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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.

Champion Marc Marquez leads MotoGP into virtual world Sunday

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During its layoff because of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, MotoGP will become the latest racing series to enter the virtual world.

The MotoGP Virtual Race will be held at 9 a.m. ET Sunday, March 29 with 10 riders. It will be streamed on several platforms, including the Motorsports on NBC YouTube channel. Reigning series champion Marc Marquez is among the riders in the field.

The premier class of MotoGP has yet to hit the track this season as its opener was canceled and the next three races were postponed, including the Grand Prix of the Americas being moved from April 5 to Nov. 15.

Several other racing series have tried online racing in recent weeks.

IMSA held a “SuperSaturday at Sebring” March 21 in place of the postponed Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring. NASCAR started its Pro Invitational Series last Sunday at Homestead-Miami Speedway and will continue Sunday at Texas Motor Speedway. IndyCar kicked off its six-race IndyCar iRacing Challenge with a Saturday race at Watkins Glen International that was won by Sage Karam.