We lost Paul Newman five years ago today


Paul Newman’s day job was acting. His passion was car racing. And today marks five years since the silver screen icon and legendary team owner passed away.

Newman’s racing career was founded after his work in the 1969 movie “Winning,” which featured the famous line “Everybody goes to Milwaukee after Indy.”

Still, Newman caught the racing itch and embarked on a wildly successful career as a GT and Trans-Am driver beginning in the 1970s. His home track, Lime Rock Park, was the site of countless victories. Newman was one of the inspirations for Patrick Dempsey, whose four-part documentary series concluded last week chronicling his own and his team’s trip to Le Mans.

Newman and Carl Haas got together in the early 1980s and set up what became one of North America’s strongest teams for nearly three full decades. Their IndyCar program, with Mario Andretti, starred from its first year in 1983, and the team won more than 100 races and several championships.

Newman died this day in 2008, only a month after the team’s final victory, secured by Justin Wilson at Detroit Belle Isle Park. The team closed after 2011 due to a lack of sponsorship.

Besides his racing career, Newman’s philanthropic work was also something to appreciate. He founded the Hole in the Wall Camps – now called SeriousFun Children’s Network – and also, his Newman’s Own line of products was a direct revenue source into that charity. He was dedicated to helping children and lived out his passion.

We can only hope to match the level of class Newman exuded throughout his life, and always remember him on this day.

Takuma Sato’s likeness revealed on Borg-Warner Trophy (PHOTOS)

Photos; Walt Kuhn
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INDIANAPOLIS – Rather than the traditional December unveil, this year’s reveal newest likeness added to the Borg-Warner Trophy came Tuesday at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum.

Takuma Sato got to see the result of the sculpting done by William Behrends and then turned from wax, clay and ceramic into sterling silver on Tuesday evening, as the winner of the 101st Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil saw his face revealed on the trophy.

Sato took the No. 26 Ruoff Home Mortgage Honda for Andretti Autosport to the win in thrilling fashion this year over Helio Castroneves, denying the Brazilian his fourth Indianapolis 500 victory in the process. It atoned for his near-miss in 2012, driving for Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing, the team he’ll return to in 2018.

It’s been a whirlwind last week-plus for Sato, doing the podium interviews at the Japanese Grand Prix, reflecting on his Indianapolis 500 triumph, then sharing the victory spoils with another Japanese pilot in Yoshihide Muroya, who won the Red Bull Air Race World Championship at Indianapolis this weekend.

Photos of Sato’s face on the most unique trophy in sports are below. This post will be updated following tonight’s full unveil. (All photos: Walt Kuhn)