MP 267: Hurley Haywood, My Racing Life and Career
With the publication of his autobiography, American racing legend Hurley Haywood has opened chapters of his life that were largely kept private in a professional career that spanned 1969-2012.
In his return to the Marshall Pruett Podcast, Haywood brings us inside his fascinating midwestern upbringing, how being drafted into the Vietnam war halted his momentum as a sports car driver and altered his outlook on life, the role Peter Gregg and Brumos Racing played in his development, and Gregg’s battle with mental health issues that eventually led to suicide.
Outside of his well-known championships and successes at Daytona, Sebring, and Le Mans, Haywood’s unique forays into IndyCar, IROC, and Trans-Am are discussed, and the decision to speak publicly for the first about his sexuality in Hurley: From The Beginning closes the 90-minute conversation.
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