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Racing community shares thoughts about enthusiast Newman

Updated: September 27, 2008, 6:29 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

KANSAS CITY, Kan. -- Jimmie Johnson remembered Paul Newman as a great friend of the sport -- and a pretty fast driver.

"I have been out on numerous days where he has driven Cup cars," the two-time Cup champion said. "Normally, Rick [Hendrick] has a play day and puts a restrictor plate on the car and lets guys go out and drive around with half the horsepower. Numerous times, Paul has gone out on sticker tires, the plate off and run really quick laps. I was always so impressed with his driving ...

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