Winning: The Racing Life of Paul Newman

Winning: The Racing Life of Paul Newman

by Matt Stone, Preston Lerner, Mario Andretti
     
 

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Winner of International Automotive Media Gold Award 2010 For all his fame as one of Hollywood’s great actors, a world-class humanitarian, and the proprietor of a natural food empire, the late Paul Newman had another intriguing facet that was less known and perhaps closer to his heart than all the rest of his well-chronicled life.  He was an avid,… See more details below

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Winner of International Automotive Media Gold Award 2010 For all his fame as one of Hollywood’s great actors, a world-class humanitarian, and the proprietor of a natural food empire, the late Paul Newman had another intriguing facet that was less known and perhaps closer to his heart than all the rest of his well-chronicled life.  He was an avid, successful and well respected car racer and team owner.  This book tells that story--from Newman’s racing career, begun in earnest at an age when many race car drivers contemplate retirement; to the partnership he formed in 1983 with Chicago racing entrepreneur and team owner Carl Haas; to the impressive stable of automobiles he owned, from the Porsches and Ferraris to quirkier modified VWs and Volvos.  This is the tale of a life full of passion and skill, 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 drivers for Newman/Hass reads as a who’s who of open wheel racing; and whose interest in cars extended from the likely suspects to old trucks and new hybrids.  And then there’s the charming pal who, when the incorrigible prankster Robert Redford had a miserably wrecked Ferrari dropped at his front door, returned the favor by having the car, crushed into a cube, delivered to Redford’s living room.  The anecdotes, the races, the cars--all are here, adding up to what for many would be a full life, but for Paul Newman was simply another side of a man of talent, conviction, and enduring spirit. See Motorbooks author Matt Stone interviewed by Jay Leno on JayLenosGarage.com: http://www.jaylenosgarage.com/video/jays-book-club-matt-stone/1164286/

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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:
9781616730383
Publisher:
Motorbooks
Publication date:
10/15/2009
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
265,395
File size:
24 MB
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Meet the Author

Matt Stone, Editor of Motor Trend Classic magazine and Senior Editor of Motor Trend magazine, has been an automotive journalist and photographer since 1985. He serves as their history, auto design, and motorsport expert and is a member of SPEEDtv’s Barrett-Jackson Auction broadcast team. He has authored several books for Motorbooks, including 365 Cars You Must Drive (2006), McQueen's Machines: The Cars and Bikes of a Hollywood Icon (2008) and Winning: The Racing Life of Paul Newman (2009). A California native, Stone resides in Glendale, California.

 

Preston Lerner, a regular contributor to Automobile Magazine, has written about motorsports for publications ranging from Sports Illustrated to The New York Times Magazine. He's the author of the race car marque history, Scarab, for Motorbooks, and one novel, Fools on the Hill. He also club-races a Spec Miata and Nissan 240SX with the SCCA and NASA.

 

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 is considered one of Paul Newman's closest friends.

 

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