It was a morning just like any other.
I was minding my own business, researching Ryan Newman stats and drinking my morning coffee when I stumbled upon something super interesting.
Legendary film star and humanitarian Paul Newman was heavily involved in NASCAR and auto racing in general and used to drive race cars competitively -- doing so as recently as nine years ago, before his death in 2008.
Perhaps it's blind ignorance on my part that I was unaware of this, but I felt that this is worth sharing for anyone else who didn't realize the Academy Award-winning actor was just as comfortable on black asphalt as he was on the silver screen.
Newman competed in four NASCAR Rolex Grand-Am Sports Car Series events from 2000 to 2005, with his final start coming at the age of 80 (80!). In the 1995 24 Hours of Daytona at 70 years and 8 days old, he won in his class and became the oldest driver to be part of a winning team in a major sanctioned race.
Yes, the Oscar-winner for best actor in "The Color of Money" was just as successful in a completely different walk of life. Paul Newman was superhuman. (And have you tried his pineapple salsa?)
He also narrated the 2007 film "Dale," which chronicled the life and career of NASCAR Hall of Famer Dale Earnhardt.
A pair of tweets sent out Thursday morning then netted an even cooler find, after Richard Childress Racing's Manager of Digital and Social Media Jeff O'Keefe got involved and promised what was sure to be an awesome Throwback Thursday photo.
Paul Newman's last race? He was 80-years-old.— Pat DeCola (@Pat_DeCola) May 8, 2014
O'Keefe didn't disappoint.
Richard Childress! With Paul Newman! And five-time Sprint Cup Series winner Dave Marcis!
The picture shows the trio in the Cup garage at a race in the late 1990s and is just the coolest.
So congrats to RCR on winning Throwback Thursday this week.