posted on Jan, 9 2005 @ 05:02 PM
Oscar-winning actor Paul Newman, 79, escaped from his burning racing car after it span on the track at the Daytona Beach circuit in Florida,
organisers said overnight.
Newman was unhurt in the scare, but was taken to the track's medical centre for precautionary checks, the Grand American Racing Association said.
Newman, an accomplished driver, was testing his Newman Racing Ford Crawford when it span on the track's second bend.
"The car did not make contact with any barriers, but as Newman attempted to restart the engine, flames appeared from the engine compartment at the
rear of the car," said the association's website.
The fire did not spread from the engine compartment and Newman jumped out of the car.
"I don't know what happened," Newman was quoted as saying after the medical check. "I'm fine. It just caught on fire somehow."
The racing association said a mechanical failure was the probable cause of the fire. Newman became interested in racing while filming the movie
Winning in 1968. He won the GTS class in the 1995 24-hour race at Daytona and has won four Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) championships.