Neil Roberts harkens from the Austin, TX area. He graduated from Texas A&M & worked for Jim Hall’s Indy Pennzoil Indy car during the 1990’s. He’s since worked for Swift Engineering. He just published his first book about racing preparation & why you do it!
Neil Roberts is an aerospace engineer, a 25 year SCCA member, and a professional race car design engineer. Neil competed successfully in autocross and SCCA club racing for 20 years, then worked as a professional race engineer with the Hall/VDS Racing Indycar team for 4 years. Neil has been a major contributor to every Swift race car design since 1996, specializing in suspension and structural design optimization. Additional projects that Neil has led at Swift include chief engineering the design and construction of the Eclipse Concept Jet in 200 days and designing advanced concepts for DARPA and the military services. [Book details here]
Here’s what Neil has to say as an introduction to his book:
The Racer’s Why-To Guide to Winning
by Neil Roberts
If you are determined to WIN but you have more motivation than money, Think Fast is the book you have been looking for. Neil’s clear and entertaining guidance will show you how to overcome your competitors’ bigger budgets and finish ahead of them. Unlike any other auto racing technology book, Think Fast is not about the technology, but about WHY TO use some technologies and avoid others in your quest to WIN races. Think Fast can help any race car driver or race engineer tackle the big challenges and cross the finish line FIRST.
Think Fast is a professional racing industry insider’s detailed description of his unique process that makes racing drivers and race cars faster and work together more effectively. Both driver and car development techniques are covered, including very cost effective approaches to problems faced by every motorsports competitor. There are numerous ideas that will help any racer, from an autocrosser on a shoestring budget to a top echelon racing team engineer with extensive, state of the art engineering development resources.
Both road course and oval track racers can benefit from the many original concepts that are included in Think Fast. Highly technical subjects are presented clearly, while mathematical equations are avoided entirely.
Think Fast is intended to complement other racing technology books that are already on the reader’s shelf. Think Fast is divided into two sections, Fast Fundamentals and Fast Physics. Fast Fundamentals presents the short list of challenges faced by the racer that matter the most and includes an extensive, clear discussion about each challenge. Fast Fundamentals includes an extensive chapter on highly innovative race car driver development techniques. Fast Physics is more technically oriented and presents hundreds of lessons learned, engineering concepts, tips, and tricks that have never been revealed in print until now.
Racing Ready reasons that this book should be required reading for all of us wannabe racers!