Veteran actor Paul Newman is preparing to race again - despite his car accident earlier this month (JAN05).

Newman, who turned 80 yesterday (26JAN05), will participate in the ROLEX 24 on 5-6 February (05) at Florida's Daytona International Speedway.

Just over two weeks ago, Newman escaped injury when the car he was driving caught fire. But he will return to the cockpit of the same car on the same track for the Rolex 24. Newman, an accomplished sports car racer, has appeared in five previous Rolex 24s, winning the GTS-1 class and finishing third overall in 1995.

This time, he will share the No 79 FORD CRAWFORD in the 24-hour endurance race with CHAMP CAR WORLD SERIES champion drivers CRISTIANO DA MATTA and SEBASTIEN BOURDAIS, as well as friend MICHAEL BROCKMAN.

And Newman may elect to let his younger teammates, da Matta and Bourdais, do most of the driving.

He says, "I get to log a sleeping shift. The rest of it will be up to the (other) drivers. I try to get about 23, 23 and a half hours of sleep."

27/01/2005 02:40