• Oct 29, 2011
Back on October 17, IRL driver Graham Rahal tweeted about auctioning the helmet, gloves and shoes he wore in Las Vegas Indy 300 race that claimed the life of fellow driver Dan Wheldon in a 15-car wreck, with the proceeds going to a trust for Wheldon's family. Those three items from the driver have turned into a cascade of memorabilia from athletes, celebrities and companies alike.

There are currently 68 items up for auction, the most popular being NASCAR driver Jimmie Johnson's tribute helmet; which he's currently wearing in the 2011 Sprint Cup Chase. The helmet's visor features a tribute to Wheldon. The current bid is $20,000, and the winner will actually have to wait until Jimmy's done with the helmet at the end of the Chase to collect it.

The auctions, running on eBay as we speak, will send 100% of their proceeds to the Dan Wheldon Family Trust Fund. You can get more information and make a donation on the Dan Wheldon Memorial site, or head straight for the auctions and place your bid.


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      • 3 Years Ago
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      nikescar
      • 3 Years Ago
      Give me a ****ing break. These other drivers are free to do what they want but this is a waste of time. If the Wheldon family has any sense of what's right they will donate the proceeds to a charity and/or families that actually need it.
        Cadavillac
        • 3 Years Ago
        @nikescar
        Exactly. Send a card, place a phone call, but rich people donating money to other rich people is laughable at best. That money would better serve other causes.
      CarsInDepth.com
      • 3 Years Ago
      To those uncharitable folks complaining about the propriety of a trust fund to benefit the children of a financially successful man, this auction is not about money but rather about the racing community wanting to express their affection for Dan Wheldon and their best wishes for his family. The amount of money is not going to be significant, compared to Wheldon's assets, but it is a nice gesture by the racers and other donors and it gives bidders an opportunity to participate in that gesture. Some people might send flowers. Instead of flowers, people are donating items so others can share in the sense of grief and comforting the grieving. What's wrong with that? If you're going to buy a race worn Jimmie Johnson helmet, or an autographed Matt Stafford jersey, might as well do it for a good cause. If the family doesn't need the money, I'm sure they will donate it to a cause that will appropriately memorials Mr. Wheldon. Ronnie Schreiber Cars In Depth
      Sorten Borten
      • 3 Years Ago
      A trust fund for a millionaire? What's next. LOL http://www.racing-reference.info/driver/Dan_Wheldon
      KingTito
      • 3 Years Ago
      I love racing of all forms and Dan was an incredible driver who competed for a long time at the highest levels. I believe he raced with Jenson Button for a long time and Jenson remembered him as an amazing competitor. Motorsports has been touched by the deaths of Dan and Marco so closely together. They lost their lives too early. However, I have to believe that Dan had a substantial net worth at the time of his death and if not a very good insurance policy. So, unless I am missing something, there are far more tragic circumstances where families lose their primary bread-winner and have little to no savings or insurance to fall back upon. Our soldiers fighting for our freedom deserve my donations much more as I guarantee they receive less than Wheldon's family will have to live on and they do much more than entertain us.
      mmvernes
      • 3 Years Ago
      Not to be disrespectful but what did this guy buy with the millions he earned racing cars?? Life insurance policy?? I hope he wasn't living for the moment, i.e. mcmansion, fancy cars, high living & not planning for the future, racing is a dangerous sport I would at least thought he'd have a decent life insurance policy. That should sustain his wife & kids if not she can go back to work. Enough of the tugging at the ordinary people's pockets. I got my own economic problems to deal with & not worry about his family keeping their high standard of living
        Jimmy Behne
        • 3 Years Ago
        @mmvernes
        1) Thinking a race car driver would have an extremely difficult time getting life insurance if not impossible. Yes there are other avenues for the millions these people make for investing. 2) It is a simple gesture of brotherhood amongst the sport.. Just like your neighbors do when a friend relative or neighbors house burns to the ground they have donantions sent their way. 3) IT IS THEIR GEAR THEY ARE DONATING TO THE CAUSE , IT IS THEIR BUSINESS THE CAUSE THEY CHOOSE TO DONATE IT TOO. 4) I REALLY HOPE YOU ARE NOT ONE OF THESE WALL STREET MALCONTENTS THAT THINK BECAUSE THEY ARE TO FREAKING LAZY TO DO SOME REAL LABOR AND EARN A LIVING INSTEAD OF BEATING UP THE POOR BASTARDS THAT SPENT THEIR LIFE SAVING AND WORKING AND CREATING THINGS TO SELL. THINKING THHEY SHOULD JUST HAND OVER THEIR RICHES.
      • 3 Years Ago
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      Thipps
      • 3 Years Ago
      It must be a lonely life for those of you who cut down others kind actions to help someone in a time of need, the amount of money that someone has EARNED has Nothing to do with the the integrity of there actions, Yes Dan had money because he was a successful race car driver who earned it, He also has a family who will need support and yes money to make it without Dan's income. how out everyone stops with the hate, the world is a smaller place with it God Speed Dan
      Stinkyboy
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'm glad Danica is OK.
      hman570
      • 3 Years Ago
      What ever happened to The Majority? Just because someone who don't believe in God we have to change our way of life for them? Why is this our constitution gives us this right and the ACLU comes out from under their rocks and takes it away? Who are this fools get rid of the ACLU and make life better for the rest of America and to hell with the one's that don't like it? Move to Iran and see what they tell you??
      rsmeeeth
      • 3 Years Ago
      This guy made millions i think his family will be ok. why dont these people give to people that have nothing and can't afford their own hospital bills
      hman570
      • 3 Years Ago
      What ever happened to The Majority? Just because someone who don't believe in God we have to change our way of life for them? Why is this our constitution gives us this right and the ACLU comes out from under their rocks and takes it away? Who are this fools get rid of the ACLU and make life better for the rest of America and to hell with the one's that don't like it? Move to Iran and see what they tell you??
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