1990 Lola T90/00 Valvoline Indy Car

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This 1990 Lola T90/00 in Valvoline livery was the car driven by Al Unser Jr to victory in 6 CART races. His success in the #5 Valvoline Indy Car led to his winning the CART PPG Indy Car World Series Championship for 1990. He took fourth-place at the Indy 500 that year, but then took the Milwaukee Mile and later went on a four-race winning streak at Toronto, Michigan, Denver, and Vancouver.

This car is powered by a turbocharged 2.64 liter Chevrolet V8 built by Ilmor Engineering.

Al Unser Jr won the Indianapolis 500 twice, in 1992 and 1994, and was CART champion in 1990 and 1994. His father, Al Sr, is one of only 3 men to win the Indianapolis 500 four times.

This car was auctioned off by Mecum Auctions in Monterey, California on August 18-20, 2016.

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(from Mecum Auctions Press Release) 1990 Lola T90/00 Valvoline Indy Car

  • Sold on a bill of sale
  • Al Unser Jr. won the 1990 CART PPG Indy Car World Series Championship in this car
  • Unser won six CART races in 1990 driving the no. 5 Valvoline-sponsored entry for Galles-Kraco Racing
  • Documented asauthentic Lola Indy Car chassis no. H.U.02
  • Verified as one of the two original team cars by former Lola chief engineer and designer Bruce Ashmore
  • Rare Ilmor-built Chevrolet 2.65 liter turbocharged V-8 engine
  • CART inspection sticker intact
  • USAC Indianapolis 500 inspection sticker intact
  • Restoration completed in June 2016
  • Aircraft hardware used throughout the car during restoration
  • Suspension components recently magnafluxed and crack tested
  • Fuel cell tested
  • Currently needs a fuel pump, spark box and gears to return to running order
  • Eligible for select vintage motorsports events such as the SVRA Brickyard Vintage Racing Invitational
  • For display purposes only

This 1990 Lola T90/00 Indy Car is the car driven by two-time Indianapolis 500 winner Al Unser Jr. to his first CART PPG Indy Car World Series Championship. Resplendent in its #5 Valvoline livery, this beauty has been documented as Lola chassis #H.U.02 and is powered by a rare Ilmor-built Chevrolet 2.65-liter turbocharged V-8 engine. Further documentation includes the intact CART and USAC Indianapolis 500 inspection stickers as well as verification from former Lola chief engineer and designer Bruce Ashmore that this is one of two original cars used by Galles-Kraco Racing for the 1990 season. That year proved to be a landmark for Unser, as he captured six races on his way to the season title. When the 1990 season began Galles-Kraco Racing was marked as one team to watch because successful team owners Rick Galles and Maurice Kraines decided to merge their operations, pairing the up-and-coming Unser with 1986 Indianapolis 500 winner Bobby Rahal. It didn’t take long for Unser to live up to the lofty expectations, as he captured the Long Beach Grand Prix from the pole position in only the second race of the season. After a fourth-place finish in the Indianapolis 500, Unser really went on a tear. He won the first oval race of his career at the venerable Milwaukee Mile and then proceeded to dominate the stout competition with an incredible four-race winning streak at Toronto, Michigan, Denver and Vancouver. The Michigan 500 was an especially sweet victory as Unser dueled wheel-to-wheel with his elder teammate Rahal for lap after lap prior to taking the checkered flag first. The popular Unser would go on to become a two-time CART champion and win an outstanding 34 Indy Car races—including the Indianapolis 500 in both 1992 and 1994—in his brilliant career. A recent restoration of the #5 Valvoline Lola was completed in June of 2016 with aircraft hardware used throughout the car, while the fuel cell was tested and suspension components were magnafluxed and crack tested. Currently this Lola is for display purposes only, but an investment in a new fuel pump, spark box and gears would return it to running order and make it eligible for select vintage motorsports events such as the SVRA Brickyard Vintage Racing Invitational.