Lot 166

The House That Newman/Haas Racing Built

2001 Lola-Toyota B01/00


$78,400 USD | Sold

United States | Lincolnshire, Illinois



Chassis No.
HU 09
Bill of Sale Only
  • Winner of the 2001 Honda Indy 300 at Surfers Paradise, Australia
  • Piloted by Christiano da Matta throughout the 2001 CART FedEx Championship Series
  • Entered in nine events throughout the season
  • Secured a 2nd-place finish at the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach
  • Fitted with a display engine


Entering nine events in the 2001 season, Lola-Toyota B01/00 chassis HU 09 traveled to six different countries and ran for over 5,000 miles throughout the year. At the car’s first outing at the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, Christiano da Matta qualified on the outside of the second row and converted this prime starting position into a 2nd-place finish, continuing the long history of success for the team at this historic street circuit.

Da Matta later achieved top-10 finishes in the car at Detroit, Road America, and Houston, but achieved the greatest result at the Honda Indy 300 at Surfers Paradise, Australia. After qualifying in 3rd position, the Brazilian took the lead from Roberto Moreno in a daring pass on lap 47 during the final pit stop sequence. Two laps later, da Matta pushed his car to the limit—using all of the curbs to gain crucial tenths of a seconds before taking on fuel and tires. A sprint to the finish saw da Matta take his third career win in the series.


Continuing the decades-long development of the Lola IndyCar, the B01/00 featured a carbon fiber monocoque with double wishbones suspending the car via inboard shock absorbers on all four corners. To meet the demands of the various disciplines, a high-downforce specification was available for short ovals, road courses, or street circuits. For the superspeedways, alternative suspension geometry was utilized to extend the wheelbase, and alternative front and rear wings could be fitted. In 1998, CART adopted the Hanford device, a flat plank fixed vertically on the back of the rear wing, in an effort to slow the cars down at tracks like Fontana and Michigan.

For the 2001 season, Newman/Haas Racing ended their longtime partnership with Ford and instead adopted the Toyota RV8E engine. This 90-degree turbocharged V-8 engine displaced 2.65 liters and featured all-aluminum construction. In this final era of engine competition, these methanol-fed powerplants redlined at an ear-splitting 15,000 rpm and produced in excess of 900 horsepower, allowing for speeds of 240 mph on the superspeedways. This chassis is presently fitted with a display engine.