"It's not the quality of the man.... It's the quality of the team" (62).
In life, and racing, it is extremely important to work together as much as you can with a group. You will not be able to be as successful in life if you don't work well with your peers. Sometimes, you have to accept that you can't do everything on your own and you will have to use your peers to your advantage.
"No race has ever been won in the first turn, but many have been lost there" (74).
This is definitely true in racing, but is also extremely true when it comes to living your life. You can't get too focused on one small part of your life, and you have to focus on the big picture instead. You can't let one small event in your life change the rest of your life. It is important to not get caught up in the past, and look ahead to what you can do in the future.
"But there's nothing like your first. They grow up so fast" (96).
Everything in life is extremely special, and memorable if it is your first time doing it. This obviously relates to growing up. You will always remember your first time doing something, no matter what it is. Also, this quote shows how life goes by so fast, so we need to live it to its fullest, and not dwell on the past.
"I don't care what you look like.... I see who you really are" (104).
Everyone in life experiences some sort of major change in one specific part of their life. However, they are still themselves, and that doesn't change who they are. They are not completely changed based off of one specific event and should still be treated the same way. We are all people no matter what we have done in life, and we should be treated like we are people. Even if they have made mistakes in their life, we all have, so that shouldn't matter.