- Driven by the late Justin Wilson to Newman/Haas Racing’s final victory in 2008
- Competed in four seasons of the IndyCar Series from 2008–2011, contesting 28 races
- Additionally piloted by Robert Doornbos, Graham Rahal, Hideki Mutoh, and James Hinchcliffe
- Finished in the iconic McDonald’s livery
- Equipped with Honda show engine
Starting on the second row for the Detroit Indy Grand Prix on the Belle Isle Circuit, Great Britain’s Justin Wilson provided himself a prime opportunity to bring home a big result in chassis 006 for the Newman/Haas Racing organization. By going long through the first phase of the race, he found himself battling for the lead with Hélio Castroneves lap after lap, as the rest of the field pitted earlier. After a late-race caution, the green flag waved on lap 69 and the two drivers continued to battle with great intensity. An illegal block pulled by the Penske driver resulted in a penalty from the officials, and the two swapped places. With Wilson now in the lead, he kept his cool and held off Castroneves for 17 laps to bring home the checkered flag. No one could know at the time that this would be the final win for the legendary Newman/Haas Racing team, yet the crew on pitlane celebrated as if it were their first.
The chassis would remain in service of the team for the subsequent seasons with Graham Rahal, Robert Doornbos, Hideki Muto, and James Hinchcliffe all turning laps between 2009 and 2011. A true workhorse, the car contested 28 races throughout this time and traveled over 10,000 miles before its retirement. Today, the car wears its iconic McDonald’s livery commemorative of its historic final win.
THE DALLARA IR-05
A development of the IR-03 introduced in 2003, the IR-05 retained the former’s carbon fiber monocoque construction and double-wishbone pull rod-actuated suspension, but it introduced a number of aerodynamic developments and safety improvements. In 2008, the Dallara chassis was updated once again and received paddle-actuated gear changes on the steering wheel.
Initially capable of housing Toyota and Chevrolet dual-overhead-camshaft V-8 engines, Honda became the sole engine supplier to the IndyCar season in 2006 and would retain this monopoly until 2012. This chassis is presently fitted with a Honda display engine.