CHAMPCAR/CART: Carl Haas nominated for AARWBA award

Newman/Haas Co-Owner Carl Haas Nominated as Newsmaker of the Half-Century by AARWBS Organization. INDIANAPOLIS (September 17, 2004) -- The winningest active car owner in the Bridgestone Presents The Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford and...

Newman/Haas Co-Owner Carl Haas Nominated as Newsmaker of the Half-Century by AARWBS Organization.

INDIANAPOLIS (September 17, 2004) -- The winningest active car owner in the Bridgestone Presents The Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford and one of the most successful owners in all of auto racing, Newman/Haas Racing co-owner Carl Haas long ago made his lasting impression on the world of motorsports.

The American Auto Racing Writers and Broadcasters Association (AARWBA), many of whose members have extensively covered Haas' exploits, has recognized the contributions of the venerable team owner by naming him as one of 50 nominees for the organization's 'Newsmaker of the Half-Century' award.

"I am honored to be included in this distinguished group of individuals and I am proud that my love of motorsports is being recognized in this fashion." Haas said.

Haas, who started in the sport as a driver back in the mid-1950s, has 79 Champ Car wins, 85 poles and four series championships as an owner and currently campaigns cars for the top two drivers in the 2004 Bridgestone Presents The Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford, Sebastien Bourdais (#2 McDonald's Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone) and Bruno Junqueira (#6 PacifiCare Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone). Along with his many years in Champ Car, Haas has also fielded teams in NASCAR Winston Cup and Can-Am, and was the lone American entrant in the Formula 1 World Championship in 1985-86.

Nineteen of the 50 nominees for the award made their marks in Champ Car racing, including all-time Champ Car pole position leader Mario Andretti, all-time victory leader A.J. Foyt, and former series champions Rick Mears, Danny Sullivan, Al Unser Jr., Johnny Rutherford, Al Unser Sr., Bobby Unser, Michael Andretti and Rodger Ward. In addition, Champ Car luminaries such as Dan Gurney, Parnelli Jones, Mark Donohue, Andy Granatelli, Jim Hurtubise, Roger Penske George Bignotti and Jim Hall are also nominated for their many contributions to the sport.

AARWBA, which is well-known in auto-racing circles for its All-America team that honors top drivers from all disciplines of the sport, plans to honor the Newsmaker of the Half-Century as part of its 50th anniversary celebration in 2005. The Champ Car World Series today announced that it would be a corporate sponsor of the AARWBA 50th anniversary celebration, which will be celebrated at a number of events throughout the 2005 racing season.

The 50 nominees will be pared down to 12, with those 12 being announced at the AARWBA All-American team banquet January 15 in Pomona, California. The 12 finalists will then go before another vote of AARWBA members with the winner to be announced later in the 2005 season.

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