‘Hurley’ documentary tells the story of famed driver’s life on and off the track

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The past couple of years have brought us some excellent racing documentaries with McLaren, Ferrari: Race to Immortality, and the Netflix Formula 1 doc among the standouts. Coming later this month could be another, called “,” about American sports car racer Hurley Haywood. His racing resume includes two titles at the 12 Hours of Sebring, five Rolex 24 at Daytona wins, and three overall wins at Le Mans. Haywood was already trouncing competition at 20 years old in 1968 when he got drafted and sent to Vietnam. He did a tour in 1970, returned to the United States and won the IMSA GT Championship in 1971 and 1972.

Haywood began working on his autobiography in 2014. Two years later, director Derek Dodge launched a Kickstarter campaign to direct a movie about Haywood, an all-American guy graced with such good looks and charm that Penthouse magazine sponsored him. Actor-turned-racing-driver Patrick Dempsey, who’d raced for the same Brumos Porsche team Haywood had raced for and helped run, came on as executive producer.

The resulting film is as much about Haywood’s career as it is about the secret that Haywood kept during that career, that he is gay. He opened up about it first in the autobiography Hurley: From the Beginning, released last year. The will be the first time Haywood’s talked about his personal on camera, his frankness encouraged by an encounter he’d had with an interviewer a few years ago.

The trailer looks good, and why wouldn’t it? Here’s a guy who raced almost all of the essential Porsches that helped create modern idolatry of the German carmaker, and helped build the legendary Brumos Porsche brand. And pans of the 962 down the Mulsanne Straight are always worth it. The movie begins streaming on demand March 26.



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