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Title-winning Newman/Haas Indy cars to be auctioned by Sothebys

Newman/Haas Racing is arguably the only real team worth mention in exactly the same breath as Team Penske and Chip Ganassi Racing, when contemplating the best Indy car teams of days gone by 40 years.

Founded by Carl Haas and legendary film actor Paul Newman, with Carls wife Bernie Haas also assisting to run the operation daily, the team racked up 108 Indy car wins in CART, Champ Car and IndyCar between its debut in 1983 and its own withdrawal from racing by the end of the 2011 season.

And cars representing both ends of this spectrum are on the list of 78 lots which will go beneath the hammer a 1983 Lola T700-Cosworth, as utilized by Mario Andretti to open NHRs winning account, and a Telemundo-backed Dallara-Honda as raced by Oriol Servia to fourth in the 2011 championship.

Among are Lolas that 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 Champ Car titles for Sebastien Bourdais from 2004 through 06. And since Champ Car merged with the Indy Racing League to create what’s currently branded the NTT IndyCar Series, the 2007 Panoz DP01-Cosworth of Sebastien Bourdais represents not merely the ultimate title-winning car of the Champ Car World Series, but additionally the ultimate title though not the ultimate victory of the legendary Newman/Haas team.

Considering that Haas Automotive Inc. was the state Lola distributor in the U.S., the Indy cars are predominantly from the Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire, UK marque, but in addition to Panoz Champ Cars and Dallara IndyCars, additionally, there are Swifts as raced by Michael Andretti and Christian Fittipaldi.

You can find sports cars a Jaguar XK120 and MG TC in addition to a gorgeous 750cc MV Agusta motorcycle, and a 2007 NASCAR.

For all those minus the room within their garage for vehicles, there exists a Toyota 2.65-liter V8 Indy car engine on a stand, race-worn helmets from Mansell, Mario Andretti, Da Matta, Bourdais and Fittipaldi, and numerous trophies, race suits, artwork and models.

RM Sothebys auction of the Newman/Haas Racing artifacts is defined for Oct. 29.

For full information and photos, just click here.

1984 Newman Haas Racing Lola-Cosworth of Mario Andretti

1984 Newman Haas Racing Lola-Cosworth of Mario Andretti

Photo by: RM Sotheby’s

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