LIFE in the PITS
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Since the Traveling Circus series is set in the world of auto racing, I thought it would be cool to
match the cars with the books. That way when you read about them, you won't have to guess.
I've also provided a bit of performance information and some travelling series links, so you can
check them out too, in case you're interested. Please bear in mind that most of the drivers in the
traveling series make their living racing. Which is almost unheard of in today's world. Have fun!
Lion Tamers - Book One - Driven by Morgan Blade
410 Winged Sprint Car
weighs 1375 pounds. The power to weight ratio is comparable to a Formula 1 racer.
There are no mirrors, and no radios. The car is what's known as direct drive. There are no gears, no transmission,
no battery, no starter, and no power steering. They are pushed to start, and the power is either on, or off. They
race on 1/4 mile to 1/2 mile oval dirt tracks.
For more information on traveling series, check out www.worldofoutlaws.com
Names you may recognize, these guys raced sprint cars early in their careers, Jeff Gordon, Kasey Kahne, and Tony
Stewart, just to name a few.
If you only see one dirt race in your lifetime, this should be it!
Center Ring - Book Two - FASPRO team owned by Julia Cameron
These cars would be comparable to what are considered NASCAR Sprint Cup Series cars today. The engines are
358 cubic inches, roughly 850 horsepower. The car with driver weighs 3400 pounds. They do have power
steering, radios, and mirrors. They race on one mile to two mile oval asphalt tracks. You can check out
NASCAR's website for more information.
High Wire - Book Three - Driven by Damon Blade, crew chief Sarah Miller
Dirt Late Model
For author purposes, I've focused on Super Late Models. There are also Late Models, and Limited Late Models.
These cars do not have a cubic inch limit, although most are somewhere around 400-430. They produce over 800
horsepower. They race on quarter mile to five-eighths mile dirt oval tracks. As you can see from the photo above,
these cars move! This car is 'up on it's bars', meaning the driver is hard on the gas, as you can see from the way
the chassis is rising above the wheels.
If you'd like more information you can check out The World Of Outlaws Late Models or Lucas Oil Dirt LM
A few names you may recognize of successful drivers who raced dirt late models, Tony Stewart, Clint Bowyer,
Bill Elliott, David Reutimann, and Ken Schrader.
These are my all time favorite race cars. The way they dance across the dirt is unparalleled.
Trick Riders - Book Four - Driven by Levi and Colin Cameron
Stay tuned! Photos and information to come!