Carl Haas Dies

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Famous CART/IndyCar team owner, track operator, and businessman Carl Haas has passed away. He was 86 years old. This news was just released today despite his passing on Wednesday, June 29th.

Haas is most well-known for his part ownership of Newman/Haas Racing, one of the most successful teams in CART/IndyCar history, with Paul Newman, who passed away back in 2008. Mario Andretti, Michael Andretti, and Sebastien Bourdais are 3 of many legendary drivers to have driven in CART/IndyCar for the Newman/Haas Racing team.

The last time the Newman/Haas Racing team was a part of the IZOD IndyCar Series was in the 2011 season, when they had 2 cars driven by Oriol Servia and James Hinchcliffe. Servia placed 4th in that year’s championship, and Hinchcliffe placed 12th, good enough to earn him the Rookie of the Year award.

Despite being most well-know for his co-ownership of Newman/Haas Racing, Haas also ran the Carl A. Haas Motorsports team in the NASCAR Nationwide Series, the Haas Lola Formula One team in Formula One, and had cars in the Can-Am series. For 40 years, Haas was a team owner of many teams that won a combined 16 championships and 147 races.

Haas also spent 10 years as the head of the Milwaukee Mile and ran the Houston Grand Prix for 3 years. He also won 10 races driving at Milwaukee in the 1950s, and he won one of the 1st ever races at Road America, where the Verizon IndyCar Series just raced on Sunday, June 26th, 3 days before his passing.

Carl Haas leaves behind him a legacy that not many drivers or team owners can match. But, they can strive for it, and that may end up resulting in one of the modern-day stars of racing becoming the next great icon of the sport like Haas was and is.

-Asher Fair