In 1974 Mark Donohue took a year
off from driving at the height of his racing career and wrote a
candid and revealing book about his journey through the world of
auto racing from amateur races in his own '57 Corvette to winning
the Indy 500 in Roger Penske's McLaren M16.
Yet there is nothing sensational about Donohue's story. This is
not a tale of fame and fortune, nor an exposÃ© of the scandalous
off-track lives of race-car drivers. Rather Donohue presents a
fascinating and focused behind-the-scenes look at how a champion
driver who won virtually every racing class he competed in and how
he prepared himself and his cars to win.
With characteristic modesty, Donohue is quick to attribute much
of his racing success to the many "unfair advantages" he had over
his competitors, such as faster engines, better tires, and a more
professional crew. But after reading just a few chapters of his
book, it becomes clear that Mark Donohue's greatest unfair
advantage was his own relentless determination to build a better
car and be a better driver every time he set foot on a race
The Unfair Advantage captures a uniquely
American blend of intellect and scrappiness. A graduate in
engineering from Brown University, Donohue integrated creativity,
openness to new ideas, humor, and his persistent will to win into
every part of his approach to racing. When Donohue puts that
formula into words in The Unfair Advantage the
result is as much an attitude and perspective as anything else. As
such, it has had wide reaching and particularly personal impact for
almost 30 years in the world of motorsport participants and
The Unfair Advantage is also a glimpse into a
more human, albeit more dangerous, period in racing. -- raw,
high-powered cars, comparatively small budgets and tight time
tables. Many of the personalities, competition classes, and
engineering principles of the early seventies still dominate the
racing scene today.
Inside you'll find profiles of many of the mechanics, drivers,
and crew chiefs Donohue worked with, and won with during his
career. Special attention is given to Walter Hansgen, Peter Revson,
Don Cox (Penske team engineer), Karl Kainhofer and John Woodard
(Penske team mechanics) and of course Roger Penske. Donohue also
shows how studying his major rivals including Mario Andretti, Jacky
Ickx, and Jackie Stewart helped him to develop his own competitive
Now, 25 years after it's original publication, The Donohue sons
worked together to release a new edition of The Unfair
Advantage. The new edition contains all of the original
text. Expanded content includes photographs and separately appended
material that fills out the Donohue story in words and pictures and
provides historical context.
New Features include:
New Foreword exclusive to this edition
Chronology of Mark Donohue's life and racing career
Additional photos and comments from people who worked and raced
with Mark Donohue during the 60's and early 70's.
53 color/62 black & white photos
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