(July 10 will mark the 10th anniversary of this blog. As is my custom, I had planned a special posting for this occasion. That must wait. Carl A. Haas has died and that's where minds should be now. For those not aware, I first got to know Carl when I was CART's communications director. I then worked with Carl as a sponsor PR rep from 1984 (when we won the PPG Cup championship with Mario Andretti and Budweiser) through 1987. After a year away when my great friend Al Holbert asked me to come with him and work the Quaker State Porsche IndyCar program -- Al died in a private airplane crash that September -- I rejoined Carl as Newman/Haas Racing's PR director. We had two more championships, Michael Andretti in 1991 and Nigel Mansell in 1993, and I was there through the 1995 season. I see the Internet filled with various tributes to Carl -- and he should have tributes -- and I observe some to be less than the best and that's another thing to be sad about at this time. In January 2008 Carl made one of his last public appearances at the AARWBA All-America Team ceremony in Indianapolis. I was the event's chairman and asked Carl to attend as he would receive the Pioneer In Racing Award. So what I have decided to do here is share the text of my introduction and recap (remember, this was January 2008) of Carl's many accomplishments. A photo of Carl at the event is below. You can read more about Carl: http://www.haasauto.com/pages.php?pageid=7 . God Bless Berni Haas for her dedication in the role of Alzheimer's patient caregiver, something we had in common. I sure hope Carl and Paul Newman are once again enjoying each other's company and love of racing. Thank you Carl, Berni and Paul for allowing me to be a very small part of your historic racing success.)
AARWBA Remarks, January 2008:
On the morning of May 26, 1985, Carl Haas was featured on the cover of the Chicago Tribune’s Sunday magazine.