Winning is a 1969 American motion picture starring Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward. A number of racecar drivers and people associated with racing appear in the film, including Bobby Unser, Tony Hulman, Bobby Grim, Dan Gurney, Roger McCluskey, and Bruce Walkup.
The film centers on professional racecar driver Frank Capua and his wife Elora (Newman and Woodward, who were married in real life). Frank spends too much time in the garage, pushing Elora into the arms of Newman's main rival on the track, Luther Erding (Robert Wagner).
Paul Newman as Frank Capua,
Joanne Woodward as Elora Capua,
Robert Wagner as Luther Lou Erding,
Richard Thomas as Charley Capua,
David Sheiner as Leo Crawford,
Clu Gulager as Larry the Mechanic,
Barry Ford as Bottineau,
Karen Arthur as Miss Dairy Queen,
Bobby Unser as Himself,
Tony Hulman as Himself,
Bobby Grim as Himself,
Dan Gurney as Himself,
Roger McCluskey as Himself,
Harry Basch as The Stranger,
Lou Palmer as Indianapolis Interviewer,
Robert Quarry as Sam Jagin,
Robert Shayne as Well-Wisher at Indy Victory,
Maxine Stuart as Miss Redburne's Mother,
Bruce Walkup as Driver No. 1,
Eileen Wesson as Miss Redburne,
During preparation for this film, Newman was trained for the motorsport by drivers Bob Sharp and Lake Underwood, at a race track high performance driving school--which sparked Newman's enthusiasm for the sport and led to his participation as a competitor in sports car racing during the remainder of his life. He would eventually launch the much successful Newman/Haas Racing with his long time racing competitor and friend Carl Haas winning more that 100 races and 8 Drier's Championships in IndyCar Series.
The film includes footage taken at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the legendary 2.5 mile track. Most of the footage is from the 1968 race. The accident during the first green flag is from the 1966 race.
The film earned an estimated $6.2 million in rentals in North America.
The film score was by Dave Grusin, and the original soundtrack album was issued on Decca Records. The opening moments of the film's theme, "500 Miles," was used by WEWS-TV in Cleveland in the 1970s and 1980s as the theme for their Million Dollar Movie.