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$556K Raised So Far Through Justin Wilson Charity Auctions

The first month of eBay auctions in support of the Justin Wilson Children’s Fund have generated $482,144.94 through donated 411 items. Along with the $24,000 raised by 2012 Verizon IndyCar Series champion Ryan Hunter-Reay, who auctioned one of his custom racing helmets at a Yellow Party charity fundraiser, and the $50,000 raised in a similar private helmet auction by Graham Rahal, the total received so far for Wilson’s wife and daughters has reached $556,144.94.

With two weeks left to go in the six-week auction, fans still have the items contained in this week’s offerings, and those due to post next Monday to acquire. Of note, IndyCar fans have a chance to win the right to name Grace Autosport’s Indy 500 entry for next year’s 100th running of the great race, and IndyCar legend Arie Luyendyk has donated a helmet featuring autographs from 18 Indy 500 winners. 

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NASCAR fans can bid on a signed driving suit from Dale Earnhardt Jr, Formula 1 fans have an amazing opportunity to receive a tour of McLaren’s Technical Centre in England, and items from Formula E, Global Rallycross, and other series are also represented among the active auctions.

At approximately 6 p.m. PT on Monday, the final batch of items will go live where some of the most exclusive memorabilia will be made available. The Le Mans-winning Corvette Racing team has sent a piece of rear bodywork from a Corvette C7.R to Auction Cause, which has facilitated the charity drive on behalf of eBay and Graham Rahal. 

And in an effort to help raise more money, Corvette Racing stepped in to aid their English rivals at Aston Martin Racing while AMR was in America by crating and shipping a signed piece of V8 Vantage bodywork that will duel for bids with the C7.R panel.

Along with the prized GT bodywork, Wilson's former RuSPORT Champ Car team manager Jeremy Dale has pulled from his personal memorabilia collection to contribute one of Wilson's race-worn driving suits and a pair of racing boots used by his dear friend. The suit and both shoes were signed by Wilson before going into Dale's collection, and Wilson's wife Julia approved their donation.

Close to $600,000 is expected to be raised by the close of the auction.

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