Ray Deitrich

Fri Oct 18 2013 14:35:37 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)

You may know him as the man from the salad dressing bottles, but Paul Newman was one of America’s most beloved actors and was a pretty good driver to boot. Around the same time that Steve McQueen was entering in desert races, Newman was getting involved with various forms of motorsport. Radio personality, comedian, podcaster and car enthusiast Adam Carolla is now working on a documentary to chronicle the actor’s racing years.

Carolla has been the host of the Man Show, a panelist on the Car Show, and is currently the host of the successful podcasts, The Adam Carolla Show and CarCast. He has a great following and a great love of cars. In fact, Carolla owns five of Newman’s past racecars. There may be no better person than Carolla to spearhead a documentary such as this.

According to Racer Magazine, the documentary will follow Newman’s ascension into the racing world, starting with Datsun 510s and “get into the Indy team stuff at the end, and cover everything in between,” said Carolla of the project.

Newman’s interest in racing started after completing the Watkins Glen Racing School to train for the 1969 film Winning. By 1979 he was competing in the 24 Hours of Le Mans at the helm of a Porsche 935. There was even Newman Freeman racing, which fielded a Can-Am car (pictured above). Newman was posthumously inducted into the SCCA Hall of Fame in 2009.

There is certainly a lot of material to cover regarding Newman’s racing career, and with the project set for completion early next year; we can’t wait to see how Carolla’s team covers it.