Newman/Haas To Skip 2012 IndyCar Season
Newman/Haas Racing announced today that it will not enter cars in the 2012 IndyCar Series.
“The economic climate no longer enables Newman/Haas Racing to participate in open wheel racing at this time,” said Carl Haas, owner and co-founder of Newman/Haas Racing.
Newman/Haas Racing was formed when actor Paul Newman and long-time racer Carl Haas, competitors in the Can Am Series, each began looking to Indy car racing in 1982 under the Championship Auto Racing Teams sanctioning. They decided to join forces for 1983, with Mario Andretti as the team’s driver.
The team won series titles with Andretti (1984), Michael Andretti (1991), Nigel Mansell (1993), Cristiano da Matta (2002) and Sebastien Bourdais (2004, 2005, 2006 and 2007).
The team joined the IndyCar Series full time in 2008.
In September of the same year, co-owner Newman passed away.
The 2011 season marked the team’s 29th in open-wheel racing. The team field cars for Oriol Servia and James Hinchcliffe in 2011.No Comment