Title-winning Newman/Haas Indy cars to be auctioned by Sotheby’s

Indy cars raced by Mario Andretti, Michael Andretti, Nigel Mansell, Cristiano da Matta and Sebastien Bourdais are among several artifacts of the legendary Newman/Haas Racing team to be auctioned by RM Sotheby's in October.

1991 Newman Haas Racing Lola-Chevy of Michael Andretti

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

Founded by Carl Haas and legendary film actor Paul Newman, with Carl’s wife Bernie Haas also helping to run the operation day to day, the team racked up 108 Indy car wins – in CART, Champ Car and IndyCar – between its debut in 1983 and its withdrawal 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, as used by Mario Andretti to open NHR’s winning account, and a Telemundo-backed Dallara-Honda as raced by Oriol Servia to fourth in the 2011 championship.

In between 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 form what is currently branded the NTT IndyCar Series, the 2007 Panoz DP01-Cosworth of Sebastien Bourdais represents not only the final title-winning car of the Champ Car World Series, but also the final title – though not the final victory – of the legendary Newman/Haas team.

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

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

For those without the room in their garage for vehicles, there is 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 Sotheby’s auction of these Newman/Haas Racing artifacts is set for Oct. 29.

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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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