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February 23-24

lot # 10

1997 Dallara

Indy Race Car

No Reserve
lot # 10

1997 Dallara

Indy Race Car

No Reserve
  • Body Style
  • Energizer

Options and Highlights

  • This car's chassis was built by Dallara Automobili, an Italian chassis manufacturer of race cars. In addition to Indy Car Series, Dallara also produces chassis for racing series including Formula 3, GP2, and the Rolex Car Series. The body shell is composed of carbon fiber. 1997 was the first year for Dallara to produce Indy cars. This particular car, type IR7 and frame number 017 is essentially complete and race-ready. The Aurora engine is based on the production engine that was available exclusively in Oldsmobile's Aurora luxury performance sedan. While the production engine produced 250 horsepower at 5,600 rpm on unleaded gasoline, this methanol-burning race engine produces over 700 horsepower and revs to 10,500 rpm. It is believed to be the car that A.J. Foyt originally purchased in 1997. Foyt sold it to Greg Ray for his rookie IRL effort in 1998 when Ray qualified on the front row at the Indy 500. In 1999, Robby McGehee took this car to the Indy 500 and placed 5th, claiming a purse of nearly $250,000. His outstanding performance in that race propelled him to be named Rookie of the Year.

Specifications for lot #10

  • Year
  • 1997
  • Make
  • Dallara
  • Model
  • Indy Race Car
  • Body
  • Energizer
  • Exterior Color
  • Black

About lot #10

This car's chassis was built by Dallara Automobili, an Italian chassis manufacturer of race cars. In addition to Indy Car Series, Dallara also produces chassis for racing series including Formula 3, GP2, and the Rolex Car Series. The body shell is composed of carbon fiber. 1997 was the first year for Dallara to produce Indy cars. This particular car, type IR7 and frame number 017 is essentially complete and race-ready. The Aurora engine is based on the production engine that was available exclusively in Oldsmobile's Aurora luxury performance sedan. While the production engine produced 250 horsepower at 5,600 rpm on unleaded gasoline, this methanol-burning race engine produces over 700 horsepower and revs to 10,500 rpm. It is believed to be the car that A.J. Foyt originally purchased in 1997. Foyt sold it to Greg Ray for his rookie IRL effort in 1998 when Ray qualified on the front row at the Indy 500. In 1999, Robby McGehee took this car to the Indy 500 and placed 5th, claiming a purse of nearly $250,000. His outstanding performance in that race propelled him to be named Rookie of the Year.

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