Panther Racing IndyCar team assets to be auctioned off

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If you’re a big fan of the former Panther Racing IndyCar team and have a fat wallet, plenty of space on your credit card or a well-stocked checkbook, you might want to break them out.

Assets of the now defunct team are set to be auctioned off on July 23 by Key Auctions, according to a Thursday story by the Indianapolis Business Journal.

Among items on the block include a pair of 2011 IndyCar race cars, as well as the car Sam Hornish Jr. drove to victories at both Chicago and Fontana in 2003.

Hornish’s finish at Chicago marked the closest three-car finish in series history, while the Fontana race was the fastest in series history, as well, according to Key Auctions’ web site.

Winning trophies for those races will be sold with the car, as well.

Also up for auction are show cars, a motor home, computers, trailers and transporters and other associated equipment.

Panther was formed in 1997 by a group that included former Indianapolis Colts quarterback and now San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh, along with several other investors including current Indianapolis Motor Speedway president Doug Boles.

Panther quickly achieved significant success, including winning back-to-back championships (2001-02) in the then-Indy Racing League (now Verizon IndyCar Series), as well as runner-up finishes in the Indianapolis 500 from 2008 through 2011.

Not only did the organization start Hornish on his way to becoming both a IRL series and Indianapolis 500 champion, it also gave the late Dan Wheldon his first IndyCar ride late in the 2002 campaign.

In-person bidding begins at 10 am ET on July 23 at Panther’s former headquarters, 5740 Decatur Road, Indianapolis – just south of Indianapolis International Airport.

In-person inspection will be held one day earlier at the facility.

Potential bidders can also make offers online.

Click here to see the items to be auctioned on Key Auctions’ web site. The list of available items is both long – and sad to see, given all that Panther Racing accomplished in a relatively short period of time.

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Ricciardo: Red Bull has ‘decent chance’ of Abu Dhabi F1 victory

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Daniel Ricciardo believes Red Bull stands a “decent chance” of signing off from the 2017 Formula 1 season with a victory in next weekend’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

After a slow start to the year, Red Bull made massive gains across the course of the season by developing its RB13 to end the season as front-runners, rivaling Mercedes and Ferrari for pace.

The Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi has a number of slow-speed sections that should suit the RB13 car, with Ricciardo optimistic about his chances of not only ending his podium drought at the track, but even winning the race.

“Yas Marina has actually been one of my favorite tracks over the years,” Ricciardo said in Red Bull’s pre-race preview.

“It’s been a bit like Suzuka for me though, a track that I’ve always enjoyed and gone well on but not quite reached the podium at. I broke that trend in Suzuka this year so hopefully I can do the same in Abu Dhabi.

“When you have so much time away from the car in the off season it helps to sign off with a strong result as it makes you feel like you really deserve a break.

“I think we should have a strong car in Abu Dhabi. I said I want another win before the season is out and I think we have a decent chance of achieving that.”

Red Bull has claimed three race wins through 2017, with Ricciardo’s victory in Azerbaijan being followed up by successes for teammate Max Verstappen in Malaysia and Mexico.