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.
Takuma Sato isn’t the only major Japanese athlete to take home top honors at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway this year. Countryman Yoshihide Muroya joined him in that on Sunday after winning Red Bull Air Race at IMS, and the Red Bull Air Race World Championship in the process.
Fittingly, the 101st Indianapolis 500 champion was there on site to join him in the celebration.
Muroya flew with a track-record run in the final and erased the four-point deficit to points leader Martin Sonka. The record run came after a disappointing qualifying effort of 11th in the 14-pilot field in the Master Class.
A day after the win, Muroya joined Sato in heading to Sato’s new Verizon IndyCar Series team, Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing’s, Indianapolis-based shop.
A few social posts from Muroya’s victory and the subsequent celebration are below.
Muroya wasn’t alone among big winners at the Speedway. In the Challenger Class, Melanie Astles of France became the first woman to win a major race at IMS, and is the first female winner in the Red Bull Air Race World Championship.
Nine women have competed in the Indianapolis 500 (Janet Guthrie, Lyn St. James, Sarah Fisher, Danica Patrick, Milka Duno, Simona de Silvestro, Pippa Mann, Ana Beatriz, Katherine Legge) and Mann is the first woman to have been on the pole position at IMS, having done so for the Freedom 100 in 2010 in Indy Lights.