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Newman/Haas drivers, family pay tribute to late Carl Haas

CART Grand Prix of Mid-Ohio

LEXINGTON, OH- AUGUST 10: Newman-Haas Racing co-owner Carl Haas smokes his cigar as one of his two drivers Christian Fittipaldi (in background) waits for his qualifying run for the CART Grand Prix of Mid-Ohio, round 11 of the CART (Championship Auto Racing Teams) Fed Ex Championship Series, at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course on August 10, 2002 in Lexington, Ohio.(Photo by Robert Laberge/Getty Images).

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At a memorial and celebration of life in Lake Forest, Ill., not far from Carl Haas Automotive’s base in Lincolnshire, Ill., past Newman/Haas Racing drivers, staff and family paid tribute to the late Carl Haas, who died in June this year.

An automotive titan and pioneer, Haas’ success came in several areas - both as a businessman and a team owner - before falling into poor health in his final years. The team last raced in 2011 in the Verizon IndyCar Series, when Oriol Servia finished an impressive fourth place in points and James Hinchcliffe was rookie of the year.

Mario Andretti, who won Newman/Haas Racing’s first CART championship in 1984 and was instantly linked with the team upon his return to U.S. racing, posted the below photo on Twitter yesterday:

From left to right, the drivers include Brian Redman, Christian Fittipaldi, David Hobbs, Oriol Servia, Cristiano da Matta, Andretti, Bruno Junqueira, Michael Andretti and Sebastien Bourdais.

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