If you know who both Rick Mears and Gordon Kirby are, you'll already want this book. In brief, it is the story of one of North American motorsport's greatest ever drivers, written by one of its greatest writers.
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This revised edition of 'Thanks' updates its original 2008 edition with additional material on Mears' family life and advisory work to the Penske team.
'Thanks' does everything you want it to – the comprehensive story of Mears' life and career, charting the (very) highs and (painful) lows. With extensive contributions from Mears himself together with family, team members and rivals, alongside Kirby's paddock insights, this is no long-distance biography.
Coming in hardback and featuring copious pictures of beautiful 1980s and 1990s Penskes, 'Thanks' is the latest in a strong run of recent IndyCar books – last year's 'Indy Split: The Big Money Battle that Nearly Destroyed Indy Racing' and Al Unser Jr's brutally honest autobiography being the other highlights.
Knowing his audience, Kirby also includes a comprehensive IndyCar results section in the closing pages, which will delight the completists and rounds off the package neatly.
The price tag may put off a few, but for fans of one of IndyCar's golden eras this is definitely tipping into must-have territory.
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Rick Mears – Thanks: The story of Rick Mears and the Mears gang
Author: Gordon Kirby
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