77 lots on offer at Sotheby's 'The House that Newman/Haas Racing Built'

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77 lots on offer at Sotheby's 'The House that Newman/Haas Racing Built'


77 lots on offer at Sotheby's 'The House that Newman/Haas Racing Built'


As writer Marshall Pruett first reported back in August, one of the world’s largest collections of Indy cars and racing memorabilia will be up for auction on October 29 by the international RM Sotheby’s company.

1983 Lola-Cosworth T700 – The first car run by Newman/Haas Racing

With an overall record of 108 wins and eight championship-winning seasons, the Newman/Haas Racing team was once in the top-tier of Indy Car teams. Fielding superstars Michael and Mario Andretti, Nigel Mansell, and Sébastien Bourdais, the team founded by Carl Haas and Paul Newman dominated both the CART and Champ Car series between 1983 and 2011, and forever changed the history of motorsport.

Now, the private team plans its most public outing in years—an international auction hosted by RM Sotheby’s of Newman/Haas Racing’s race-proven chassis and many artifacts from its rich history.

Without a doubt the most famous and longest-lasting collaboration in Haas history was when he joined forces with Paul Newman to create Newman/Haas Racing in 1983. Fierce competitors in the Can-Am era, the team owner and actor/driver shared a goal of rising to the top of the IndyCar leaderboard. The driving force pushing the team on was Mario Andretti, an enduring, 44-year-old veteran and a tireless competitor.

At the wheel of a Lola-Cosworth Ford, Andretti scored six first-place victories for the fledgling Newman/Haas equipe after notching six pole positions, and went on to win the 1984 CART PPG Indy Car World Series.

Mario was not to be the only Andretti to drive for Newman/Haas: In 1991, in Michael Andretti’s second year with the team, he won the Indy Car World Series. Known for giving the second generation of many noteworthy drivers their first shot at racing on a grand stage, Newman/Haas also was the first to field Emerson Fittipaldi’s nephew Christian, as well as Bobby Rahal’s son Graham.

The success continued in 1993, when Haas managed a miracle, signing Nigel Mansell away from F1 after his incredible season with Williams. After winning five races outright, Mansell took home the PPG Indy Car World Series trophy after the penultimate race, becoming the only person in history to have won back-to-back championships in F1 and Indy car.

2007 DP01-Cosworth that Sébastien Bourdais piloted en route to his fourth IndyCar championship

Haas’ skill as a talent scout did not stop there. Nine years later, after seven races and seven pole positions, upstart racer Cristiano da Matta became the 2002 Indy Car world champion. One year later, the most-awarded driver in Champ Car history, Sébastien Bourdais, started his ascendency for the Newman/Haas team. The result was historic, with Bourdais taking home the championship four years in a row, from 2004 to 2007. The Champ Car format itself folded the following year, meaning Bourdais’ record will never be broken.

The house that Haas built still stands strong today. Once the largest importer of race cars and components on the North American continent, Carl Haas forever altered the racing fabric in the U.S. Now, the artifacts of Haas’ success are offered to the public for the first time—race-proven chassis and related memorabilia that tell the story of dedication from every member of the Newman/Haas team and an undeniable pattern of victory.

The auction will be held at the Carl A. Haas Automobile Imports race shop in Lincolnshire, Illinois.

Admission to preview on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 28-29, is $40 per person. Admission to the auction is for registered bidders and qualified media only.

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