Silent auction underway of IndyCar prints for Wilson Children’s Fund

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What happens when you take a photo of the start of this year’s IndyCar race at Watkins Glen (shot by Marshall Pruett), get it signed by all 22 drivers that started the season finale at Sonoma plus four IndyCar legends (Rick Mears, Roger Penske, Mario Andretti and Dario Franchitti), and then put it together in an Andy Blackmore-designed print?

You get the opportunity to help the Wilson family out via a silent auction of the eight prints, which started on December 15 and runs through December 24, to continue to help fundraising for the Wilson Children’s Fund.

Paul Zimmerman, who owns The Motorsport Collector memorabilia store in Illinois, is assisting in the process to raise funds for the WCF. This was established following the loss of Justin Wilson in August 2015.

The full details for bidding can be found at this link here. The auction runs through noon CT on Christmas Eve, December 24.

MRTI: Telitz gets creative to help racing career

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To say that Belardi Auto Racing’s Aaron Telitz has endured a difficult start to the 2018 Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires season would be an understatement. The Wisconsin native only completed four corners through the first three races – Races 1 and 2 at St. Petersburg, and Race 1 at Barber Motorsports Park – with St. Pete being especially problematic.

He took the pole for Race 1, but a crash during qualifying for Race 2 prevented him from actually starting. What’s more, the damage was so severe that the Belardi team needed a brand new chassis, with Telitz’s Dallara IL-15 damaged beyond repair.

They also had to borrow a car from Carlin for Race 2, but Telitz’s race ended after he got tangled up with Victor Franzoni in Turn 2 on Lap 1.

With the damage bill well into the six figures as a result, Telitz has taken to some unique, or rather, creative ways to raise money in the aftermath to help cover the costs. “Creative,” in this case, meaning Telitz is using his art skills.

An artist in his spare time, Telitz has begun selling his own original paintings to help raise money.

 “I’ve been to a lot of art shows and I see stuff and I go, ‘Holy cow, someone’s going to pay a thousand dollars for that thing?’” Telitz quipped in a story posted on the Milwaukee Journal.

In discussing his artistic abilities, Telitz added, “I’m working at getting better. I’d like to be able to paint some animals, those types of things. I got a request from Alexander Rossi to see if I could paint his dog. Unfortunately I can’t do that yet.”

Further, in a partnership with The Styled Garage, Telitz is selling his own merchandise, and accepting donations, to help his cause.

Telitz finished fourth in Race 2 at Barber on Sunday, and sits seventh in the Indy Lights championship, 59 points behind leader Pato O’Ward.