The eBay auction of donated racing memorabilia for Justin Wilson's family seeks to raise a million dollars through the sale of items like his fellow drivers' helmets. Graham Rahal organized a similar auction for the family of Dan Wheldon after his fatal 2011 crash. That fund-raiser brought in $590,000.
“Justin was not just an incredible driver, he was an incredible person, teammate and friend. Through this auction, I hope we can raise as much money as possible to help provide for his wife, [and daughters] Jane and Jessica,” said Rahal, IndyCar Series driver for Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing.
The fund-raiser is organized as a series of six one-week auctions for donated items. Sixteen IndyCar drivers have donated their helmets to the auction, and other items have poured in from Formula One, Nascar, the World Endurance Championship, and Global Rallycross drivers. Retired racer Stefan Johansson sent a limited edition watch, Mario Andretti contributed a signed helmet and The Who's Roger Daltry sent the microphone he used at a concert at Glastonbury.
If you don't want to buy a racer's sweaty old helmet, but you do want to help the Wilson family, there is a donation site where you can make direct donations.
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