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Rahal confirms Wilson auction launch date, $1 million goal

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Following Dan Wheldon’s death in 2011, Graham Rahal rallied the IndyCar, and overall motorsports communities, in the Dan Wheldon Memorial Auction.

He’s doing so again with another online auction for the Wilson Children’s Fund, following the loss of Justin Wilson, which will start on Monday, September 14. Rahal has partnered with eBay, as he did with Wheldon’s, for this auction, and also with online facilitator Auction Cause.

Official details were released on Friday, via INDYCAR. Key points include:

  • A goal of fundraising at least $1 million
  • Items signed by racing legends Mario Andretti and A.J. Foyt
  • F1 items from World Champions Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button
  • A one-of-a-kind original painting of Wilson’s car by noted artist Bill Patterson

Stefan Wilson, Justin’s younger brother, also shared this message earlier today regarding a good idea from Marco Andretti:

Through eBay’s direct involvement, all transaction fees will be waived and all proceeds will be deposited into the Wilson Children’s Fund, which benefits Wilson’s wife, Julia, and daughters Jane and Jessica.

For auction updates or to contribute directly to the Wilson Children’s Fund, visit WilsonChildrensFund.com. Contributions may also be mailed to: Wilson Children’s Fund, c/o Forum Credit Union, P.O. Box 50738, Indianapolis, IN 46250-0738.

Tribute T-shirts and decals, with proceeds also going to the fund, are available at http://shop.ims.com/indycar/drivers/justin-wilson/. T-shirt sales are great, with nearly 10,000 total sold between the official tribute T-shirt and Manifest Creative, Aaron Justus-designed shirt.

Steve Torrence takes NHRA points lead with Gatornationals victory

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Two-time defending NHRA Top Fuel champion Steve Torrence took the points lead Sunday in the AMALIE Motor Oil Gatornationals, beating his father, Billy, in the final round at Gainesville Raceway.

Torrence had a 3.809-second run at 322.11 mph to win for the third time this year and 39th overall. He is now on track for another championship despite missing the season opener.

“We’ve got some good momentum and to be in the points lead, it’s a testament to how hard these guys work,” Steve Torrence said after the NHRA Gainesville victory. “We’ve just got to stay focused and concentrate on what the task at hand is, and that’s trying to win a championship. These guys give me an unbelievable race car and you just try not to screw it up.”

Ron Capps won in Funny Car, Alex Laughlin in Pro Stock and Matt Smith in Pro Stock Motorcycle.

Capps raced to his second win this year and 66th overall, beating Tim Wilkerson with a 3.937 at 323.12 in a Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat.

Laughlin topped Aaron Stanfield with a 7.068 at 204.76 in a Chevrolet Camaro for his first win this season and fourth in his career. Smith rode to his first victory in 2020 and 25th overall, topping Andrew Hines with a 6.843 at 196.99 on an EBR.