First round of helmets raise nearly $140,000 in Justin Wilson auction

Rahal's Sonoma helmet. Photo: AP
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Cool news here about the helmets up for auction in the Justin Wilson memorial auction. Via INDYCAR’s news release, here’s an update on how the first wave brought in nearly $140,000:

The first batch of memorabilia – consisting of 20 racing helmets from Verizon IndyCar Series drivers and Mario Andretti – fetched nearly $140,000 in closing bids on the eBay auction to benefit the Wilson Children’s Fund. That puts auction organizer and fellow driver Graham Rahal nearly a quarter of the way to his goal of raising $1 million to assist the family of Justin Wilson, who succumbed Aug. 24 to an injury suffered in a race the day before.

More memorabilia – including donations from INDYCAR, NASCAR and Formula One drivers and teams, and National Football League, U.S. Soccer, UFC (mixed martial arts) and entertainment world items – is available for bid through Sept. 28. Items will be added until the auction concludes Oct. 26. To view and bid on items, click HERE.

With eBay waiving fees for the auction, all proceeds go directly to the Wilson fund. Private auctions for the racing helmets of Rahal and Ryan Hunter-Reay brought in $74,000, meaning more than $213,000 has already been earmarked for the fund from the helmets alone.

Additional ways to contribute to the fund include: purchasing a limited edition reproduction of 50 signed and numbered prints of noted artist Bill Patterson’s original work depicting Wilson’s final Indy car victory at Texas Motor Speedway in 2012 (click HERE ), with $100 of each print sold contributed to the fund; buying tribute T-shirts and other Wilson items at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway online store (click HERE); or contributing directly to the fund online (click HERE) or by mail to: Wilson Children’s Fund, c/o Forum Credit Union, PO Box 50738, Indianapolis, IN 46250-0738.