1980 Grant King Indy Race Car
This car was built by the famous car builder Grant King, and emulates a Penske P7 style of racer. Grant King produced over 250 custom race cars, and is an inductee of the Victoria Auto Racing Hall of Fame.
The Drake Offy engine in this car is from the line that was started in 1978 with only 12 being made. The development of this engine proved too much of a financial strain, and were the last engines made by Offenhauser. This particular engine is very rare and is one of only two that is still in running condition. It is mounted with an Ishi Warner turbocharger that has a cockpit adjustable boost.
This car raced in the Indy 500 in both 1979 and 1980, and was driven by Jim McElreath. It finished 35th and 24th respectively in those races, and was later driven by other well-known drivers including Gary Irvin, Jan Sneva, and John Mahler.
This car was recently restored to its original 1980 specifications by AJ Watson, another well-known car builder.
2004 B1 Lola Indy Race Car
This car's chassis was built by Lola Racing Cars International, and funded by Rocketsports Racing, a motor racing team from East Lancing, Michigan. The engine was developed at Cosworth's headquarters in England. At the time, Cosworth was a subsidiary of the Ford Motor Company. In 2003, Rocketsports teamed up with race car driver Alex Tagliani to join the Champ Car Series.
The following year, Tagliani scored his first victory in this car by placing first at the Grand Prix of Road America. Tagliani held the lead position for 16 out of the 48 total laps, and had an average speed of 110 MPH to win the race. Road America hosts many races each year, and is a challenging 4 mile, 14 turn race course.
2000 Dallara Indy Race Car
This car's chassis was built by Dallara Automobili, an Italian chassis manufacturer of race cars. Driven by Mark Dismore, and owned by Kelly Racing Team, this car competed in all 9 races of the 2000 Northern Light Series. In this car, Dismore completed his first Indianapolis 500 out of five prior attempts. His best finish was in the third race of the season, at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway Vegas Indy 300, where he placed second under Al Unser Jr.
Overall in the 2000 Northern Light Series, this car placed 7th. Another car from the Kelly Racing Team placed 5th in the series. Dismore didn't start racing professionally until he was 26, but rapidly progressed during his career. After being seriously injured in a crash at the 1991 Indianapolis 500, he went on to win the 1993 "24 Hours of Daytona" Race, and the 1999 Indy Car Race at the Texas Motor Speedway.
2000 Dallara Indy Race Car
This car's chassis was built by Dallara Automobili, an Italian chassis manufacturer of race cars. Driven by Scott Sharp, and owned by Kelly Racing Team, this car competed in all 9 races of the 2000 Northern Light Series. This Series included the Indianapolis 500, where the car placed 10th. The 5th race of the Series, the Casino Magic 500 at the Texas Motor Speedway, was what many call the best race in the history of the Series.
In that race, Sharp and Robby McGhee staged a breathtaking duel during the final stages of the race, with Sharp winning by less than a car length to take first place. Overall in the 2000 Northern Light Series, this car placed 5th. Sharp was one of the most successful drivers in the Indy Racing league, having won four races. He also won three straight Sports Car Club of American National Championships from 1986 to 1988.
1999 Dallara Indy Race Car
This car's chassis was built by Dallara Automobili, an Italian chassis manufacturer of race cars. In addition to Indy Car Series, Dallara also produces chassis for racing series including Formula 3, GP2, and the Rolex Car Series. The body shell is composed of carbon fiber. In 1999, Bobby McGhee took this car to the Indy 500 and placed 5th, claiming a purse of nearly $250,000. His outstanding performance in that race propelled him to be named Rookie of the Year.
Dallara has been very successful in the Indy Car Series, having won seven of the eleven Indianapolis races in which they have competed. This particular car is essentially complete and race-ready. The Aurora engine is based on the production engine that was available exclusively in Oldsmobile's Aurora luxury performance sedan. While the production engine produced 250 horsepower at 5,600 rpm on unleaded gasoline, this methanol-burning race engine produces over 700 horsepower and revs to 10,500 horsepower.
2000 Ford Cosworth XF Racing Engine
This engine was built by the Cosworth division of the Ford Motor Company. Cosworth is a high-performance engineering company founded in London in 1958. Cosworth specializes in engines and electronics for automobile racing (motorsport), mainstream automotive, and defense industries. Cosworth is based in Northampton, England, with North American facilities in Torrance, CA, Indianapolis, IN, and Mooresville, an Indian facility in Pune. Cosworth has had a long relationship with Ford, which began when Cosworth first started manufacturing racing engines in 1959, and was a subsidiary of Ford between 1998 and 2004.
Cosworth designed a series of engines to be used in Indy car racing: the X-series, beginning in 1992 with the XB, the XF, developed in 2000, was chosen as the spec engine for Champ Car in 2003, and continued that role through the 2006 season. This engine is fueled by methanol, has dual overhead cams, and a 90 degree V-8 configuration.
This engine is configured to race with the blue #8 2004 LOLA race car, which is also on display in the Rolland Racing Museum.