The Ride of Your Life: A Racecar Driver's Journey

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Fasten your seat belts! Indy 500 driver Lyn St. James provides inspirational advice for everyone as she recounts her inspiring career as a world-renowned Indy driver. Lyn St. James was 45 years old when she joined the world of Indy racing. Now known as the American Woman Racing Icon of the Century, Lyn is a testament to the power of determination and positive thinking. In this inspiring, motivational book, St. James chronicles her last Indy 500 and looks back on a career filled with challenges. She recounts years of adversity and the struggle to obtain corporate sponsorships, despite being named the Indy 500 Rookie of the Year. She recalls record-breaking runs at Talladega and Daytona, terrifying crashes, and the joys of mentoring young women drivers. On every page of this story people will find the motivation and encouragement to follow their dreams and reach their goals.

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Lyn St. James has had 15 Indy car starts. She is founder of the Lyn St. James Foundation and Driver Development Program training young racers and served as president of the Women’s Sport Foundation (1990-1993) and currently serves on their Board of Stewards. She lives in Indianapolis.

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One of the first women to earn national recognition as a race-car driver, St. James has written an ode to speed, mechanics and persistence that does not focus simply on that fact. From the time she was a girl, St. James found her way to racing tracks and garages early and often. Her first experience driving at the Palm Beach International Raceway ended in humiliation when her car spun out of control and sank in nearby wetlands. But the rookie kept racing, and by the end of the season she had earned the respect of her peers. Even readers who have no interest in auto racing will be sparked by St. James's simple, genuine descriptions of the experience ("I don't expect anyone who has never driven a race car to understand it completely, but the sky is always bluer, the grass a little greener, and the air a little fresher after you've driven...."). St. James's pursuit of corporate sponsorship (getting a car into a major event like the Indy 500 can cost hundreds of thousands even millions of dollars) is a study in tenacity, confidence and business acumen. With chapter titles such as "Making It Happen" and "You Never Know Till You Ask," the book is intended to inspire, and succeeds. St. James doesn't make an issue of gender beyond citing occasions when others have. At the Indy 2000, when St. James and Sarah Fisher crashed into one another, the event took on historical significance because it was the first time more than one woman had competed in the event. What are the personal and professional ramifications of such accidents? Readers are left only with the unsatisfying "Sarah and I were left to lick our wounds and ponder all the things that might have been." Despite such flat spots, St. James's story, spiked with plenty of folksy advice, makes for an energetic, encouraging rally.
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