Podcaster, author, filmmaker and former Man Show co-host Adam Carolla has been working on a documentary covering the racing career of actor Paul Newman, and the trailer looks absolutely fantastic.
The documentary covers Paul Newman’s racing career from his involvement in the 1969 movie Winning, from where the movie takes its title. By 1972, the racing bug had bitten Newman so hard that he launched a second career as a professional racing driver.
Adam Carolla’s interest in Newman and his racing exploits stems from his ownership of several ex-Newman, Bob Sharp Racing prepared Nissans, including a brutal IMSA 300ZX Turbo that Carolla campaigned at the Monterey Historics in 2013. Early in his comedy career, Carolla purchased a clone of one of the BRE-prepped 510 race cars and that got him interested in Pete Brock, Bob Sharp and Paul Newman.
Carolla also owns a BRE Roadster campaigned by Frank Monise, Bobby Allison’s Datsun 510 Coca Cola Car BRE, a 1979 280 ZX car that Newman drove, and an ‘89 or ‘90 Camaro that Newman drove that was also raced with an Oldsmobile Cutlass body. In his collection he also has a Bob Sharp Datsun 610 that never raced and was used solely as a display car, and a Bob Sharp Camel GT 260Z Pace Car.
On his podcast, Carolla mentioned that he’d approached the producers of the successful ESPN 30 for 30 documentary series about a Newman racing documentary, but he was turned down. He decided to do it on his own and release it through FilmBuff.
Carolla posted the trailer yesterday on his YouTube channel, and it looks fantastic. Along with footage from the period, the film features rare interviews with Newman on his racing, as well as new interviews with Robert Wagner, who starred opposite Newman in the 1969 film Winning, along with interviews with Jay Leno, Sam Posey and Mario Andretti.
Carolla attempted to get Tom Cruise involved in the documentary through a twitter campaign, but that appears to have been unsuccessful. Cruise and Newman starred in The Color of Money in 1986, during the height of Newman’s third career as a car owner with Carl Haas. Between 1983 and 2007, Newman/Hass won eight driver’s championships with competitors like Nigel Mansel, Mario Andretti and Michael Andretti behind the wheel.
Newman was a fixture at Lime Rock Park near his home in Connecticut until he died in 2008. He was posthumously inducted into the SCCA Hall of Fame in 2009.
The film’s official release date is May 22, 2015, and there’s a Hollywood Premiere on April 16th, 2015. Tickets and information available here. There’s also a website with more general information here.
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