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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]
Will Power wheel-to-wheel with Graham Rahal (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Graham Rahal shows off the his new helmet prior to the morning warmup for the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma at Sonoma Raceway (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Graham Rahal gets strapped into his machine before the start of the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma at Sonoma Raceway (Photo by: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)
The nose cone of Grahan Rahal`s car on pit lane. (Photo by: Eric Anderson for IndyCar Media.)
Will Power, driver of the #12 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet IndyCar V6, races to a fourteenth-place finish Saturday, July 13, 2014 at the Iowa Speedway in Newton, Iowa. Power lost the championship points lead to teammate Helio Castroneves, driver of the #3 Hitachi Team Penske Chevrolet IndyCar V6, who finished eighth. (Photo by Dan Streck/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Graham Rahal on the frontstretch during practice at Pocono Raceway (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Graham Rahal and Will Power spray the champagne on the podium for Race 1 of the Chevrolet Indy Dual in Detroit (Photo by: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)
Ryan Hunter-Reay and Graham Rahal during driver introductions for the Indianapolis 500 (Photo by: Jim Haines for IndyCar Media)
Ryan Briscoe, Graham Rahal and Alex Tagliani (Photo by: Jim Haines 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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