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01/13 2016

A rare chance to buy an Indy 500-winning car by Curt Cavin, curt.cavin@indystar.com

Ryan Hunter-Reay won the 2014 Indianapolis 500 in this chassis No. 057

Andretti Autosport is offering the chance to own an active Indy car, and an accomplished one at that.

Ryan Hunter-Reay’s No. 28 Honda-powered Dallara that won the 2014 Indianapolis 500 will be auctioned off at the end of the month. There’s one catch: The buyer won’t get the car until it’s retired, which is projected to be at the conclusion of the 2018 season. (There are provisions if it’s destroyed in a crash.)

When delivered, the car that has won four IndyCar Series races will be restored to its Indy-winning configuration, complete with the bodywork kit used.

Team officials have not said what the minimum bid must be, but there is one. The auction catalogue estimates the value between $600,000 and $750,000.

The auction is Jan. 29-30 in Scottsdale, Ariz.

In addition to the car, the buyer will receive track credentials, garage passes and team hospitality access to all IndyCar Series events the team participates in through the 2018 season.

Team owner Michael Andretti called it “an immersive ownership experience.”

Hunter-Reay won the 2014 500 by 0.0600 seconds over Helio Castroneves, the second-closest finish in event history. Al Unser Jr. held off Scott Goodyear by 0.043 seconds in the 1992 race.

This car, No. 057, also was used to clinch IndyCar’s 2012 championship for Hunter-Reay. The veteran driver won two races with it at Iowa Speedway (2012, ’14) and one at the Milwaukee Mile (’13)