Hollywood actor Paul Newman has escaped serious injury after a sports car he was testing caught fire at Florida's Daytona Beach racetrack.

The 79-year-old OSCAR-winning star fled the vehicle after flames appeared from the engine compartment following his attempt to restart after spinning on a turn.

Racing car enthusiast Newman says, "I don't know what happened. I'm fine. It just caught fire somehow."

Organisers THE GRAND AMERICAN ROAD RACING ASSOCIATION comment, "Newman made his way out of the car, was taken to the track's infield medical centre for precautionary measures and was released."

09/01/2005 14:51