Paul Newman, Danica make news

October 7, 2008
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newmanThe helmet that Graham Rahal wore during the Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio is up for auction on the online auction site eBay. This one-of-a-kind helmet was designed as a tribute to Paul Newman and commissioned by the Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing driver. It was signed by Newman and Rahal along with Troy Lee, who designed the helmet.

The helmet features a collage of some of Newman’s most famous movie posters including The Hustler, The Sting, The Long Hot Summer, Cool Hand Luke, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Slap Shot and Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.

Proceeds from the auction, which runs through Oct. 13, will benefit Flying Horse Farms, a camp for children with serious illnesses and a provisional member of the Association of Hole in the Wall Camps, which was founded by Newman in 1988. Flying Horse Farms will open in 2010 in Mt. Gilead, Ohio, 15 miles from Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.

In other IRL news, Business Week magazine has cited Danica Patrick as one of the 100 most influential people in sports. Patrick, who won her first IRL race last season at Japan, ranks 50th in the list topped by golfer Tiger Woods. She is the highest-ranked woman on the list.
  • How you could even think to put Danicle & PLN in the same article, much less same headline, is beyond reproach. Is this the junk we should expect in the future?

    One is a joke, one is a legend above reproach.
  • Be nice to Paul, he was a good man. So dahooey, does it hurt so much to see Danica get accolades? Are you a chauvinist or just anti IRL. She is the most successful woman in open or closed wheel racing, like her or not, she is a major force in motor racing.


    Do you have the rest of the list or a link to it? It would be interesting to see where other local stars, Tony Stewart, Peyton Manning etc.... rank.
  • Easy, big fella. Easy.
  • Did Paul Newman and Tony George ever bury the hatchet?
  • Indyman: You must be joking. Danicle is the most successful woman in open or closed wheel racing, like her or not, she is a major force in motor racing. Did you reaqlly say that? Looky here: She MIGHT be a major advertising gimmick, and successful in THAT field, but to say she is a major force in racing? LMFAO. She's got ONE win in several years in ICS, and that was a Gimme from Honda at MoNtegi. She is the princess of pout. Her team cannot stand her, and she is only at AGR because she brought along all her sponsors, thus buying the ride.

    PLN has done more for humanity, racing, and entertainment than that whiny flat chested snot could ever dream of.

    And yes, PLN spoke to TG in a unification meeting last fall, so I guess you could say he buried the hatchet. Doesn;t mean he respects they guy, or condones his actions.

    And yes, I am a hater. Free country and all....
  • So dahooey, tell me what female is more successful in open or closed wheel racing? Who is more identifiable? Who has more recognition? She has the it factor that all sports are looking for. NASCAR tried to create female stars and failed. The WNBA has not been able to create one of her level. You may not like her, but you have to admit she is successful. Not a bad thing for the IRL. And if you think she is the only driver that is hated by their team, think again. There are a lot of prima donna drivers.
  • You are talking about marketing personalities, not successful driving careers. She makes Jenson Button look like a superstar. :lol:

    And you are saying she is successful in a small potatoes market - notably the IRL, which is a .05 TV rating on a good day blip on the radar screen of sports. You cannot even begin to compare her to REAL drivers. Let's see how she does in a series of cars that aren't stab the pedal and let the barn doors stick you to the pavement, rinky dink oval series. Wonder how she would do in F1? NASCAR? ALMS? GP2? ANYTHING but Indycar. The luster will wear off soon, and she will be racing's equivalent to the pet rock.

    Again, my point was this: Why sully up a nice PLN piece with the mention of Danicle? the 2 are in no way related.
  • Where can I bid on the helmet?
  • Jim, you are clearly a big irl fan.

    The first sentence of the article states:
    The helmet that Graham Rahal wore during the Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio is up for auction on the online auction site eBay.

    Have you heard of ebay?
  • Danica falls rather short of the most successful woman in racing, with multi championships not to mention races- Shirley Muldowney.

    It is interesting that Sarah consistently wins more fans and publicity with much less track time than her arguably more successful competition. Could it have something to do with personality?

    PLN was a great racer (competing at 80!), humanitarian and only incidentally, movie star.
  • Let's all try to be civil and adhere to positives. For those that simply want to rant and run people down, may I suggest doing so elsewhere?

    Paul Newman and Danica Patrick are linked only by the venue they chose to be involved with. To say that either one is a loser because of that venue implies the other is as well. NOTHING could be further from the truth.

    Anthony, may I suggest that we add another to the no longer welcome list? Da Hooey seems to qualify.
  • Oh geeze....Berwickguy, who died and made you king?

    looky, here is my point: Danicle is an overhyped, undertalented marketing personality that has done little for mankind other than stimulate the fantasies of men lacking in female companionship. She is neither a gracious driver (win or lose) and is also known for her temper tantrums and blame-placing (especially among her supporting crews). How do I know all this? I know several on the AGR team, and I know many who have been the vitim of her rants up and down pit row. She is a gimmick and will soon be shown as that as her career slides into oblivion.

    So I disagree with some here, so I should be banneded? Isn't verbal debate and opinion what this baord is for?
  • Da Hooey,

    All you seem to care to do is rant, criticize and focus on the issues that you don't want to let go of. Are you entitled to your opinions, yes. But you always offer them as fact. You don't have all the answers. Perhaps there are members of AGR that believe in DP as well as there are those that get tired of her. We all have our deficiencies, but you seem to take great glory in your opportunity and ability to run people down. We all should spend more time in giving praise instead of criticism and rants. I'm up for that, are you?
  • No. :lol:
  • The Great Paul L Newman and DaniSkank mentioned in the same article....Sad..really really Sad!
    I miss Paul a great deal....The other posur...Not at all.
    To anyone that thinks that Princess Permapout can even be compared to far more talented female drivers like Shirley Muldowney, Angel Savoi/Sampey or even Ashley Force, should give their collective heads a shake....these ladies, and I do mean ladies, not puffed up prima donna, spoiled rotten, bitchy, poorly talented pinheads like Princess Permapout kick some serious butt in or on vehicles MUCH more difficult to drive than an FTG Crapwagon.

    R.I.P. will be missed forever...whereever you are racing up there...keep the shiney side up and the rubber side down.

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