Motor racing: Iconic team owner Carl Haas dies at 86

Thu Jul 7, 2016 8:50pm EDT
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(Reuters) - Successful auto racing team owner Carl Haas, a former business partner with the late Hollywood actor Paul Newman, has died at the age of 86, his official website ( reported on Thursday.

Haas, whose teams won 16 championships and more than 140 races over four decades in Can-Am, Formula One, NASCAR and IndyCar, died at his home surrounded by family on June 29.

Scotland's Dario Franchitti, a four-time IndyCar Series champion, was among a host of big names in motor racing who paid tribute to Haas on Thursday.

Franchitti tweeted: "Rest in peace Carl Haas. A legendary owner, a hard business man with a heart of gold. Hilariously eccentric, we'll never see his like again."

Haas created and co-owned Newman Haas Racing with Newman and Mike Lanigan, a team that became one of the most successful in Indy Car from 1983-2011 where Mario Andretti spent the last 11 years of his illustrious racing career.

He previously ran a Formula One team during the 1980s and a NASCAR team in the 1990s while he operated the Milwaukee Mile race track and the Houston Grand Prix race from 1998-2001.

Haas, known for his love of cigars, earned him a place on the '50 Newsmakers of the Half-Century' list compiled by the American Auto Racing Writers and Broadcasters Association in 2004.

(Reporting by Mark Lamport-Stokes in Los Angeles; Editing by Frank Pingue)

Carl Haas (L) watches the delivery of partner Paul Newman May 24, 1996 as they pitch quarters while waiting out a light rain in the pits of Michigan International Speedway during preparations for the May 26 inaugural U.S. 500.  Reuters/John C. Hillery