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THE LOLA T700

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Strangely, following the success of the T500 in 1978 which saw Al Unser winning the Triple Crown, the Indy 500, the Pocono 500 and the California 500 as well as finishing second in that year's USAC National Championship Trail Lola did not cash in by building more CART cars in the following seasons, in fact it would be 1984's T700 before a new design hit the tracks. Even then only three cars were built, two going to the newly formed Newman Haas team and their newly signed driver racing legend Mario Andretti. The third car went to the Armstrong Moulding team for driver Steve Krisiloff although the car only raced at the Indy 500.

The design of the T700 was, for the time, a conventional ground-effect chassis with twin wishbones at the front with inboard spring/damper units operated by a pull-rod. More unusual at the rear were reversed twin wishbones with a lower link whilst the spring damper units were mounted outboard and very upright and close to the rear wheel/tyre in order to keep them clear of the ground-effect venturi, they were reverse push-rod operated.

Mario was on the pace from the start of the season finishing 5th at the opening race at the Atlanta Motor Speedway and with seconds at the Michigan International Speedway, Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca and Phoenix International Raceway in addition to his wins at Road America and Caesar's Palace he finished third in the 1983 PPG Indy Car World Series.

Year(s) of Construction: 1983

Total Built: 3
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T700 SIGNIFICANT RACE WINS


1984

DATE
VENUE/MEETING
DRIVER
NOTES
31st July Road America - Provimi Veal 200 Mario Andretti Round 5 of PPG Indy Car World Series
8th October Caesar's Palace - Grand Prix III Mario Andretti Round 10 of PPG Indy Car World Series


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