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HOLLYWOOD, Feb. 3 /PRNewswire/ -- "Nobody's Fool" star Paul Newman will compete in the 33rd Rolex 24, the 24-hour sports car endurance race at Daytona International Speedway on Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 4-5. Newman will be a member of the Roush Racing team. Roush's lead car will be numbered "70," in honor of Newman's participation and his age.

The race is the opening event of the International Motor Sports Association's Exxon World Sports Car Championship and Supreme GT Series. After a one-year absence at the event, Roush Racing, which won the top GT class in the Rolex 24 for nine straight years 1985 to '93, is returning with a Ford Mustang Cobra similar to the car that won in Roush's last appearance at the race.

Newman finished 26th overall in the 1979 Rolex 24, driving a Dick Barbour Racing Porsche Turbo. The actor, who began sports car racing in the mid-'70s, initiated the Rolex program with Roush. Through the late '80s he was a regular competitor in the SCCA Trans-Am Series. Newman is a four-time winner of the Sports Club of America National Championship, GTI Class, Road Atlanta. He has also taken part in the 24-hour Le Mans race, in which he and his teammates came in second.

In addition to Newman, the Roush Racing team's driving lineup includes 1993 IMSA GTS driving champion Tommy Kendall; Roush's NASCAR Winston Cup Series driver Mark Martin, who has driven on three Rolex 24 class-winning teams; and racer/journalist Mike Brockman.

Practice and front row qualifying for the 33rd Rolex 24 begins on Thursday, Feb. 2. Final practice and qualifying will be Friday, Feb. 3. The race will begin at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 4. The Rolex 24 is an annual twice-around-the-clock test of man and machine against the clock and the demanding 3.56-mile Daytona road course.

Newman was named Best Actor of 1994 by the National Society of Film Critics as well as the New York Film Critics Circle for "Nobody's Fool." A Hollywood veteran whose career spans four decades, Newman is one of the film industry's most beloved stars. A seven-time Academy Award nominee, Newman received a special honorary Oscar in 1985 and a Best Actor Oscar the following year for his performance in "The Color of Money." The films for which he was Oscar-nominated include "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof," "The Hustler," "Hud," "Cool Hand Luke," "Absence of Malice" and "The Verdict." Last year, he received the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

In "Nobody's Fool," North Bath, N.Y. is a hard-luck town, and nobody in the place has had harder luck than Donald "Sully" Sullivan (Paul Newman). At 60 years old, Sully is a construction worker with no steady work, no love, no money. He does have an estranged dysfunctional family, a cretin for a best friend, and a mangled kneecap that is refusing to heal. He also has an acrid sense of humor that has enabled him to laugh through 60 years' worth of the dead-end life he's been leading.

Now Sully finally may have a chance to turn things around and piece his world and his family back together. Most of the eccentric locals of North Bath are betting against him, including his occasional employer Carl Roebuck and Carl's attractive, frustrated wife (Melanie Griffith). But his eighth-grade teacher Miss Beryl (Jessica Tandy), who is now his landlady, thinks her former student may have one last glimmer of potential left in him.

Paul Newman, Jessica Tandy, and Melanie Griffith star in Paramount's "Nobody's Fool," based on the recently published novel by Richard Russo. Robert Benton ("Kramer vs. Kramer," "Places in the Heart") is director/screenwriter. Scott Rudin and Arlene Donovan are the producers, and Michael Hausman is executive producer of the presentation of the Motion Picture Group of Paramount Pictures in association with Capella International.

MPAA-rated R, "Nobody's Fool" is presented in Dolby Stereo at selected theaters. Read the Vintage book. Soundtrack album available on Milan CDs and cassettes.

Paramount Pictures is part of the entertainment operations of Viacom Inc.
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