Celebration of Life for Former Rolex 24 Winner Brockman Set for Sunday in Connecticut
Monday, December 2, 2019

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Michael Brockman was a Rolex 24 At Daytona winner, an actor, a stuntman, a soldier, a journalist and a car dealership owner in his 74 years.

Brockman, who passed away in October, also was a longtime friend and colleague of another actor and racer, Paul Newman.

Newman and Brockman co-drove to the GTS-1 class victory in the 1995 Rolex 24 At Daytona alongside future Hall of Famers Tommy Kendall and Mark Martin in the No. 70 Roush Racing Ford Mustang. Ten years later, Brockman and Newman reunited at Daytona for the final time, co-driving the No. 79 Ford Crawford in the 2005 Rolex 24 with Cristiano da Matta and Sebastien Bourdais, who both won Champ Car titles driving for Newman-Haas Racing.

Off the racetrack, Brockman partnered with Newman and was a member of the Board of Directors for Camp Boggy Creek. A proud charity of IMSA, Camp Boggy Creek is located not far from Orlando in Eustis, Florida.

Brockman and Newman worked together on the silver screen, too. As an actor and stuntman, Brockman appeared in films starring Newman such as 1984’s “Harry & Son,” “Fat Man and Little Boy” (1989) and “Road to Perdition” (2002).

Of course, the Newman relationship is only a part of Brockman’s story. He was a nuclear weapons specialist in the U.S. Army in the 1960s and graduated from the University of Central Florida in 1975.

After that, he went to Los Angeles and became the Road Test Editor for Motor Trend Magazine and began racing professionally in 1979. Brockman eventually moved to Connecticut where he became the father of two children and was the owner of Mazda of Milford, where a celebration of his life will be held this Sunday, Dec. 8 from 2 to 6 p.m.

Donations in Brockman’s memory also may be made to Camp Boggy Creek via boggycreek.org.