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About Ross Bentley
I could tell you all about how, at the age of five, I declared that I would be a professional race driver when I grew up, but that would mean that I grew up - and I don't feel like I have! See, I've spent my life doing what I love: driving race cars, coaching drivers, talking about driving, writing about performance in sports and business, coaching executives and business owners, learning, and writing about them all.
Behind the wheel, after years of racing sprints cars, Formula Ford, Formula Atlantic, and Trans-Am, I finally realized my dream of racing Indy cars. And then, after a few years of struggling with underfunded and "under-competitive" Indy cars, I got the opportunity to drive prototype and GT sports cars in IMSA, Grand-Am and ALMS - winning the 1998 U.S. Road Racing Championship and the 2003 Daytona 24-Hour race.
When I was ten years old, my best friend's older brother gave me a stack of Road & Track magazines, dating from about 1963-67. They changed my life. I really learned to read with these magazines, and the stories about Grand Prix racing, Le Mans, the Ford GT-40, Lotus, Jim Clark and the latest exotic cars kept me awake late at night. But the writers, like Rob Walker, Henry Manney, Dennis Simanaitis, Peter Egan...and more recently, Jack Baruth and Sam Smith, inspired me to learn to write. Imagine how I now feel contributing on a regular basis to R&T, and sharing the pages with Smith and Egan!
I'm a "learning junkie." I've focused my addiction on sports psychology, educational kinesiology, neuroscience, human learning strategies and coaching for performance. As a coach, my drivers have won at practically every level and in every form of motorsport: road racing, oval racing, motorcycles, drifting, and even drag racing, in North America and around the world. I also do a lot of speaking engagements and seminars at car club events, working with both individuals and entire groups, drivers and instructors. Check out http://speedsecrets.com.
Performance is performance. It doesn't matter if it's on the race track or in the boardroom. I've had a blast successfully applying the same performance-based approaches to the business world (coaching executives, managers, sales people, teams, etc.) that I do with drivers. Interestingly, some of my business coaching clients don't know a thing about my motorsport background - and it doesn't matter since my focus is on helping them improve performance in the workplace.
Oh, I've recently begun learning to fly helicopters. Having co-authored a book on flying (Performance Pilot), flown serious flight simulators, and "played around" with airplanes, it's time to put my learning addiction to the test.
While I live in the Pacific Northwest, my coaching and speaking engagements ensures that I travel a lot - something that I have a love-hate relationship with. Hmmm...maybe some day I'll share my travel stories...
That's it. I gotta go do some writing.
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In Speed Secrets: The Lost Art of High-Performance Driving, Ross Bentley explains in plain language how you can train yourself to become a true performance driver.
With the promise of autonomous vehicles in our near future, and current cars equipped with "driver aides," it's not hard to feel like the art (and science) of performance driving has been all but lost. Don't lose hope! For every device designed to take the act of driving out of your hands, the desire to actively participate in driving a car becomes even stronger for driving enthusiasts.
In Speed Secrets: The Lost Art of High-Performance Driving, you will learn exactly how to become an even better performance-oriented driver; whether it's to enjoy a twisty mountain highway, to take that secret back-road route to work, or even participate in a track day on a racing circuit.
From how to best use your car's controls, to cornering, to dealing with adverse driving conditions, The Lost Art of High-Performance Driving will make you a better performance driver. Along the way, you'll learn what ABS, traction and stability control, self-braking systems, and semi-automatic transmissions do, and how best to incorporate them into your driving.
This is the true guide to speed, and it will help you understand your car more intimately than ever. Most importantly, it will fuel your passion for driving!
How will Performance Pilot help me?
Performance Pilot will help you...
- Speed up your flight training progress
- Prepare & practice more effectively
- Perform better on flight tests
- Learn faster & save money on lessons
- Improve your flying skills
- Control your thoughts while flying
- Learn to armchair fly... PROPERLY!
- Achieve a peak state to fly better
- Master the mental game of flying
- Improve your concentration & consistency
What are pilots saying about Performance Pilot?
Best money you'll ever spend to improve your piloting.
Performance Pilot is full of priceless advice.
Flight Instructor & glider pilot
Gives pilots the best and most efficient techniques on improving their aircraft handling.
A320 Captain & aerobatic pilot
I used the ideas in Performance Pilot to great effect. There is no doubting that there was definitely an improvement in my performance.
B787 First Officer
As a current instructor of F18 fighter pilots, this is certainly a book I will recommend to all my students.
Fighter Combat Instructor
In short, the strategies in this book can help build better pilots.
C17A Squadron Commander
This is a book that should be part of every pilot's bookcase.
Australian PILOT magazine
A must read.
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