Thursday, May 24, 2012

05/24 Chad McQueen!

Chadwick Steven"Chad" McQueen (born December 28, 1960) is an American actor,film producer, martial artist and race car driver. He was born in Los Angeles,California to American actor Steve McQueen and Filipino actress Neile Adams.

Personal life
McQueen wasmarried to Stacey Toten from 1987 to 1990. Together they had one son, actor Steven R. McQueen, who is currently playing therole of Jeremy Gilbert inthe tv series The Vampire Diaries.Chad is also the stepbrother of producer and screenwriter Josh Evans(through his father's marriage to Ali MacGraw).

McQueen hasworked as a film actor for some time, appearing as Dutch in The Karate Kidand "The Karate Kid Part II",and many other roles including a role in the 1995 film New York Cop withMira Sorvino and in the action films "Red Line"and Death Ring. He has also worked as a producer, winning a Telly Award for hisdocumentary Filming at Speed. He has appeared on numerous television programsrelated to motorsports, including Hot Rod TV and Celebrity Rides.

Racing career
McQueen'sracing career began early as he piloted a Porsche 917 from his father's lap while shootingthe film Le Mans. Heteamed with Belgian racing legend Jacky Ickx and his daughter Vanina, piloting a trio of Porsche 959s restored by Porsche Motorsports forthe 2004 Goodwood event.
McQueen hascompeted in several types of racing from Motocross to the Baja 1000. At age 6, he won his class in theWorld Mini Grand Prix. In 2004, he qualified for the SCCARunoffs, winning multiple events. Racing for WesternesseRacing, he finished 4th.
In January2006, he was seriously injured (suffering a broken lower left leg, as well as apair of fractures to his vertebrae and multiple ribfractures) in an accident at the DaytonaInternational Speedway while practicing for the 24 Hours of DaytonaSports Car race. McQueen now says that his driving days are over. He returnedto Daytona during the 2007 Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona race to thank the medicsand track workers who he says saved his life.[1]
In November2007, he returned to the DaytonaInternational Speedway and got behind the wheel of the Brumos 1975Ecurie Escargot RSR, driving it in the exhibitions at the Rennsport ReunionIII.
In January2010, he started McQueen Racing LLC, a company which partners with leaders inthe motorcycle and custom car industries to create limited edition highperformance motorcycles and automobile transbrakes.


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