1st Edition

The Science of Motorsport

Edited By David Ferguson Copyright 2019
    182 Pages 36 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    182 Pages 36 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Despite its worldwide following, high levels of investment and scientific complexity, there is a lack of evidence-based literature on the science of human performance in motorsport. Focusing on the physiological, psychological and sport medicine aspects of training, performance, injury and safety, The Science of Motorsport is the first book to provide an accessible and up-to-date resource for stakeholders at all levels of motorsport.

    Addressing the physiological and psychological stresses of racing across a full range of sports, from Formula 1 and IndyCar to NASCAR and endurance racing, the book includes chapters on:

    • nutritional and physical training strategies for drivers;

    • the driver’s neck;

    • injury rates and pathologies of open-wheel driving;

    • return to competition from concussion;

    • driver safety;

    • and considerations for pit crews and safety staff.

    Accessibly written and made up of contributions from world-leading authorities in motorsport science research, this is a crucial resource for racing drivers, physical trainers, pit crew members and safety personnel, as well as researchers and students with an interest in applied sport physiology, applied sport psychology or sport medicine.

    1. The Biology of Automobile Racing, More Than Just Turning Left

    Lydia Pineault BS and David P. Ferguson

    2. The Physiological Stress of Automobile Racing

    Edward S. Potkanowicz

    3. Nutrition Recomendations For Race Car Drivers

    Claire Heft Rd and Alexandra Stanjones

    4. Physical Training the Neck of the Driver Athlete

    Don Gatherer, Jon Malvern and Angus Perry

    5. Psychological Considerations for Motorsport Racing

    Karl Erickson and Daniel Gould

    6. Merging Medicine and Technology to Improve Safety in Motorsports

    Terry Trammell, Jeff Horton, and Daniel Colvin

    7. Return to Competition of Automobile Race Car Drivers Following Concussion

    Julia Daly

    8. The Safety Crew and Event Staff

    Teena M. Garrison and Harish Chander

    9. Driver and Team Interactions

    David P. Ferguson

    10. Implementation of the Science of Automobile Racing

    Charlie Kimball


    David P. Ferguson is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Kinesiology at Michigan State University, USA.