Legendary Newman/Haas Indy cars set for Sotheby’s auction

Newman/Haas Racing is arguably the only noteworthy team in the same breath as Team Penske and Chip Ganassi Racing, considering the greatest Indy car teams of the last 40 years.

Founded by Carl Haas and legendary film actor Paul Newman, with Carl’s wife Bernie Haas also helping to run the day-to-day operation, the team has racked up 108 Indy car wins – in CART, Champ Car and IndyCar – between his debut in 1983 and his retirement from racing at the end of the 2011 season.

And cars representing both ends of that spectrum are among the 78 lots that will go under the hammer – a 1983 Lola T700-Cosworth, used by Mario Andretti to open NHR’s winning account, and a Telemundo-backed Dallara-Honda, driven by Oriol. Serbia in fourth place in the 2011 championship.

In between are the Lolas who contributed to the Indy Car championship campaigns of Mario Andretti in 1984, Michael Andretti in 1991, Nigel Mansell in 1993, the CART Indy Car title for Cristiano da Matta in 2002 and the Champ Car titles for Sebastien Bourdais from 2004 to ’06. And since Champ Car merged with the Indy Racing League to form what is now the NTT IndyCar Series brand, Sebastien Bourdais’ 2007 Panoz DP01-Cosworth not only represents the last Champ Car World Series title-winning car, but also the final. title – but not the final victory – of the legendary Newman/Haas team.

Since Haas Automotive Inc. was the official distributor for Lola in the United States, Indy cars are mainly from Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire, UK, but in addition to Panoz Champ Cars and Dallara IndyCars there are also some Swift driven by Michael Andretti and Christian Fittipaldi.

There are sports cars – a Jaguar XK120 and an MG TC – as well as a gorgeous 750cc MV Agusta motorbike and a 2007 NASCAR.

For those who don’t have room in their garage for vehicles, there’s a Toyota 2.65 liter V8 Indy car engine on a stand, racing helmets from Mansell, Mario Andretti, Da Matta, Bourdais and Fittipaldi , and lots of trophies, racing suits, artwork and models.

The RM Sotheby’s auction of these Newman/Haas Racing artifacts is scheduled for October 29.

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1984 Newman Haas Racing Lola-Cosworth by Mario Andretti

Photo by: RM Sotheby’s

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