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Winning: The Racing Life of Paul Newman

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The winner of the 2010 International Automotive Media Gold Award, now available in paperback format.
 
Though he is famous as one of Hollywood’s greatest actors, a world-class humanitarian, and the founder of the Newman’s Own natural food empire, the late Paul Newman had another intriguing and lesser-known passion: he was an avid, successful, and well-respected car racer and team owner. In Winning: The Racing Life of Paul Newman, Matt ...

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Overview

The winner of the 2010 International Automotive Media Gold Award, now available in paperback format.
 
Though he is famous as one of Hollywood’s greatest actors, a world-class humanitarian, and the founder of the Newman’s Own natural food empire, the late Paul Newman had another intriguing and lesser-known passion: he was an avid, successful, and well-respected car racer and team owner. In Winning: The Racing Life of Paul Newman, Matt Stone of Motor Trend teams up with Preston Lerner of Automobile magazine to bring you the incredible racing biography of a man whose serious racing days began at an age when many race car drivers contemplate retirement. It is the story of someone who entered the 24 Hours of Daytona at the age of 70 and made his last professional race outing at 82; whose roster of Newman Haas drivers reads like a who’s-who of open-wheel racing; and whose interest in cars extended from the likely suspects to old trucks and new hybrids. Newman is also the charming pal who, when a miserably wrecked Ferrari was dropped at his door by the incorrigible prankster Robert Redford, returned the favor by having the car, crushed into a cube, delivered to Redford’s living room. The anecdotes, the races, the cars—Winning contains them all, adding up to an award-winning and unprecedented look at Paul Newman’s racing talent, unwavering conviction, endearing charm, and enduring spirit.

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“Who was faster, Steve McQueen or Paul Newman? Dick Barbour, a driver who raced with and against both, gives the nod to McQueen. He says that while McQueen was “a natural,” Newman was “methodical.” This is but one of many illuminating insights in “Winning: The Racing Life of Paul Newman,” a timely new book about the legendary actor who died last year at 83.” – Jerry Garrett, The New York Times

Library Journal
When Paul Newman was filming Winning (1969), he and costar Robert Wagner took professional driving lessons. According to Stone (executive editor, Motor Trend magazine), Newman already had a fascination with automobiles, but it was the drivers and consultants associated with the film who fueled his passion for speed. Among Newman's accomplishments listed here are his four Sports Car Club of America titles and his being the oldest driver to post a class win at the 24 hours of Daytona. As an owner, he posted eight Champion Auto Racing Team (CART) titles. Stone includes excellent color photos of cars, crews, and drivers, and heartfelt tributes from Newman's associates in motor sports over the years. The big names include Bobby Rahal, Christian Fittipaldi, and Mario Andretti, who wrote the book's foreword. There's just enough text to tell the story but not get in the way of the photos. A complete list of Newman's races is appended. VERDICT This is an essential read for Newman fans and auto-racing enthusiasts.—Susan Belsky, Oshkosh P.L., WI
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780760337066
  • Publisher: Motorbooks
  • Publication date: 10/9/2009
  • Edition description: First
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 1,334,646
  • Product dimensions: 8.70 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Matt Stone (Glendale, CA), former executive editor of Motor Trend magazine, has been a professional automotive journalist and photographer since 1985. He is the author or photographer for several books, including the best-selling My First Car (2011), 365 Cars You Must Drive (2006), McQueen’s Machines (2010), and Winning: The Racing Life of Paul Newman (2009, 2014), all from Motorbooks. Most recently, he co-authored History’s Greatest Automotive Mysteries, Myths, and Rumors Revealed (Motorbooks, 2013) with Preston Lerner. www.mattstonecars.com/bio.html

 
Preston Lerner (Burbank, CA), a regular contributor to Automobile magazine, has written about motorsports for publications ranging from Sports Illustrated to the New York Times. He also club-races a Spec Miata and Nissan 240SX with the SCCA and NASA. Lerner has co-authored Motorbooks titles Winning: The Racing Life of Paul Newman (2009, 2014) and History’s Greatest Automotive Mysteries, Myths, and Rumors Revealed (2013).
 
Mario Andretti is auto racing’s definition of “been there, won that.” His professional driving career spanned more than four decades and includes the Formula One driver’s title (1978), an Indy 500 win (1969), the Daytona 500 (1967), and four CART/USAC open-wheel racing national championships. Andretti has been called Mr. Versatile, known for driving everything from USAC sprint cars on the dirt to IndyCars, sports racing prototypes, and (of course) F1. He was Newman Haas Racing’s first driver when the team was formed in 1982, raced there for 12 seasons, and was considered one of Paul Newman’s closest friends.

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Table of Contents

Foreword

Acknowledgments

Introduction

Chapter 1: Winning

Chapter 2: PL Newman, Racing Driver

 

Chapter 3: 100 Victories and Counting

Chapter 4: Cars

Chapter 5: Newman’s Own

Appendices

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  • Posted May 6, 2010

    Paul Newman was a WINNER!

    This book was a delightful & quick read. I lack objectivity where Paul Newman is concerned and I admit it!
    This book not only has some great info in it about Paul Newman and his racing and how he got so involved with it, but the photographs are top notch, many never having been seen before.
    He loved cars and he loved racing....and I will always be grateful that his CHAMPS car series came to San Jose several years in a row and I was able to see him and his team WIN BIG and how happy it made him.
    This book made me HAPPY!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 6, 2010

    what a life!

    Informative book if you know little about his racing life. Got the chance to see Newman race a few times & the book brings back memories of those good times.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 30, 2010

    This book really shows the passion of this man for the sport of racing.

    I gave this book to my husband for Christmas and he loved it. He said that Paul Newman was a racer at heart and this was shown by the authors. They gave a great history of his career on the track and the respect he earned from fellow racers.

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  • Posted December 15, 2009

    Must Read for a Newman fan or Racing fan.

    Excellent book, well researched and written. You may learn more about Paul Newman the man in this book than biographies that only cover his acting career. Much of it told through stories from his competitors, comrades, and those who drove or worked for him, you find he was not only talented, but an amazing and generous human being. Quite a talented man, with a grand sense of humor, and a very good race driver. He treated those in the sport equally, the well-known and unknown, with never a bad word against anyone.

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