Paul Newman joins Petit Le Mans at Road America

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BRASELTON, Ga. (September 25, 2000) -- Actor Paul Newman, an accomplished racing driver, has joined the field for Saturday's Petit Le Mans sports car endurance race at Road Atlanta. Newman will reunite with former team owner Dick Barbour and ...

BRASELTON, Ga. (September 25, 2000) -- Actor Paul Newman, an accomplished racing driver, has joined the field for Saturday's Petit Le Mans sports car endurance race at Road Atlanta.

Newman will reunite with former team owner Dick Barbour and will co-drive a Porsche 911 GT3 R in the Petit Le Mans, a race for the American Le Mans Series. Newman will share driving with Randy Wars and Mike Brockman in the event, which will cover 10 hours or 1,000 racing miles, whichever comes fist.

Newman first drove for Barbour in 1979, which is when the acclaimed thespian switched from amateur racing to professional competition. Co-driving with German Rolf Stommellen, Newman won class in the 1979 24 Hours of Le Mans, and finished second overall in the event.

"I have the utmost respect for his racing ability," said Barbour, whose team will field three cars in the Petit Le Mans. "He loves racing at Road Atlanta because it's one of his favorite tracks. He's looking forward to racing here again."

The Barbour team, which is headquartered at Road Atlanta, has won six of the eight American Le Mans Series races this year in the GT class. Dirk Mueller and Lucas Luhr will drive one of the other two Barbour machines, while Sascha Maassen and Bob Wollek will pilot the other.

The Petit Le Mans, Presented by Audi, will be televised live on Speedvision beginning at 12:30 p.m. Saturday. The race can also be heard on the ALMS Radio Web at www.petitlemans.com.

Ticket information is available at 1-800-849-RACE, or online at www.roadatlanta.com.

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