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Winning: The Racing Life of Paul Newman

A documentary that traces the actor-turned-racer's love for the sport

by Katharine Erwin
on 08 May 2015
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Paul Newman appeared in 62 films and spent 50+ years as a respected and renowned actor, but his true joy was car racing. Newman the racer (and owner) is the subject of Adam Carolla's new documentary "Winning: The Racing Life of Paul Newman," a film based on Matt Stone's 2009 book of the same name, which explores Newman's racing career—which he began at 48 years old.

After making the film "Winning" in 1969, in which Newman starred as Frank Capua, an up-and-coming driver on the racing circuit, he found his calling and embarked on a 35-year career. While his first attempts were mediocre, Newman proved that passion and determination are what really matter. "I'm a slow study and I know it is going to take me a long time, but you can't quit because they are laughing at you," says Newman in an old recording featured in the documentary.

Using vintage footage of Newman racing everywhere from Lime Rock Park to Le Mans, the film weaves in interviews with Newman alongside snippets of highly regarded racers such as Sam Posey, Bob Sharp, Willy T. Ribs and Mario Andretti. Also featuring in the film are those who knew Newman—or shared his innate passion for automobiles—including his wife Joanne Woodward, Robert Redford and Jay Leno.

"Winning: The Racing Life of Paul Newman" releases today in a limited theater run, and will be available on demand 22 May.

Image courtesy of Indianapolis Motor Speedway

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