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The Verizon IndyCar Series announced on Thursday ahead of the Iowa Corn 300 this weekend the passing of legendary team owner Carl Haas who passed away at his home on June 29.
Haas ran his IndyCar team in partnership with former American actor turned racing driver Paul Newman. The team won a total of 107 races winning eight season championships. Speaking about Carl, Mario Andretti who drove for Newman Haas Racing from 1983-94 and won the 84 IndyCar championship commented by saying:
Carl had a heart of gold and a deep commitment to our sport. He earned the respect and admiration of his competitors and all those who drove for him through the years for being tenacious yet fair. In fielding teams in various series from SCCA to Formula One, Carl always sought the best equipment, the best drivers and the best team personnel. His legacy especially in Indy cars will be his phenomenal record of victories and championships, thanks in part to the great supporting cast I just mentioned. When I recall the joys of my whole career, I have to include my tenure at Newman/Haas because of the people. Spending 12 seasons with Carl and (wife) Berni and Paul Newman was amazing, triumphant, relentless work and heartwarming. All of it. The sport has lost a colorful character, but Carl Haas is unforgettable. He will always be an icon in motorsports and myself and so many others have lost a dear friend.
Andretti Autosport team owner Michael Andretti who had two spells with Newman Haas Racing from 1989-92 and 95-2000 commented by saying:
I am deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Carl Haas. Carl was an icon to our sport and the automotive industry, and I owe a great deal of my career’s success to my time with Carl and the Newman/Haas family. Paul and Carl built what was undoubtedly one of the greatest teams in history; I am truly honored to have been a part of the legacy they built.
Sebastien Bourdais who currently drives for the KVSH Racing team won all four of his CART championship with Carl Haas’ team from 2004-2007 and drove for Newman Haas Racing from 2003-07 commented by saying:
It is with great sadness that I heard the news of Carl’s passing. Back in 2002, Carl gave me the opportunity of a lifetime when he hired me to drive the second Newman/Haas Racing in CART for the 2003 season. He did so with no sponsor to run the car, and I will be forever grateful for the faith he placed in me. From 2003 to the end of 2007, the whole team became a real family to me, thanks to him, Berni and Paul, who had successfully assembled the best group of guys I ever worked with. Today, I can only feel privileged to have been able to contribute with poles, wins and championships to Carl’s racing legacy. My deepest condolences to Berni and their family. Carl, you will be dearly missed.
Indianapolis Motor Speedway J Douglas Boles commented by saying:
Carl Haas fielded cars for some of the best drivers in the world and his leadership and competitive spirit caused Newman/Haas Racing to become one of the most successful teams in our sport’s history. The Indy car community was fortunate to have his personality as part of its family and Mr. Haas’ legacy of excellence and winning will long be remembered.
Mike Lanigan current co owner of Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing and former co-owner of Newma/Haas/Lanigan Racing commented by saying:
As a partner of Carl’s for four years in INDYCAR, I got to know him as a generous and kind individual whose whole life’s purpose was racing. I have always had the respect for the man who achieved so much success on and off the track. He lived the American dream in starting his career under humble beginnings and achieved his accomplishments through hard work, long hours and determination. Isn’t that what this country is all about? He will be sadly missed, but never forgotten.
Chairman and CEO of IndyCar and Indianapolis Motor Speedway Mark Miles commented by saying:
All of us at INDYCAR and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway are saddened to hear of the passing of Carl Haas. His contributions to our sport were immeasurable and the success of Newman/Haas Racing solidifies his place as a legend in motorsports. We send our condolences to his family and friends during this difficult time.
Graham Rahal who drove for Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing from 2007-2010 and currently races for Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing commented by saying:
Carl Haas was one of the legends of our sport, a person whose passion for racing led his teams and businesses to amazing success over the years. I personally can’t thank Carl enough for giving me my first opportunity and introducing me to the sport I love. In his time, Carl was the boss of many of racing’s greatest drivers, and for me to get to work under him for those four years was some of the greatest times of my life. There weren’t many like Carl, and he will surely be missed.
Oriol Servia who drove for Newman/Haas Racing in 2005,09 and 2011 commented by saying:
Carl’s overwhelming success in racing as his legacy states was only matched by his genuine, passionate and peculiar character. I was lucky enough to drive for Carl in the three different seasons (2005, ’09, 11) and during those years all the conversations I had with him were priceless. He was loved and appreciated by everyone that ever worked for him. He had high loyalty standards and all his partnerships with manufacturers, sponsors, Paul Newman and with his long life partner and wife, Berni Haas, are a clear proof of it and should serve as an example to the rest of the racing and business community.