Alexander Rossi’s centenary Indy 500-winning car sells for $1.13m

Dallara in which Rossi claimed 100th Indy 500 victory in 2016 has been sold at Monterey – although buyer cannot do whatever they like with it…

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The Dallara IndyCar that Alexander Rossi drove to win the 100th Indianapolis 500 has sold at Monterey for $1,127,500 – but under the terms of the sale, it must be displayed for three months of the year.

Mecum Auctions sold the No. 98 blue-and-white Dallara DW12 that Rossi in 2016 drove to one the most dramatic wins in the famous event’s history. He not only triumphed in the milestone event, beating many pre-race favourites, but he did so as a rookie – becoming only the ninth debutant ever to win the Indy 500. He also prevailed by achieving astonishing fuel mileage; against almost all expectations he completed the final 36 laps without a pitstop.

Rossi also showed his speed in the machine, setting the fastest lap of the race at over 225mph.

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The hammer price fell slightly short of the estimate set in advance, which was £1,175,000 to $1,250,000. The buyer has not been identified.

However, the new owner cannot do whatever they want with the car, as a condition of the sale is that the Dallara spends at least three months annually at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum, between April and June, under a signed loan agreement. The Museum already hosts many Indy 500-winning cars, and has expressed hope that the new owner will consider a longer-term loan of the car or even a donation.

The 2.2-litre twin-turbo Honda V6 that Rossi used in his Indy 500 win will not be included with the car. Instead, an optional 99-year engine lease contract can be triggered by the DW12’s new owner starting in October 2020, when the current engine regulatory era ends. They then have the option to pay what is estimated to be more than $125,000 to have the race-winning engine rebuilt and fitted.

This DW12 was the seventh-highest-priced car sold over the weekend by Mecum, and the second most expensive racing car, being beaten by a Porsche 962 that went for $2.2m. The overall most expensive vehicle Mecum sold was a 1933 Duesenberg Model J, which went for $3.85m. They all, however, fell short of the new record holder for the most expensive car ever sold at auction, a rare 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO which went for $48.4m over the weekend at RM Sotheby’s event in Monterey.

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