- Carl Haas
Carl A. Haas (born
February 26, 1930) is an American auto racingimpresario. He co-owns the Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racingteam in the IndyCar Serieswith film actor Paul Newmanand Mike Lanigan. He also owned Carl A. Haas Motorsports, which competed in the NASCAR Nationwide Series, as well as the Haas Lola Formula Oneteam.
Chicago, Haas began racing sports cars in 1952 and won numerous races driving Ferraris, Porsches, MGs, and Jaguars. He retired from driving in the early 1960s in order to focus more on team ownership and other racing-related businesses. In 1967, he became the exclusive U.S. importer for Lola cars and helped the company attain national prominence in the racing world. His own company, Carl A. Haas Auto Imports, is involved in racing distribution deals, notably for Hewland gearboxes.
During the 1970s, Haas entered race teams in various series, including
Formula 5000, the Can-Am Series and the Super Vee series. His Can-Am drivers included Peter Revson, Jackie Stewart, and David Hobbs. His Super Vee driver, Eddie Miller, won the series title. In 1985, he ran the Haas Lola Formula Oneteam, using a chassis built by FORCE. He also co-owned a NASCAR Winston CupSeries team with Travis Carterfor eight seasons.
In 1983, Haas joined hands with actor
Paul Newmanto form Newman/Haas Racing, a team in the Championship Auto Racing Teams (CART) Series. The team won its first CART title with motorsports legend Mario Andrettithe next year, and went on to win three more series championships for the team. After that, Mario's son Michael Andrettiwon in 1991, former Formula 1 World champion Nigel Mansellin 1993, and Brazilian Cristiano da Mattain 2002. Following the bankruptcy of CART, Newman/Haas has won in the successor series to CART, the Champ Car World Series, with Sébastien Bourdaisin 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2007.
He also has participated in race promotion. He served on CART's Board of Governors until the body folded in 2003, and retired as chairman of the
SCCAPro Racing Division in 2001. He also chaired the Board of the SCCA for a record four terms until his retirement in 1996. Haas is also a member of the Board of Directors at Road America.
Overall, Haas' teams have won 11 championships in three decades.
USA Todaycalled him one of the "most powerful men in the history of auto racing."
Haas lives in
Lake Forest, Illinoiswith his wife, Bernadette.
* [http://www.champcarworldseries.com/Teams/Team.asp?ID=12 Newman/Haas Racing Profile @ Champ Car World Series website]
* [http://www.grandprix.com/gpe/cref-11740.html Carl Haas Bio @ GP Encyclopedia]
* [http://www.fittipaldionline.com/current_season/nhr.shtml Newman/Haas Racing Profile @ Fittipaldionline.com]
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