Paul Newman had a fifty-plus year career as one of the most sought after and talented actors in American Film. Yet few knew the passion for auto racing that became so important to Paul.
His car racing career lasted for thirty-five years, and he won four national championships as a driver and eight championships as an owner. That is amazing considering that he didn't start racing until his late 40's. Newman's first professional event as a racer was in 1972.
In the early 1980s I was one of the first Nail Technicians working in Ann Arbor, MI. One of my favorite clients was the wife of an Indy Car Racing Team. I often went to her home to do her nails as she lived far from my salon.
One time when I was out there she took me into her husband's racing office and there was Paul Newman! She knew I was a HUGE Paul Newman fan and wanted to surprise me. Driver Danny Sullivan was there too but was just getting started in his career. I was just stunned by Paul's down to earth demeanor and sense of humor. One of the best moments of my life!
I saw Paul again at Michigan Speedway in the pits with the Shearson crew. He was just wonderful...Wish I had a camera back then! I did get a poster....
There is a new documentary coming out May 22, 2015 and I can't wait to go see it...here is some information on Winning: The Racing Life of Paul Newman
"Winning: The Racing Life of Paul Newman" is a feature length documentary that chronicles the storied 35 year racing career of Paul Newman.
Documentary chronicles the 35-year racing career of actor Paul Newman, who died in 2008. It showcases Newman's racing career as both a driver and an owner. As a driver, he won four SCCA National Championships, 24 Hours of Daytona, took true second at Le Mans (winning his class) and won multiple professional Trans Am races. Newman also owned Newman/Haas Racing with Carl Haas, and together with drivers Mario Andretti, Michael Andretti, Sebastien Bourdais and others, they were one of the most prolific Indy car teams in history.
Starring: Robert Redford, Tom Cruise, Joann Woodward, Patrick Dempsey, Jay Leno, Robert Wagner, Mario and Michael Andretti, Sebastien Bourdais, Bob Sharp, Sam Posey and many others who raced with, and for Paul Newman.
Directed By: Adam Carolla & Nate Adams
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