Newman/Haas Racing

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Newman / Haas Racing
Owner(s) Carl Haas
Base Lincolnshire, Illinois, United States
Series IZOD IndyCar Series
Career
Debut 1983 Kraco Dixie 200
Latest race 2011 IZOD IndyCar World Championships
Drivers' Championships 8
Race victories 107
Pole positions 109

Newman/Haas Racing (NHR) was a motor racing team competing in the IndyCar Series. The team operations were based in Lincolnshire, Illinois. Newman/Haas Racing was formed when actor Paul Newman and long-time racer Carl Haas, competitors in the Can-Am championship, each began looking to Champ Car racing in 1982. The two decided to join forces for 1983, with Mario Andretti as the team’s driver. Since then, the team has won 105 Champ Car races, as well the drivers championship in 1984 with Mario Andretti, 1991 with Michael Andretti, 1993 with rookie Nigel Mansell, 2002 with Cristiano da Matta and the 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2007 championships with Sébastien Bourdais. From 2007 until May 2010[citation needed] Mike Lanigan became a partner in the company, resulting in the change of team name for that time. In 2011, Carl Haas announced that the team would not run in the IndyCar Series in 2012 due to the economic climate.[1]

Champ Car World Series[edit]

Nigel Mansell driving for the team in 1993.

NHR was the most successful team that was active as of the 2007 Champ Car World Series. Since the team's inception in 1983, its drivers have won eight championships. The first four championship crowns came in Champ Car's predecessor series, CART with Mario Andretti in 1984, Michael Andretti in 1991, Nigel Mansell in 1993 and Cristiano da Matta in 2002. The four others, with Sébastien Bourdais in 2004, 2005, 2006, and 2007, were Champ Car World Series titles. Newman/Haas Racing is also second overall in driver wins. The team has had many notable drivers over the years, including Mario Andretti, Michael Andretti, Nigel Mansell, Paul Tracy, Cristiano da Matta, Sébastien Bourdais, Justin Wilson, and Graham Rahal.

In 2005, Newman/Haas Racing fielded two cars in the Champ Car World Series. The drivers were Bruno Junqueira and Sébastien Bourdais, the eventual champion. Junqueira was injured in a crash during the 2005 Indianapolis 500, however, and was replaced in the cockpit by Oriol Servià.

Bourdais won four Champ Car titles with the team.

For 2006, Newman/Haas Racing fielded two cars in the Champ Car World Series. The cars were upgraded Lola B03-00 chassis, powered by Ford Cosworth engines with Bridgestone tires. The drivers were Sébastien Bourdais and Bruno Junqueira.

NHR earned its 100th Champ Car World Series win on June 10, 2007 as Sébastian Bourdais won the Portland Grand Prix by a margin of over 15 seconds.

After more than a decade of intense rivalry, Indy Racing League founder and CEO Tony George and owners of the Champ Car World Series agreed on February 22, 2008, to re-unify American open-wheel racing for 2008 and beyond. Newman/Haas Racing welcomed the news and confirmed their participation in the unified IndyCar Series in 2008 with Justin Wilson and Graham Rahal.

IndyCar Series[edit]

2008 season[edit]

The 2008 season started in the difficulty typical to all transitional teams, with Wilson struggling for pace on the high-speed Homestead-Miami Speedway. Graham Rahal in the Hole-In-The-Wall-Camps car was not able to run in the opening race after crashing heavily in testing at Homestead. Wilson drove a steady race to finish highly amongst the ex-ChampCar teams, but struggled to race the established IndyCar teams.

Fortunes changed dramatically for the powerful squad at round two on the streets of St. Petersburg in Florida. Wilson qualified strongly, and led most of the opening stint before being shuffled back in the chaotic stops onto slick tires as the track dried. Graham Rahal's crew, however, read the conditions perfectly, and filled him with just enough fuel to scrape to the end with a few safety cars. It came down to the final laps, when Rahal had just enough fuel to pull away from Helio Castroneves to take an historical win, becoming the youngest winner in the history of major open-wheel racing.

Round 3, the final Champ Car sanctioned event at Long Beach, was tough for NHR. Wilson was supreme in qualifying and took pole position. Running a strong second early on the race, his engine suffered a rare failure and was out. Rahal struggled, and after a spin mid-race, he crashed out on the final lap.

Round 17 of the season in Detroit brought the team their second win of the year with Justin Wilson standing at the top of the podium following a battle with Helio Castroneves through the latter half of the race. Wilson started 6th on the grid, after the first set of pitstops Wilson moved up to second on the road behind Castroneves and pressured him for the lead initially before falling back to a comfortable second. The second set of stops and a safety car brought Wilson back to contention, he again pressured Castroneves who blocked Wilson and was forced to give Wilson the lead by race control. Once in the lead Wilson managed to pull away, eventually winning by over 4 seconds.

After the Detroit race Wilson sits eleventh in the driver's standings with Rahal in seventeenth, with Wilson second in the rookie of the year standings and Rahal 45 points behind in fourth.

2009 season[edit]

Wilson's services were not retained by the team for 2009. He was replaced by former Champ Car driver Robert Doornbos on the team. Rahal shifted to Wilson's 02 car, and Doornbos took over the 06. Milka Duno tested a third car for the team before the season, but a full-season ride never materialized. McDonald's returned as primary sponsor of the 02, and as of Richmond the 06 began to carry McDonald's decals on its sidepods as well. On Tuesday 4 August, Doornbos announced that he had left the team with immediate effect. Subsequently Oriol Servià, who had previous substituted for the team for Bruno Junqueira in 2005, was announced as the driver of the 06 for the remainder of the 2009 series.

2010 season[edit]

Unable to find sponsorship for Graham Rahal's 02 car, Newman Haas released him and started the 2010 schedule with only one driver: Hideki Mutoh driving the 06 car coming from Andretti Green Racing. However Rahal returned to the team in the 02 car for the Honda Indy Toronto, finishing 5th. Rahal later found sponsorship for five more races.

2011 season[edit]

Newman/Haas started the 2011 series with one car, driven by Oriol Servià and sponsored by Telemundo.

Prior to the second race of the season, Newman/Haas Racing announced that Canadian James Hinchcliffe would drive for the team in the North American events of the 2011 IZOD IndyCar Series season including his debut in the 100th Anniversary Indianapolis 500 and events in his hometown of Toronto as well as Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

Sprott Inc., a leading independent asset manager based in Toronto, was the primary sponsor of Hinchcliffe’s car.

2012 season[edit]

Although Newman/Haas Racing initially planned to run the full 2012 IndyCar Series season, even going as far to buy two Dallara DW12 chassis, Carl Haas announced on December 1, 2011 that they would not run the season due to lack of sponsorship. Although they initially announced they would run the 2012 Indianapolis 500 with Jean Alesi, they later withdrew and Alesi went on the race in the Indianapolis 500 with Fan Force United. The team told press that they would try to return to the Indycar series for the 2013 season with two cars, but that failed to materialize.[2] As of May, 2013, the team's website and Twitter feed had not been updated in more than a year.

Drivers[edit]

Racing results[edit]

Complete CART / Champ Car World Series results[edit]

(key) (results in bold indicate pole position) (results in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Chassis Engine Drivers No. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20
1983 Lola T700 Cosworth DFX V8t ATL INDY MIL CLE MCH ROA POC RIV MDO MCH CPL LAG PHX
United States Mario Andretti 3 5 23 18 15 3 1 7 16 2 4 1* 2 2
1984 Lola T800 Cosworth DFX V8t LBH PHX INDY MIL POR MEA CLE MCH ROA POC MDO SAN MCH PHX LAG CPL
United States Mario Andretti 3 1* 20 17 8 26 1* 21 1 1* 19 1* 7 1 12 2 2
1985 Lola T900 Cosworth DFX V8t LBH INDY MIL POR MEA CLE MCH ROA POC MDO SAN MCH LAG PHX MIA
Australia Alan Jones 1 3
United States Mario Andretti 1* 1* 1 26 14* 10 7 7 15 21 11 3 27
3 2*
1986 Lola T86/00 Cosworth DFX V8t PHX LBH INDY MIL POR MEA CLE TOR MCH POC MDO SAN MCH ROA LAG PHX MIA
United States Mario Andretti 2 32
5 7 5 5 1 24 3 3 21 1 24 8 10 9 4 4 11
1987 Lola T87/00 Chevrolet 265A V8t LBH PHX INDY MIL POR MEA CLE TOR MCH POC ROA MDO NAZ LAG MIA
United States Mario Andretti 5 1* 5 9* 17 10 2 10 15 19 19 1* 17 19 17* 4
1988 Lola T88/00 Chevrolet 265A V8t PHX LBH INDY MIL POR CLE TOR MEA MIC POC MDO ROA NAZ LAG MIA
United States Mario Andretti 6 1* 15 20 17 5 1 25 2 12 17 2 3 3 3 15
1989 Lola T89/00 Chevrolet 265A V8t PHX LBH INDY MIL DET POR CLE MEA TOR MCH POC MDO ROA NAZ LAG
United States Mario Andretti 5 8 18 4 7 3 25 2 20 26 3 5 7 7 8 2
United States Michael Andretti 6 4 2 17 2 13* 6 18 18* 1 1* 3 3 6* 5 7
1990 Lola T90/00 Chevrolet 265A V8t PHX LBH INDY MIL DET POR CLE MEA TOR MCH DEN VAN MDO ROA NAZ LAG
United States Michael Andretti 3 20 4 20 5* 1* 1* 25 1* 2 15 5 20 1* 1 5 3
United States Mario Andretti 6 4 5 27 21 25 2 4 24 6 3 4 3 2 5 4 26
1991 Lola T91/00 Chevrolet 265A V8t SFR LBH PHX INDY MIL DET POR CLE MEA TOR MCH DEN VAN MDO ROA NAZ LAG
United States Michael Andretti 2 14 16 4 1* 19 1* 1 16 1* 14* 3 1* 1* 1* 3* 1*
10 2*
United States Mario Andretti 6 17 19 9 7 3 7 5 6 15 2 4 15 4 7 3 5 3
1992 Lola T91/00
Lola T92/00
Ford XB V8t SFR PHX LBH INDY DET POR MIL NHA TOR MCH CLE ROA VAN MDO NAZ LAG
United States Michael Andretti 1 17* 10 16 13* 4* 1* 1* 2 1* 18 2 4 1* 21* 2* 1*
United States Mario Andretti 2 7 17 23 23 6 6 7 4 15 5 5 6 5 5 2
Italy Teo Fabi 6
1993 Lola T93/00 Ford XB V8t SFR PHX LBH INDY MIL DET POR CLE TOR MCH NHA ROA VAN MDO NAZ LAG
United Kingdom Nigel Mansell 5 1 Wth 3 3 1 15 2 3 20 1* 1 2 6 12 1* 23
United States Mario Andretti 6 4 1 18 5* 18 3 6 5 8 2 20 15 5 7 13 9
1994 Lola T94/00 Ford XB V8t SFR PHX LBH INDY MIL DET POR CLE TOR MCH MDO NHA VAN ROA NAZ LAG
United Kingdom Nigel Mansell 1 9 3 2 22 5 21 5 2 23 26 7 18 10* 13 22 8
United States Mario Andretti 6 3 21 5 32 14 18 9 27 4 18 10 19 11 16 25 19
1995 Lola T95/00 Ford XB V8t MIA SFR PHX LBH NAZ INDY MIL DET POR ROA TOR CLE MCH MDO NHA VAN LAG
Canada Paul Tracy 3 27 1 4 28 26 24 1 8 18 2 8 26 23 2 23 8 2
United States Michael Andretti 6 20* 9* 2 9 22 25 3 4 4 27 1* 7 25 19* 2 21 4
1996 Lola T96/00 Ford XD V8t MIA RIO SFR LBH NAZ 500 MIL DET POR CLE TOR MCH MDO ROA VAN LAG
United States Michael Andretti 6 9 22 19 7 1* 23 1 1 11 19 22 22 3 1 1* 9
Brazil Christian Fittipaldi 11 6 5 5 21 9 12 6 2* 3 7 7 10 7 16 3 10
1997 Swift 007.i Ford XD V8t MIA SFR LBH NAZ RIO GAT MIL DET POR CLE TOR MCH MDO ROA VAN LAG FON
United States Michael Andretti 6 1* 3 22 2 21 11* 2 2 8 23 4 21 8 26 16 27 19
Brazil Christian Fittipaldi 11 26 28 4 6 11 16 21 4 9 21 9
Brazil Roberto Moreno 24 14 18 25 10 5
1998 Swift 009.c Ford XD V8t MIA MOT LBH NAZ RIO GAT MIL DET POR CLE TOR MCH MDO ROA VAN LAG HOU SFR FON
United States Michael Andretti 6 1* 14 21 18* 5 2* 26 10 17 2 2 6 21 15 2 10 28 20 18
Brazil Christian Fittipaldi 11 4 25 26 11 21 11 DNS 17 26 11 16 25 13 3 14 9 27 3 7
Brazil Roberto Moreno 24
1999 Swift 010.c Ford XD V8t MIA MOT LBH NAZ RIO GAT MIL POR CLE ROA TOR MCH DET MDO CHI VAN LAG HOU SRF FON
United States Michael Andretti 6 2 5 7 6 26 1* 15 10 3 2 26 4 4 8 22 14 10 3 5 21
Brazil Christian Fittipaldi 11 9 3 5 7 3 9 6 14 12 1 3 8 7 25 3
Brazil Roberto Moreno 14 16 9 15 2
2000 Reynard 2Ki Ford XF V8t MIA LBH RIO MOT NAZ MIL DET POR CLE TOR MCH CHI MDO ROA VAN LAG GAT HOU SRF FON
United States Michael Andretti 6 22 14 9 1 6 2 13 4 4 1 2 2 8 19 12 14 20* 13 20 19
Brazil Christian Fittipaldi 11 7 18 5 11 11 9 19 3 17 17 14 DNS 3 15 4 10 12 6 15 1
2001 Lola B01/00 Toyota RV8F V8t MTY LBH NAZ MOT MIL DET POR CLE TOR MCH CHI MDO ROA VAN LAU ROC HOU LAG SRF FON
Brazil Cristiano da Matta 6 1* 2 10 25 25 7 10 7 15 4 19 10 6 20 26 3 6 20 1 1
Brazil Christian Fittipaldi 11 20 24 5 4 18 5 3 11 12 18 25 8 18 11 19 24 8 9 8 13
2002 Lola B02/00 Toyota RV8F V8t MTY LBH MOT MIL LAG POR CHI TOR CLE VAN MDO ROA MTL DEN ROC MIA SFR FON MXC
Brazil Cristiano da Matta 1 8* 11 2
6 1* 8 13 11 1* 1* 1* 1* 16 12 13 1 2 3 2 1*
Brazil Christian Fittipaldi 11 3 13 12 4 2 13 14 3 12 13 2 6 7 5 17 2 11 7 15
2003 Lola B02/00 Ford XFE V8t STP MTY LBH BRH LAU MIL LAG POR CLE TOR VAN ROA MDO MTL DEN MIA MXC SFR
Brazil Bruno Junqueira 1 3 5 3 2 4 17 2 4 3 3 2 1* 13 13 1* 9 7 15*
France Sébastien Bourdais 2 11 17 16 1* 1* 9 17 14 1 4 3 2 5 19 2 17 2 17
2004 Lola B02/00 Ford XFE V8t LBH MTY MIL POR CLE TOR VAN ROA DEN MTL LAG LSV SFR MXC
France Sébastien Bourdais 2 3 1* 18 1* 1* 1* 5 3 1 15* 8 1* 2 1*
Brazil Bruno Junqueira 6 2 2 6 2 2 18 4 15 3 1 2 2 1 2
2005 Lola B02/00 Ford XFE V8t LBH MTY MIL POR CLE TOR EDM SJO DEN MTL LSV SRF MXC
France Sébastien Bourdais 1 1* 5 6 2 5 5* 1 1* 1 4* 1 1* 17
Brazil Bruno Junqueira 2 3 1
Spain Oriol Servià 3 16 3 2 2 3 4 1 2 5 4
2006 Lola B02/00 Ford XFE V8t LBH HOU MTY MIL POR CLE TOR EDM SJO DEN MTL ROA SRF MXC
France Sébastien Bourdais 1 1* 1 1* 1* 3 18 3 2* 1* 7 1* 3* 8 1
Brazil Bruno Junqueira 2 15 10 10 15 4 2 8 15 17 2 12 2 6 4
2007 Panoz DP01 Cosworth XFE V8t LSV LBH HOU POR CLE MTT TOR EDM SJO ROA ZOL ASN SFR MXC
France Sébastien Bourdais 1 13 1* 1* 1 12 2* 9 1* 5 1* 1* 7 1* 1*
United States Graham Rahal 2 17 8 2 9 8 7 11 3 6 3 3 9 11 4

Complete IndyCar Series results[edit]

(key)

Year Chassis Engine Drivers No. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19
2004 G-Force GF09B Honda HI4R V8 HMS PHX MOT INDY TXS RIR KAN NSH MIL MCH KTY PPIR NAZ CHI FON TXS
Brazil Bruno Junqueira 36 5
2005 Panoz GF09C Honda HI5R V8 HMS PHX STP MOT INDY TXS RIR KAN NSH MIL MCH KTY PPIR SNM CHI WGL FON
Brazil Bruno Junqueira 36 30
France Sébastien Bourdais 37 12
2008 Dallara IR-05
Panoz DP011
Honda HI7R V8
Cosworth XFE V8t1
HMS STP MOT LBH KAN INDY MIL TXS IOW RIR WGL NSH MDO EDM KTY SNM DET CHI SRF2
United Kingdom Justin Wilson 02 15 9 19 9 27 7 27 12 7 25 18 11 3 24 9 1 11 12
United States Graham Rahal 06 1* 13 12 33 25 11 10 18 8 12 16 26 25 8 13 19 9
2009 Dallara IR-05 Honda HI7R V8 STP LBH KAN INDY MIL TXS IOW RIR WGL TOR EDM KTY MDO SNM CHI MOT HMS
United States Graham Rahal 02 7 12 7 31 4 22 11 3 13 20 7 5 8 21 5 3 11
Netherlands Robert Doornbos 06 11 9 12 28 14 11 15 9 9 23 9 19
Spain Oriol Servià 11 6 7 4
United Kingdom Alex Lloyd 40202 8
2010 Dallara IR-05 Honda HI7R V8 SAO STP ALA LBH KAN INDY TXS IOW WGL TOR EDM MDO SNM CHI KTY MOT HMS
United States Graham Rahal 02 5 20 9 10 8 10
Japan Hideki Mutoh 06 20 14 15 13 23 28 12 20 12 12 17 18 17 13 17 14 20
2011 Dallara IR-05 Honda HI7R V8 STP ALA LBH SAO INDY TXS MIL IOW TOR EDM MDO NHA SNM BAL MOT KTY LSV
Spain Oriol Servià 2 9 5 6 5 6 21 15 3 14 12 22 8 2 11 2 5 6 C
Canada James Hinchcliffe 06 24 4 9 29 20 19 6 9 14 15 20 4 7 24 15 4 C
1 Used at 2008 Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach.
2 Non-points-paying, exhibition race.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Cavin, Curt (December 26, 2011). "Farewell, Champions". AutoWeek 61 (26): 80. 
  2. ^ INDYCAR: Newman/Haas Working On Two-Car Return In 2013 Marshall Pruett for speedtv.com, May 03, 2012.

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