Paul Newman Remembered
September 27, 2008 | 1:27 P.M. EST
Newman, an Oscar-winning actor, entrepreneur, philanthropist and race car driver, died Friday after a long battle with cancer.
Newman competed in various forms of auto racing and began his career in the early 1970s.
He ran many different forms of sports car and club racing including the SCCA Trans-Am Series where he scored a win at Minnesota's Brainerd International Raceway in 1982.
Among his other racing career highlights were participation in the 24 Hours of Lemans and at age 70, a victory with the winning team in the 24 Hours of Daytona.
He went on to the ranks of team owner and his partnership with Carl Haas resulted in the Newman-Haas Racing Team which has won 107 open wheel races since it was formed in 1983.
Newman's racing legacy also includes his voiceover work for the Pixar movie "Cars," in which he lent his voice to the memorable character of Doc Hudson, a 1951 Hudson and former winner fo the coveted Piston Cup.
His passing brought many memories and tributes from around the motorsports world:
“Paul Newman was a phenomenal individual who made a profound impact throughout his life. His acting skills are well-known, but equally impressive was his desire to give back and help those who just didn’t get the same shake out of life that we did.
“I got to know him through our time helping build Victory Junction Gang Camp and during my handful of races in the Rolex 24 Hours At Daytona. We connected as racers, but Paul’s ideas of what we should do for charity is what really resonated with me the most.
“He set the bar, not only with his giving, but in how he gave. Whether it was through his own line of food products – Newman’s Own – or his work in helping create the Hole in the Wall Camps, Paul did it right, and he did it with class. He’ll be terribly missed.”
Tony George, CEO of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and the Indy Racing League
"On behalf of my mother Mari Human George and the entire Hulman-George family at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and IndyCar Series, our thoughts and prayers are with the family, friends and loved ones of Paul Newman.
To all his fans world-wide and those close to him in our racing community, we share a deep sense of loss, but cherish the many fond memories we will forever carry with us."
“On behalf of Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing, my wife Bernadette and myself, I want to express our most sincere condolences to Joanne and the entire Newman family on the loss of a great human being. Paul and I have been partners for 26 years and I have come to know his passion, humor and above all, his generosity. Not just economic generosity, but generosity of spirit. His support of the team’s drivers, crew and the racing industry is legendary. His pure joy at winning a pole position or winning a race exemplified the spirit he brought to his life and to all those that knew him. We will truly miss him.”
Michael Lanigan, co-owner of Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing
"We truly lost a great man. Most of us knew him as Butch or Fast Eddie from the theater or from our living rooms at home. He was much more than a great actor. His legacy will be his five children, his wife, Joanne and all the sick children around the world who desperately needed his help. Paul was a man of character who cared about the world and the people who lived in it. Putting a smile on a young person’s face and helping people in need was a virtue he excelled at. Little did anyone realize a child born of such humble beginnings could affect our lives in so many positive ways. We should all learn to live by his example. We will miss him dearly but will never forget him."