Motor racing: Iconic team owner Carl Haas dies at 86,2016:binary_LOA000I53CT9B-STREAM:22.050:MP3 fmt:mpeg,2016:binary_LOP000I53CT9B-BASEIMAGE:960X540 fmt:jpegBaseline,2016:binary_LOP000I53CT9B-THUMBNAIL:160X90 fmt:jpegBaseline,2016:binary_LOP000I53CT9B-VIEWIMAGE:512X288 fmt:jpegBaseline,2016:binary_LOV000I53CT9B-STREAM:2000:16X9:MP4 fmt:H264/mpeg,2016:binary_LOV000I53CT9B-STREAM:300:16X9:FLV fmt:flashVideo,2016:binary_LOV000I53CT9B-STREAM:300:16X9:MP4 fmt:H264/mpeg,2016:binary_LOV000I53CT9B-STREAM:5128:16X9:MP4 fmt:H264/mpeg,2016:binary_LOV000I53CT9B-STREAM:512:16X9:FLV fmt:flashVideo,2016:binary_LOV000I53CT9B-STREAM:6756:16X9:MPG fmt:mpeg,2016:binary_LOV000I53CT9B-STREAM:700:16X9:FLV fmt:flashVideo,2016:binary_LOV000I53CT9B-STREAM:700:16X9:MP4 fmt:H264/mpeg,2016:binary_LOV000I53CT9B-STREAM:80:11X9:3G2 fmt:3gpp2MultimediaFile,2016:binary_LOV000I53CT9B-STREAM:80:11X9:3GP fmt:3gppMultimediaFile,2016:binary_LOV000I53CT9B-STREAM:8256:16X9:MP4 fmt:H264/mpeg

(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)

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