber = Speed.

THE PHYSICS OF NASCAR: How to Make Steel + Gas + Rubber: Speed DIANDRA LESLIE-PELECKY

Dedicated to the men and women who work in garages and race shops, this book focuses on the physics that experienced motor heads intrinsically understand regardless of the words they use to explain it. Physicist Leslie-Pelecky was entranced the first time she watched a race car smack against an outside wall and careen across the track, taking out other cars before going up in flames. While researching this book, she spoke at length with NASCAR drivers and pit-crew members to learn about the science behind speed. An appreciation of the aerodynamics involved in NASCAR elevates the auto race--a sport that originated when drivers made illegal runs for moonshine during the Prohibition era--to an art. Button, 2008, 286 p., b&w illus., hardcover, $25.95.

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Date:Feb 9, 2008
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