Who Is Paul Haney?
Paul first attended drag races and sports car
races in Texas in the 1950s. A passion for cars and curiosity
about how they worked led to a mechanical engineering degree
followed by several decades in the aerospace, materials, and
During the 1980s Paul became involved in racing, working for
several racing businesses and writing for motorsports publications.
Paul has published three books and a web site, www.insideracingtechnology.com.
The first two books were Inside Racing Technology and Inside
Racing. Paul's latest book, The Racing & High-Performance
Tire, co-published with the Society of Automotive Engineers in
April 2003 is the result of 20 years trying to figure out how
tires work and how a car uses them for handling and control.
Paul now works with race teams and presents seminars and webinars
on tires and basic vehicle dynamics. He provides understandable
explanations of how tires work on a car. He explains the viscoelastic
nature of tires and rubber friction so that racers can get the
most from their tires and lower lap times.
A member of the planning committee of the SAE Motorsports Engineering
Conference and Exhibition, Paul chaired the MSEC vehicle committee
in 1998. He also served as a Design Judge in Formula SAE competitions.
Paul taught an Associate Engineering course at a state university.
"A four-wheel vehicle with tires, shocks, and a human driver
is an extremely complicated system." Haney says, "This
complexity is one reason why people find motor racing so interesting.
Even as more people better understand the chassis and aerodynamic
components of racing technology, how tires work on a car remains
mysterious. Experienced racers know how tires behave but they
don't know the whys. I offer understandable explanations trying
to counter the general lack of information and correct some common
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