Winning: The Racing Life of Paul Newman

Synopsis: Feature length documentary chronicling the 35 year racing career of Paul Newman -- Showcasing Newman's prolific racing career as both a driver and an owner. As a driver Paul Newman won four SCCA National Championships, 24 Hours of Daytona, took true second at Le Mans (winning his class) and won multiple professional Trans Am races. Newman also owned Newman/Haas Racing with Carl Haas. Together with drivers Mario Andretti, Michael Andretti, Sebastien Bourdais and others, they were one of the most prolific Indycar teams in history, winning 8 Championships. Newman lived and breathed racing -- This is his story.
Director(s): Adam Carolla, Nate Adams
Production: FilmBuff
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83 min

You see, it was the Oscars.

People vote.

They say, "him," or, "her."

Don't hand me any of that crap.

In this, it isn't, "we vote,

and it's him and her."

You either cross the finish line


and it's either him or her.

How do people in show

business regard his racing?

I'm not sure they know he races.

Technically, I mean,

he was really a good driver.

He wanted to be looked

at as a driver,

Not as an academy award winner,

but as a man who was involved

with his heart and soul in racing.

He loved the big cars.

He loved the horsepower.

That was his thing.

He just wanted to go fast.

Racing became his passion,

and he went for it.

Paul Newman is going

to be the "C" production

1979 national champ.

The margin of victory...

6.3 seconds

between first and second.

I was born in January of 1924.

My brother came along 1 year,

3 days, and 10 hours later.

We grew up in a suburb

of Cleveland, shaker heights.

We were very close.

If somebody was picking on

my brother, I'd be there.

And I can remember Paul

stepping in on a couple

of occasions or more.

Most of our friends had the use

of cars before Paul and I did.

Dad never felt that that was

an essential thing,

even when we went to college,

we were in the service,

came back out of the service.

Did we have our own car?


And there is the checkered flag

for 500 winner Mario Andretti.

I met Paul Newman in 1967.

It was Bridgehampton,

Long Island... Can-Am race.

I was driving this car

that was called "the honker,"

and on race morning,

there's a big "Paul Newman"

on front of the car.

I saw Paul Newman is sponsoring.

All of a sudden,

there's Paul Newman and Joanne,

and I was totally starstruck.

Immediately, I invited him

to go in the cockpit,

and he was very taken with

all the gadgets and everything.

And then I took him for a ride.

And Bridgehampton is one

of those elevation tracks

and narrow, blind corners.

And, I mean,

it's really easy, sort of,

to impress somebody quickly.

And I noticed that, you know,

he was sort of white-knuckling.

I, quite honestly, think

that captured his imagination.

In 1968, I was cast with Paul

to do this film, "Winning."

All I want from you is to come

in first.

Both of us?

They wanted to have us be able

to drive on the tracks

with cameras mounted on the cars

so it looked like

we were really involved.

He's in trouble.

He seems to be out of gas

and heads for the pits.

And in order to do that,

we both had to be race drivers.

We had to learn

how to drive automobiles.

So we were sent

to the Bob Bondurant

School of Driving.

I'm Bob Bondurant here at Sears

Point International Raceway

and the Bondurant School.

Well, the studio called me

and said they were gonna

make this really good

movie... racing movie.

So Paul and Robert

came down to the school.

I said, "so, Paul, how come

you wanted to do this movie?"

He said, "I had two other movies

I could make a lot more money on,

but I always wanted to see

if I could drive a race car."

When he heard

about the Bondurant school,

He was eager to jump into it.

You know, one

of the greatest rewards

about having my own driving

school is being able to teach

other people how to learn

to drive better.

I think it was always

inside him somewhere, you know?

When he got involved in something,

he really turned it over.

He really investigated it.

He looked at every aspect of it.

And every aspect, I think,

that he looked at in the world

of racing was something

that attracted him.

And I took Paul with me

and teach how to do an oval,

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Nate Adams (born Nathaniel Adams on March 29, 1984) is an American professional freestyle motocross rider and extreme sports athlete. A resident of Temecula, California, he attained national fame when he won the Freestyle Motocross World Championship in 2002. more…

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