Motorsports publisher Coastal 181 has announced the release of its latest title, “The People’s Champ: A Racing Life,” by Dave Darland. The autobiography of one of open-wheel racing’s most successful and popular racers was written with well-known journalist Bones Bourcier. The book charts the course of Darland’s racing life, from Quarter-Midgets and local Sprint Cars through his remarkable and ongoing professional career, including championships in all three of USAC’s national divisions – Silver Crown, Sprint Cars, and Midgets.
Not simply a chronological retelling of a great driver’s climb, Darland discusses the rivalries that helped shape his career, the code of conduct he races by, the magic of his sport’s biggest events, and the joys and stresses of being a husband and father in a sport that requires frequent travel and intense focus. The book is annotated with reflections from “eyewitnesses” who have known Dave through their own personal and professional relationships, whether as car owner, mechanic, rival driver, or family member. Darland’s story is illustrated by dozens of color and black and white photographs and includes a foreword by another champion and longtime friend, Tony Stewart.
And Dave Darland is not done yet. Darland celebrated the launch of the book on July 12th at Kokomo Speedway by winning that night’s Indiana Sprint Week feature and setting a new track record.
“The People’s Champ” is available online at www.coastal181.com or by calling Coastal 181 at 877-907-8181 toll free.