Cockpit was published in 1953. In Britain, it was published under the title Image in the Dust. In the U.S., it was called Cockpit. Considering the book’s cover blurb — An Auto Racer …. A Drug Adddict … And The Woman They Shared — I think it’s possible that the title might have had a double meaning.
The book was written by a British writer named Elleston Trevor. Warick Scott was one of the many pseudonyms that Trevor used. Cockpit was the first of three books which Trevor wrote as Scott. The other were called The Doomsday Story and The Naked Canvas.
The identity of the artist who did this cover is not known. The woman they shared bears a strong resemblance to Marilyn Monroe while the two men in her life look like generic pulp cover men. I’m worried that one of them appears to be standing in the middle of the track. That’s probably the drug addict.