ELVERTA, Calif. – As readers across the country opened the pages of his newly-released autobiography, Jimmy Sills saw his phone blow up with calls and texts.
Life With Luke, a 312-page hardbound book released in early October, details Jimmy’s eventful life and Hall of Fame racing career. Told in a poignant, entertaining style, Life With Luke paints a dramatic and memorable portrait of a racer during one of the most dynamic periods in motorsports.
“It was a long project, but very fulfilling,” Sills said from his Elverta, Calif., home. “To have people wanting to read about your life, it makes you feel good. When people began reading the book right after it was released, lots of friends and family reached out to talk about the book.
“It’s been great, hearing from people. I’ve received texts from people who told me they are laughing out loud as they read the book, and that made me smile.
“Writing a book, you never really know how people are going to receive it. I guess I was a little nervous about that part. But when I started hearing from people and everyone was positive and excited about what they were reading, it was a great feeling.”
With the initial release of Life With Luke behind him, Sills is putting together a schedule of book signings in coming months at a variety of races and motorsports functions. The first promotional appearance came Oct. 19 at the Trophy Cup at Thunderbowl Raceway in Tulare, Calif.
“It was wonderful to see so many friends (at Tulare),” he said. “We ran out of books pretty quickly, and felt a little badly about that. We’ve been directing people to the website (www.daveargabright.com) to order the book, and lots of people said they couldn’t wait to get their copy.
“The weekend definitely got us excited about the next few months, and I’m looking forward to reconnecting with people as we’re out promoting the book.”
Sills, an inductee in both the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame and the USAC Hall of Fame, enjoyed a terrific career that spanned almost four decades. His warm, easy personality and fun-loving spirit, along with his winning style, made him a fan favorite throughout the U.S. as well as Australia and New Zealand.