From the “you don’t see this everyday file” comes news that Andretti Autosport will put its No. 28 DHL Honda – the same Dallara DW12 chassis No. 057 that Ryan Hunter-Reay took to a dramatic win in the 2014 Indianapolis 500 – up for auction.
It’s not only that that makes it abnormal, but also the fact it’s still an active chassis.
According to the lot description, “Andretti will restore and repair the car to its 2014 Indianapolis 500 aero kit and livery and will deliver it to the owner, within the continental US. This lot does not include the Honda race engine, as it is owned and retained by the manufacturer. The sale of this lot is unprecedented in modern motorsports.”
Additionally, season-long credentials would be in order for the purchaser. From the lot description, “Andretti Autosport will provide the buyer with two season-long credentials and team hospitality passes granting gate, garage, and limited pit access for every Verizon IndyCar Series race through the 2018 season, including the Indianapolis 500.
“The package will also include four single-event guest credentials and team hospitality passes at each of the IndyCar races that Andretti Autosport competes in through 2018, except for the Grand Prix of Indianapolis and Indianapolis 500.”
The car, however, will race through the end of its projected lifespan in 2018.
It’s an interesting strategy to say the least because it could be the start of a trend where teams look to raise capital by selling cars, even if the car is still active.
“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.
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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.”