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Carl Haas, one of the men behind the highly successful Newman/Haas Racing team and numerous other motorsports entities, passed away last week at the age of 86, reports Racer. Haas passed away at home with his family after a long illness.

Haas had also struggled with Alzheimer’s in his later years. The Haas family announced his passing on the Carl Haas Automotive website today.

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Haas started racing in 1952, starting off a successful career by winning ten races at the Milwaukee Mile and one of the earliest races at Road America, according to the family’s statement. He started in business as a result of racing in Europe, establishing Haas Auto Imports to distribute several lines of race cars and parts.

Haas helmed programs in Formula One, Can-Am, NASCAR, IndyCar and CART in a career of team ownership spanning 40 years, with his teams winning 16 championships, per Racer. One of his teams, Newman/Haas Racing, became one of the most successful teams in IndyCar and CART history after Haas decided to team up with Can-Am rival and actor Paul Newman.

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Haas also spent 10 years running the Milwaukee Mile racetrack, three years running the Houston Grand Prix, served on the board of directors for Road America, and also served as a board member and eventually the chairman of the Sports Car Club of America.