After winning the 1992 Formula 1 World Championship Nigel Mansell went to the US attention to prove his abilities in Indy Car racing accompanied by huge press and public. And the excitement of media and fans was justified – English F1 reigning champion won his very first IndyCar race at Surfers Paradise in Australia. Mansell became the first person to win his first IndyCar race since Graham Hill had won the 1966 Indianapolis 500. 1993 PPG IndyCar World Series sanctioned by CART was 16-round championship which combined races on oval speedways, road courses and street tracks. Mansell driving his Lola T93/00 for the Newman-Haas team then won 4 other rounds (surprisingly, all at ovals) and became the IndyCar champion, and the only driver in history to hold both the Formula One and CART championships at the same time, because when he won the 1993 CART championship he was still the reigning F1 world champion, with the 1993 F1 championship not yet having been decided. Mansell’s achievement was also so illustrative considering the rivalry between F1 and CART, because he replaced at Newman-Haas Mario Andretti’s son Michael, 1991 CART champion, who moved to F1 and McLaren to get complete fiasco in FIA F1 championship 1993. As to Mansell’s Championship winning car, it was Lola Indycar 1993 model, T93/00 powered by Ford Cosworth XB engine. The scale model is from Onyx contemporary IndyCar model series.
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