1997 CART (Various)

1997 PPG CART World Series

Diecast manufacturers are noted with each vehicle. Photos coming soon!

IMG_4415.JPG#1 Jimmy Vasser // Target Chip Ganassi Racing // Reynard-Honda-Firestone (Racing Champions)

Note that, while this may actually be a 1998 Alex Zanardi model, the sponsorship and roll hoop colors are consistent with Vasser’s 1997 ride.

IMG_4420.JPG#4 Alex Zanardi // Target Chip Ganassi Racing // Reynard-Honda-Firestone (Hot Wheels)

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IMG_4434.JPG#5 Gil de Ferran // Walker Racing // Reynard-Honda-Goodyear (Hot Wheels)

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IMG_4403.JPG#6 Michael Andretti // Newman-Haas Racing // Swift-Ford-Goodyear (Hot Wheels/Racing Champions)

IMG_4435.JPG#8 Bryan Herta // Team Rahal // Reynard-Ford-Goodyear (Hot Wheels)

IMG_4423.JPG#11 Christian Fittipaldi // Newman-Haas Racing // Swift-Ford-Goodyear (Hot Wheels)

IMG_4424.JPG#16 Patrick Carpentier // Bettenhausen Racing // Reynard-Mercedes-Goodyear (Hot Wheels)

IMG_4429.JPG#17 Mauricio Gugelmin // PacWest // Reynard-Mercedes-Firestone (Racing Champions)

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IMG_4427.JPG#18 Mark Blundell // PacWest // Reynard-Mercedes-Firestone (Hot Wheels/Racing Champions)

IMG_4436.JPG#21 Richie Hearn // Della Penna Motorsports // Lola-Ford-Goodyear (Hot Wheels)

IMG_4432.JPG#24 Hiro Matsushita // Arciero-Wells Racing // Reynard-Toyota-Firestone (Racing Champions)

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IMG_4430.JPG#25 Max Papis // Arciero-Wells Racing // Reynard-Toyota-Firestone (Hot Wheels/Racing Champions)

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IMG_4437.JPG#31 Andre Ribeiro // Tasman Motorsports // Reynard (Lola)-Honda-Firestone (Hot Wheels)

Hot Wheels produced two separate series under its Pro Racing line, an adult collector’s version and a kid-friendly track version. Ribeiro started the 1997 season in a Lola, but switched to Reynards starting in Cleveland. Hot Wheels only produced the Lola casting for the track version, meaning Ribeiro is one of few drivers in open-wheel diecast history to have a chassis change properly reflected in an official release. As with all Hot Wheels issues listed here, these cars were produced in 1998, giving the brand time to reflect this change.

IMG_4433.JPG#36 Juan Manuel Fangio II // All-American Racers // Reynard-Toyota-Goodyear (Racing Champions)

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