RM Sotheby’s Announces Newman / Haas IndyCar Collection Auction
Newman/Haas Racing was one of IndyCar’s standout teams in the 1980s, 1990s and 2000s. Many people, myself included, have fond memories of Kmart-Havoline Lolas in front of the CART or McDonald’s Dallara courts. do the same thing at Champ Car. In the team’s history, it has amassed 108 race wins and eight championships. Now, 39 of the team’s open-wheel drive cars as well as several other vehicles and memorabilia are being auctioned off. RM Sotheby’s claims it is “the largest collection of open-wheel racing cars ever put up for auction.”
The collection called “The House Newman/Haas Racing Was Built In” features a truly stellar selection of racing cars from the entire history of the team. In chronological order, the first title-winning IndyCar available was the Budweiser Lola-Cosworth T800 1984 #3. During the 1984 CART season, Mario Andretti won six races en route to his final IndyCar championship. .
The iconic black and white Kmart-Havoline Lolas from the 1991 and 1993 seasons are also on display. In 1991, the son of Mario and teammate Michael Andretti won more than half the race of the season and won the only CART championship of his career. During the 1993 season, Newman-Haas signed defending F1 champion Nigel Mansell and Mansell went on to win the CART title in his rookie season.
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The auction also features a broad selection of cars from the 21st century, including Cristiano da Matta’s championship-winning all-black #1 Chevron Lola-Toyota from CART’s penultimate season in 2002. Most impressively, there’s a complete collection of Champ Cars from Sébastien Bourdais’ period of dominance, the three McDonald’s Lola-Cosworth-Fords and the McDonald’s Dallara-Cosworth DP01 from each of four championship-winning seasons between 2004 and 2007.
There are also three IndyCars from the team’s final years in the newly-unified IndyCar Series, including the #02 McDonald’s Dallara-Honda IR-05 driven by the late Justin Wilson in 2008. The other two cars are the #2 and #06 Dallara IR-05s driven by Oriol Servià and then-rookie James Hinchcliffe in the team’s final season in 2011. This collection represents an arguable priceless swath of American motorsport history. The auction is scheduled to take place on October 29, 2022.