Winning: The Racing Life of Paul Newman

Winning: The Racing Life of Paul Newman

by Matt Stone, Preston Lerner
     
 

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Winning: The Racing Life of Paul Newman is also the title of the 2015 documentary about Paul Newman from director Adam Carolla. Read the book that inspired the film!

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

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Winning: The Racing Life of Paul Newman is also the title of the 2015 documentary about Paul Newman from director Adam Carolla. Read the book that inspired the film!

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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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
From the Publisher

“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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780760346297
Publisher:
Motorbooks
Publication date:
03/15/2014
Edition description:
First
Pages:
176
Sales rank:
745,593
Product dimensions:
8.25(w) x 10.75(h) x 0.75(d)

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From the Publisher
“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

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 and photographer of several books, including Motorbooks' best-selling My First Car (2011), 365 Cars You Must Drive (2006), and McQueen's Machines (2010). He is the co-author, with Preston Lerner, of Winning: The Racing Life of Paul Newman (2009, 2014) and History's Greatest Automotive Mysteries, Myths, and Rumors Revealed (Motorbooks, 2013, 2014).

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Preston Lerner, a regular contributor to Automobile magazine, has written about motorsports for publications ranging from Sports Illustrated to the New York Times. Lerner has co-authored Motorbooks titles Winning: The Racing Life of Paul Newman and History's Greatest Automotive Mysteries, Myths, and Rumors Revealed with Matt Stone.

Mario Andretti is auto racing's definition of "Been There, Won That." His professional driving career spanned more than four decades and includes pit-stops as a Formula One driver (1978), an Indy 500 winner (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 is considered one of Paul Newman's closest friends.

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