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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Andretti United team names drivers for inaugural Extreme E season

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The Extreme E team formed by Andretti Autosport and United Autosports named Catie Munnings and Timmy Hansen as its drivers Monday for the series’ inaugural 2021 season.

Munnings is a successful veteran of rally series. Hansen is a past winner and champion in the World Rallycross Championship.

They both will race in the environmentally conscious electric SUV series that will hold events in five areas around the world that are threatened by climate change. Chip Ganassi Racing and six-time Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton also are fielding cars in Extreme E, which will feature male and female co-drivers on every team.

Catie Munnings

“I’m so excited to join Andretti United Extreme E,” Munnings said in a release. ““I was really intrigued when I first heard about Extreme E, I just knew I had to be involved. The male / female racing partnership is a fantastic and exciting new concept. The season has incredible locations and the racing will be very exciting. It will be a new challenge for the teams and drivers, and I’m so thrilled to be working with such a strong team.

“The championship is a really innovative concept, it’s combining motorsport and science and will produce an important legacy in each race location. Bringing the platform that motorsport has in line with the awareness that the planet needs right now is awesome and a really important message.”

Timmy Hansen

Said Hansen: “Going into the Extreme E will be a new chapter in my career, one that I am extremely excited about. It is something brand new, not only for me, but the whole of motorsport. The format is something

we’ve never seen before. I’m also delighted to be able to carry the message of something bigger – talking about the environment and doing something good for the world – that’s something that really drives me. It’s going to be a big adventure in life to see these locations and I’m going to do my best in carrying this responsibility and hopefully making people aware of the challenges we have in the world, together with our passion for racing.”