The world knows Paul Newman as an Academy Award winning actor with a fifty-plus year career as one of the most prolific and revered actors in American Cinema. He was also well known for his philanthropy; Newman’s Own has given more than four hundred and thirty million dollars to charities around the world. Yet few know the gasoline-fueled passion that became so important in this complex, multifaceted man’s makeup. Newman’s deep-seated passion for racing was so intense it nearly sidelined his acting career. His racing career spanned thirty-five years; Newman won four national championships as a driver and eight championships as an owner. Not bad for a guy who didn’t even start racing until he was forty-seven years old.
Paul Newman, known and beloved as a Movie Star, was yet humble and as “down to earth” as anyone in that strata can be. Yet he discovered relatively late in life a passion for driving and racing cars. At an age when most all top drivers are retired, he began. Instant miraculous success did not happen, and his beginning was the slow laborious process it is for non-prodigies (though aided by focus). But he had that special fuel, passion, and he used that fuel to power himself to success on large stages in the world of motorsport. This is his story. Thanks to Adam Carolla, you can share the ride, along with some great contemporaries. Highly recommended.