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The Checkered Flag Drops One Final Time

September 27, 2008

Actor, racer and humanitarian Paul Newman passed on last night after a long battle with lung cancer.

Anyone who visited the paddock of a Champ Car / Indy Car race had an opportunity to interact with Mr. Newman. He was always a fixture on Newman/Haas/Lanigan’s race wagon and often seen in the team’s garage chatting with mechanics about his team’s performance. He would often stop and talk with fans if approached, but would never sign autographs. That was a surefire conversation killer. So was asking about Hollywood and his movie career. Want to talk about how a Lola chassis is reacting to a Ford engine? He had all the time in the world.

Godspeed, Mr. Newman. They broke the mold when they made you. You will be missed.

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