Carl Haas
Carl A. Haas is an American
United States
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 auto racing
Auto racing
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 impresario. He co-owned the Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing
Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing
Newman/Haas Racing was a motor racing team competing in the IndyCar Series. The team operations were based in Lincolnshire, Illinois. Newman/Haas Racing was formed when actor Paul Newman and long-time racer Carl Haas, competitors in the Can-Am championship, each began looking to Champ Car racing...

 team in the IndyCar Series
IndyCar Series
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 with the late Paul Newman
Paul Newman
Paul Leonard Newman was an American actor, film director, entrepreneur, humanitarian, professional racing driver and auto racing enthusiast...

 and Mike Lanigan
Mike Lanigan
Michael "Mike" Lanigan is an entrepreneur and IndyCar Series team owner.Lanigan founded a division of his father's company, Mi-Jack Construction Equipment in Indianapolis in 1973. In 1989 he returned to his hometown of Chicago to become president of the company. The company produces rubber-tire...

. He also owned Carl A. Haas Motorsports, which competed in the NASCAR
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 Nationwide Series, as well as the Haas Lola
Haas Lola
Team Haas Ltd. was an American Formula One team founded by Carl Haas and Teddy Mayer in 1984, which competed in the World Championship from to . The project was funded by Beatrice Foods and helped the team enter an agreement to use Ford engines for three seasons...

 Formula One
Formula One
Formula One, also known as Formula 1 or F1 and referred to officially as the FIA Formula One World Championship, is the highest class of single seater auto racing sanctioned by the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile . The "formula" designation in the name refers to a set of rules with which...


Born in Chicago
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, Haas began racing sports cars in 1952 and won numerous races driving Ferrari
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s, Porsche
Porsche Automobil Holding SE, usually shortened to Porsche SE a Societas Europaea or European Public Company, is a German based holding company with investments in the automotive industry....

s, MGs
MG (car)
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, and Jaguars
Jaguar (car)
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. He retired from driving in the early 1960s in order to focus more on team ownership and other racing-related businesses.