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Newman / Haas Racing
MarioAndretti1985Lola.jpg
Owner(s) Paul Newman
Carl Haas
Mike Lanigan
Base Lincolnshire, Illinois, United States
Series CART, IndyCar
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 was an auto racing team that competed in the CART series and the IndyCar Series from 1983 to 2011. The team operations were based in Lincolnshire, Illinois. Newman/Haas Racing was formed as a partnership between actor, automotive enthusiast, and semi-professional racer Paul Newman and long-time auto racing impresario Carl Haas. The duo were competitors in sports car racing during the 1970s and early 1980s, and in 1983, joined forces to enter the ranks of Indy car racing.

Newman/Haas was one of the most-successful teams in Indy car racing during the 1980s, 1990s, and 2000s. The team won 105 CART/Champ Car races and eight season championships. During the 1980s, and for the better part of the 1990s, the team was closely aligned with the Andretti family. In 1983, Mario Andretti signed as primary driver, an arrangement that would carry Andretti through the remainder of his career, until his retirement in 1994. Michael Andretti joined the team from 1989–1992 and again from 1995-2000. Both Mario and Michael won a CART championship driving for the team. Newman/Haas is also notable as the team for which Nigel Mansell competed in CART, winning the 1993 title.

Despite their many years of tremendous success in Indy car racing, and its status as an elite team in the sport, the team notably never achieved victory of any sort at the Indianapolis 500. Reflecting on the perceived Andretti curse, the team's best finish was only a second place by Mario Andretti (1985) and by Michael Andretti in (1991).

From 2007 to 2010 Mike Lanigan became a partner in the company, and the team became known during that time as Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing. After the 2011 season, Carl Haas announced that the team would not run in the IndyCar Series in 2012 due to the economic climate.[1] The team closed its doors, sold off its equipment, and Haas died in 2016.

CART / Champ Car[edit]

Mario Andretti in 1984

Newman/Haas was one of the most successful teams in the history of CART, its drivers winning eight championships and over 100 individual races. The team 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.

1983-1988[edit]

At its inception, the team was a single-car outfit, with championship veteran Mario Andretti hired as driver. Team co-owner Carl Haas brought in Lola as chassis manufacturer for the team, re-introducing the constructor to the sport. Haas spearheaded Lola's first full-time, full-scale assault on the Indy car market, and the car was quickly picked up by other teams. By the end of the decade, Lola would be one of dominating chassis manufacturers in the paddock, displacing March.

Andretti won two races in 1983, and finished a strong third in points for the first-year team. In 1984, Andretti won six races, nine poles, and scored a total of 10 top-ten finishes to win Newman/Haas's first CART season championship.

In 1985, Andretti started off with three wins and one second place in the first four races of the season. He became mired in a mid-season slump, and later suffered a broken collarbone, dropping him to fifth in points at the end of the season. While Andretti recovered from injury, Alan Jones drove one race in substitution. Andretti's second place at the 1985 Indianapolis 500 would tie for the team's best result in that event, but was widely overshadowed as a highly disappointing defeat. Andretti lost the race to Danny Sullivan in the famous "Spin and Win" moment.

In 1986, Andretti suffered a crash during practice at Indianapolis, forcing him to start in a back-up car. He dropped out and finished 32nd. Andretti went on to win two races, and finished 5th in points. For 1987, the team switched to the Ilmor Chevy Indy V-8 powerplant. Andretti won the season opener at Long Beach, the powerplant's first Indy car victory. Andretti won one other race, but suffered more disappointment than success, including another heartbreaking loss at Indy.

1989-1992[edit]

Michael Andretti in 1991

Newman/Haas expanded to a two-car team starting in 1989, adding Michael Andretti. The father and son duo of Mario and Michael Andretti excelled as one of the top teams on the Indy car circuit over the next few years. In their first season as teammates, father and son finished 6th and 3rd in points, respectively. Michael Andretti won the 1991 CART championship, and finished second in points in 1990 and 1992.

Starting in 1992, the team switched to the new Ford Cosworth XB engine.

Despite consistent success on the CART circuit, both Mario and Michael still failed to achieve victory for Newman/Haas at the Indy 500. Michael finished second in 1991, and dropped out while leading with 11 laps to go in 1992.

1993-1994[edit]

Nigel Mansell driving for the team in 1993.

Michael Andretti left the team to pursue an opportunity in Formula One for 1993. Michael was replaced by Nigel Mansell, who arrived on the CART circuit with much fanfare. In his rookie season, Mansell won five races and had ten top-3 finishes, clinching the 1993 CART title. Mario Andretti also returned to victory lane, winning what would be his final Indy car victory at Phoenix. Both Mansell and Andretti were strong contenders at Indy, but Andretti slipped to 5th due to a penalty, and Mansell was passed for the lead on a restart with only 16 laps to go.

The 1994 season much was more maligned for the team. While Mario Andretti was in his much-celebrated retirement year, he scored no wins and only three top five finishes. Mansell slumped as well, scoring no wins, and eventually left Indy cars at season's end to return to Formula One.

1995[edit]

Michael Andretti returned to the team, after an unsuccessful season in Formula One, and one season at Ganassi. Paul Tracy took over the second team car for one season. Andretti scored one win and a 4th place finish in points. Tracy scored two wins, and finished 6th in points. At the end of the season, the burgeoning open wheel "split" saw Newman/Haas firmly taking the side of the CART contingent. Tracy departed to go back to Penske

1996-2000[edit]

Michael Andretti and Christian Fittipaldi represented the team together for five season, with Roberto Moreno driving as an occasional substitute. Andretti won ten races during this period, finishing second in points in 1996, and continued to remain a top driver on the circuit. Fittipaldi scored two wins, and a best finish of 5th in points in 1996.

From 1997-1999, the team utilized the Swift chassis, but it did not prove to be very successful. The team went back to Lola in 2000.

Andretti parted ways with Newman/Haas after the 2000 season, in part due to the team's refusal to enter a car at Indianapolis of the rival Indy Racing League. Andretti joined Team Green for 2001, and eventually bought into the team, which is now known as Andretti Autosport.

Champ Car World Series[edit]

Bourdais won four Champ Car titles with the team.

Though many CART-based teams had switched over to the Indy Racing League by 2003, Newman/Haas remained in CART and later the Champ Car World Series. Sébastien Bourdais would dominate the series over the next several years, winning 31 races, 31 poles, and four consecutive Champ Car championship titles.

In 2005, Newman/Haas Racing fielded two cars in Champ Car. 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.

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

Newman/Haas earned its 100th CART win on June 10, 2007 when Sébastian Bourdais won at Portland.

Indy Racing League / IndyCar Series[edit]

2004[edit]

Though several CART-based teams had returned to the Indianapolis 500 beginning in 2000, Newman/Haas resisted a return to the race until 2004. While maintaining a full-time effort in Champ Car, the team entered singly at Indy with driver Bruno Junqueira. He was leading the race on lap 150, hoping to stretch his fuel and be leading the race when impending rain arrived - which could have given him the race victory. He was forced to pit, and finished 5th when the race was called on lap 180.

2005[edit]

In the team's second post-"split" attempt at the Indy 500, both team drivers Bruno Junqueira and Sébastien Bourdais were factors early on, but both drivers crashed out. The team would skip the 2006-2007 Indy 500 races.

2008[edit]

In the wake of the 2008 open wheel unification, the team transitioned from the Champ Car World Series to the IndyCar Series full-time. The team retained the services of drivers Justin Wilson and Graham Rahal. Like many of the transitional teams, Newman/Haas experienced mixed results getting up to speed compared to some of the established IndyCar counterparts, but did achieve two victories during the course of the season.

Justin Wilson led much of the race at St. Petersburg, and Graham Rahal ended up winning the race. At the final Champ Car race at Long Beach, both cars dropped out. A month later, both cars crashed out at the Indianapolis 500.

Late in the season Wilson won the race at Detroit, just weeks before the death of team co-owner Paul Newman. It was the team's 107th and final win in Indy car racing.

2009[edit]

Graham Rahal returned, but Justin Wilson was replaced by former Champ Car driver Robert Doornbos. Milka Duno tested a third car during the offseason, but a ride never materialized. Doornbos left the team in early August, and Oriol Servià finished out the season in the car.

2010[edit]

Unable to find sponsorship at the beginning of the season, Graham Rahal was released, and the team began the season with only one entry for Hideki Mutoh. Rahal rejoined the team later in the season at Toronto, finishing 5th. Rahal found sponsorship for five additional races.

2011[edit]

The team began the season with one car, driven by Oriol Servià. Prior to the second race of the season, James Hinchcliffe was added as a second driver for selected events, including Indianapolis.

2012[edit]

The team initially planned to run the full 2012 season, going as far as purchasing two Dallara DW12 chassis. However, before the season started, the team announced that they would not compete due to lack of sponsorship. After briefly entertaining a one-off entry for Jean Alesi at Indianapolis, they withdrew and sold off their cars to Fan Force United. A return in 2013 failed to materialize,[2] and the team formally disbanded.

Drivers[edit]

CART series[edit]

Champ Car World Series[edit]

IndyCar Series[edit]

CART/Champ Car driver championships[edit]

Year Champion Wins Chassis Engine Tyres
1984 United States Mario Andretti 6 Lola T800 Cosworth DFX Goodyear
1991 United States Michael Andretti 8 Lola T91/00 Chevrolet 265A Goodyear
1993 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell 5 Lola T93/00 Ford XB Goodyear
2002 Brazil Cristiano da Matta 7 Lola B02/00 Toyota RV8F Bridgestone
2004 France Sébastien Bourdais 7 Lola B02/00 Ford XFE Bridgestone
2005 France Sébastien Bourdais (2) 6 Lola B02/00 Ford XFE Bridgestone
2006 France Sébastien Bourdais (3) 7 Lola B02/00 Ford XFE Bridgestone
2007 France Sébastien Bourdais (4) 8 Panoz DP01 Ford XFE Bridgestone

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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