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Making it Faster | Book Release Coming Soon

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Making it FASTER is the culmination of 40 years of knowledge and experience from Dan Binks, crew chief extraordinaire, and Norm DeWitt, fellow San Diegan and former racer/journalist/author.  The result is to bring Dan’s incredible wealth of experience, tricks, and tales from 4 decades racing at the highest levels and combine it with Norm’s racing and fabrication experience along with access to legendary racers of the past 6 decades.  Foreword by Tommy Kendall, the driver most associated with Dan Binks for their success with a number of race teams.

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I would like to thank the many racers who helped to explain how technological advances were made, during the struggle to find any advantage.  Thanks to Phil and Marge Binks, Sir Jackie Stewart, Sir Stirling Moss, Mario Andretti, Phil Hill, Dan Gurney, A.J. Foyt, Chris Amon, John Fitch, Rick Mears, Parnelli Jones, Joe Leonard, Bobby Unser, Bob Bondurant, Dick Guldstrand, Roger Penske, Jim Rathmann, Jean Alesi, Emanuele Pirro, Tony Adamowicz, Stuart Graham, Jack Baldwin, Greg Biffle, Tommy Kendall, Wayne Taylor, Paul Gentilozzi, Allan McNish, David Murray, Scott Dixon, Marino Franchitti, Geoff Brabham, John Morton, Marc Lieb, Wolf Henzler, Timo Bernhard, Jan Magnussen, Brian Redman, Vic Elford, Jackie Oliver,  Mike Rahal, Anthony Davidson, Takuma Sato, Rubens Barrichello, Justin Wilson, Tony Kannan, Oriol Servia, Sebastian Bourdais, Simon Pagenaud,  Bryan Clauson, Don Garlits, and others.

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This book could not have been written without support from those on the technical or manufacturing side, ie: engineers, crew chiefs, manufacturers, and historians.  Special thanks to Gordon Kimball, Trevor Harris, Gian Paolo Dallara, Andrea Vecchi (Dallara), Jack Roush, Ron Tauranac, Ken Anderson, Craig Hampson, Don Devendorf, Andrew Smith (“H”), Ray Evernham, Ben Bowlby, Simon Marshall, Bob Liebeck, Rob Dyson, Jim Campbell, Rick Mayer (Risi) and Andrew Heard of Xtrac.   Ulrich Baretzky, Wolfgang Ulrich, and Martin Muehlmeier of Audi Sport.  Hisatake Murata (P1 Toyota Hybrid), Brembo – Michael Messina & Mauro Piccoli, Derrick Walker, Paul Butler, and Donald Davidson of IMS… all of whom put up with my endless questions.

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One has to include tales from motorcycle racing at the highest levels as well, as nobody gets as much accomplished per square inch of  contact patch as these racers do.    Thanks to Jeremy Burgess, Al Ludington, Davide Tardozzi, Stuart Shenton, Michael Czysz, Tom Houseworth, Massimo Meregalli, Jorge Lorenzo, Valentino Rossi, Nicky Hayden, Wayne Gardner, Troy Corser, Nobby Clark, Philippe DeLespinay, Rod Coleman,  Gene Romero, Kenny Roberts, and Wayne Rainey.          Norm DeWitt

The Previous Book – Grand Prix Motorcycle Racers

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The previous book, is available in Kindle or book form from, available in Nook or book form from Barnes & Noble, or from the publisher  Foreword by Alan Cathcart, published 2010.   Selected by Autoweek magazine for their 2010 holiday gift guide (one of 16 books selected that year, only 3 motorcycle based), see the review with Jay Leno at

Also was a guest on the Adam Carolla show/podcast to discuss various aspects of car racing history and technology.

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  1. Mike Platis 08.09.13 at 5:37 pm

    I have been looking forward to a site like this and leave it to Dan and Norm to come up with it. Way to go. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Craig Massey 08.09.13 at 11:10 pm

    Looking forward to the book, purchasing it, reading it and digging it. Cool beans, Norm.

  3. Gonzo 09.15.13 at 8:39 pm

    You use multiple photos of the creations of Jim Hall, probably one of the most innovative constructors and drivers in modern motor racing and you cannot even mention him by name in your “thanks” section?


    • Monzabanking 02.08.14 at 9:51 pm

      I got no help from Jim Hall with the book, however I got a great deal of help from Phil Hill, Vic Elford, Brian Redman, and Jackie Stewart, all drivers who drove his cars. That said, Jim is certainly one of the great innovators of the sport, as was Colin Chapman, as is John Barnard and Gordon Murray… none of whom got a mention in that page as they did not give me 1st person help with this book. Every name on that page gave me first hand information, and were active participants in the book.

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