The 1986 Indianapolis 500 was famously won by Bobby Rahal in a sister March 86C (chassis number 13) owned by Jim Trueman in the then-closest three-way battle for the victory over Kevin Cogan in Pat Patrick's March 86C and Rick Mears in the Roger Penske-owned March 86C-22.
As one can easily see, the March 86C was an exceptional machine to take to the circuit and be expectant of serious results. This particular car, March 86C-24 is shown to have been entered by Machinists Union Racing for Chip Ganassi in the 1986 Indianapolis 500. The late Andy Kenopensky was the team manager and Josele Garza was the primary driver for the team during the 1986 CART season.
Chip Ganassi is now recognized as one of the top team owners in all of American motorsports. In the early 1980s he was an up-and-coming driver that had recorded podium results in the Indy Car series. His progression was set back and his career was effectively ended in a huge accident at the 1984 Michigan 500 when he and Al Unser Jr. collided after Chip spun and they went into the infield guardrail at a violent rate. Chip sustained head injuries that would from then on limit his time as a race driver after an extended recovery period.
The 1986 Indy 500 would be his last Indy Car race as a driver, and it was driven in the March being offered. At the Speedway, the car had a Cosworth DFX turbocharged engine and Chip Ganassi qualified 25th and finished 21st after the Cosworth failed on lap 151 of 200.
The March now runs with a normally-aspirated Chevrolet V-8 small-block that produces around 705 horsepower with Hilborn fuel injection and Brodix heads and was set up for American Indycar Series (AIS) action. The carbon fiber chassis is stated to be in “great” condition and the car is said to have all systems to be a properly outfitted runner. Among the components are a suspension A-arms, fuel cell, Gerhardt starter, four gear sets, springs, Momo steering wheel, battery, ignition, radiators, four-wheel disc brakes, gearbox, new spindles and hubs, wheels, Hoosier racing tires and instrumentation.
The March is said to be in “very good condition.” It has been garage-kept in a heated locale for Chicago winters and was well-maintained by Sun Racing in the early 1990s. It is reported as raced through the late 1990s and further stated that the March last saw track time in 2010 in VARA and the HSR racing organizations, with appearances at Fontana and Willow Springs.