Paul Newman to Play Most Humbling Role Ever

Paul Newman has won an Academy Award and been nominated ten times. He has garnered the respect of his peers and the American public. Nearly all that Newman touches turns to gold, including his line of foods, his racing team, and Joanne Woodward. (Not everything, of course: see the Kevin Costner clunker Message in a Bottle. Actually, don’t.)

Paul Newman races

Newman has rarely been forced to demean himself with shameful roles. Unfortunately for him, he now faces the hardest role of his life: kissing IRL CEO Tony George’s posterior. That’s why he has reached out to fans of the Indianapolis 500, begging them to come back to the track after the open-wheel merger of the IRL and his beloved Champ Car last winter. Read more…

Breaking: Yes. Does Anyone Care Anymore? No.

SPEED TV reports this afternoon that “after 12 years of warring that cost open-wheel racing much of its sponsorship, audience and momentum, common sense has finally prevailed.

Danica Patrick photo SI

Indy Racing League and Champ Car have officially, and mercifully, agreed to become one entity. A press conference could come as early as Wednesday.” Read more…