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Wheldon auction raises over $600k

Rahal, who had been driving in the race when the 15-car accident took place, announced soon afterwards on Twitter and Facebook that he planned to auction off his helmet, shoes and gloves from the Las Vegas race in order to donate the proceeds to Wheldon's family through the Dan Wheldon Family Trust Fund.

Word quickly spread and personalities from the sports and entertainment world were soon donating dozens of items for Rahal to auction off, to the point where it rapidly outgrew Rahal's ability to handle it alone. The auction was taken over by eBay, which waived all fees, and by management agency Auction Cause, with all proceeds going to the family trust fund.

The initial auction period closed some weeks ago, but inevitably some winning bidders dropped out of paying and unsold items were put back on auction. However, this week organisers confirmed that all items had been sold and everyone had now paid up, allowing them to announce the final total.

Among the auction items sold were: a #77 Dan Wheldon Indianapolis Colts jersey signed by Colts players; memorabilia from Tour de France winning cyclist Lance Armstrong, MotoGP champion Nicky Hayden, NBA star Dwight Howard, tennis legend Billie Jean King, actors Samuel L. Jackson and Angela Bassett and professional surfer Kelly Slater.

Also sold were a New York Giants NFL helmet signed by Eli Manning; a two-seat Grand-Am Daytona Prototype ride from Mike Shank Racing at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course; and many race items donated by IndyCar and NASCAR drivers including five-time Sprint Cup champion Jimmie Johnson - and of course the helmet, shoes and gloves from Graham Rahal that started the whole endeavour in the first place.

Donations to the Dan Wheldon Family Trust Fund can still be made online through the Dan Wheldon Memorial website.



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Graham Rahal dons his racing suit and helmet in the Indianapolis pit lane [Picture credit: Dan Helrigel for IndyCar Media]
Graham Rahal on track during practice at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon. August 2011. [Photo credit; IndyCar Media]
Graham Rahal in pit road at Kentucky Speedway [Photo credit: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media]
The stage set for the memorial celebration. [Picture Credit: IndyCar Media]
Dan Wheldon at a press conference ahead of the Las Vegas race. [Picture Credit: IndyCar Media]
Dan Wheldon in pit lane at Vegas. [Picture Credit: IndyCar Media]
Dan Wheldon and his family, the day after winning the 2011 Indianapolis 500 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in May, 2011. [Picture credit; Bret Kelley for IndyCar Media]
Graham Rahal leads a group through the Turn 2 Keyhole turn during the Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Graham Rahal and his father, Bobby, celebrate in Victory Circle following their win in the Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio (Photo by: John Cote for IndyCar Media)
Podium celebrations for Graham Rahal and Justin Wilson after the Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio. (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Podium celebrations for Graham Rahal, Justin Wilson and Simon Pagenaud after the Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio. (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Graham Rahal sprays the champagne in Victory Lane following his victory in the Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio (Photo by: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)
Graham Rahal wins the Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio (Photo by: Bret Kelley for IndyCar Media)
Graham Rahal begins the celebration as he wins the Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio (Photo by: John Cote for IndyCar Media)
Conor Daly leads at the 2014 Dan Wheldon Memorial kart event   [pic credit: IndyCar Media/Chris Jones]
Juan Pablo Montoya, Marco Andretti, and Graham Rahal barrel into Turn 1 during practice for the Iowa Corn 300 at Iowa Speedway. (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Graham Rahal flashes across the start/finish line during practice for the ABC Supply Wisconsin 250 at The Milwaukee Mile (Photo by: Shawn Gritzmacher for IndyCar Media)
Marco Andretti, Tony Kanaan, and Graham Rahal go three-wide going into Turn 1 during the MAVTV 500 at Auto Club Speedway (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)

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Paul Craddock - Unregistered

January 16, 2012 10:38 PM

WOW! A phenomenal amount raised. What a top bloke Graham Rahal is. Glad i was able to do my little bit by winning an item in the auction. God bless DW & and I hope this gives his family security for their future.



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