"By Dr. Stephen Olvey, Haynes Publishing, Somerset, UK; $29.95
Dr. Stephen Olvey served as Championship Auto Racing Teams’ medical director from 1979 to 2003. This very moving memoir of his years leading the charge for motor sports safety in the series at the pinnacle of open wheel racing in America recaptures an exciting era in the development of technology, both in motor racing and in sports medicine. With professionalism, sincerity, empathy and humor, Olvey recounts the challenges, rewards and devastating losses of forwarding safety in the sport.
On a personal note, I have had the distinct honor of knowing Olvey during most of his tenure with CART, and have heard many of these stories directly from him and Dr. Trammel. Many of the people he writes about are friends of mine and I was present during most of the racing accidents he describes, and several he doesn’t mention. For me, it is a bittersweet reminder of the history of my own life in motor sports.