Sat Aug 11 2012 14:41:45 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)
In 1972, Paul Newman drove a Lotus Elan to victory at a track in Thompson, Connecticut; In 1976 Paul won the first Sports Car Club of America national title and SCCA's President's Cup (the Top Honor); he turned professional in 1977. Then, get this one: In 1979, he raced the 24 Hours of LeMans, the most prestigious endurance race in the world. He captured second place, then won four SCAA titles that year! Steve McQueen would have been proud of Paul's win as a co-driver of "24 Hours of Daytona" driving a Ford Mustang GTS-class victory---becoming the oldest driver to win the race! Last year, his car caught fire at that same race and he escaped the burning car only to belt himself into the team's prototype car finishing 51st (due to mechanical trouble). At 80, he was the oldest to compete.