Formula 1′s efforts to regain a commercial foothold in the United States finally bore fruit in 2012 with the inaugural Formula 1 United States Grand Prix at the Circuit of The Americas in Austin. That makes now the perfect time for a book commemorating the American legacy in F1, which reaches back farther than even some enthusiasts might realize.
Produced in association with Circuit of The Americas by the Dojupa Group, this handsome limited-edition 11.6in. x 9.4in., hardbound, 200-page volume will be a welcome addition to any F1 fan's coffee table. The American Legacy in Formula 1 brings the sport's history to evocative life in the superb images of Bernard and Paul-Henri Cahier, two of the sport's most cherished photographers.
The text by Phillip van Osten (prefaced with a forward by Mario Andretti, America's second World Champion) includes profiles of American drivers and teams to have taken on the world in grand prix racing, detailing the successes like World Champs Phil Hill and Andretti as well as the might-have-beens like Michael Andretti. The book also includes a summary of the various venues that have hosted F1 races in the United States, and a "Made in the USA" section spotlights some of the American-based manufacturers and suppliers who have played key roles in F1 through the years. The volume concludes with a detailed look at the Circuit of the Americas, from the planning stages through to the Austin track's visions of its expanded racing future.
A fine overview of American participation in the World Driver's Championship and a great way to while away an afternoon in your favorite armchair, The American Legacy in Formula 1 is available for $99.99 plus shipping from www.jsr.com.