U.S. racing legend Carl Haas dies, aged 86

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U.S. racing legend Carl Haas dies, aged 86
David Malsher
By: David Malsher
Jul 7, 2016, 5:29 PM

Carl Haas, who founded one of America’s most iconic race teams, has passed away after a long battle with Alzheimers.

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A statement on Carl Haas Automobile Imports’ website read that “Carl Haas’ incredible journey came to a peaceful end on June 29, 2016, at his home that he loved, surrounded by family.”

Although Chicago-born Haas started off as a racecar driver, he sprung to true prominence when he became an importer of cars and parts from Europe – most famously Lola Cars from 1967 and Hewland gearboxes.

During the 1970s, Haas entered highly successful teams in Formula 5000 and Can-Am, but it was his 1983 partnership with Hollywood icon Paul Newman that made Newman/Haas a byword for success and synonymous with Mario Andretti’s post-F1 success in Indy car racing.

Andretti, his son Michael, Nigel Mansell, Cristiano da Matta and Sebastien Bourdais all racked up championship titles for Newman Haas Racing.

Following the U.S. open-wheel merger in 2008, Graham Rahal and Justin Wilson scored the final Indy car triumphs for this proud team, whose co-founder Paul Newman died at the end of that year.

The team’s final season of Indy car competition came in 2011.
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