Proceeds from Ebay (USGP) auction benefit children

CHILDREN OF TRAGEDY VICTIMS TO BENEFIT FROM F1 AUCTIONS Driver helmets, suits to be auctioned on eBay to help terrorist attack victims INDIANAPOLIS, Monday, Oct. 29, 2001 - Auctions of Formula One driver suits and helmets - all but one used by...

CHILDREN OF TRAGEDY VICTIMS TO BENEFIT FROM F1 AUCTIONS
Driver helmets, suits to be auctioned on eBay to help terrorist attack victims

INDIANAPOLIS, Monday, Oct. 29, 2001 - Auctions of Formula One driver suits and helmets - all but one used by F1 superstars at the second annual SAP United States Grand Prix at Indianapolis Motor Speedway - will start Wednesday, Oct. 31 at eBay.com, with all proceeds going to charities that assist children of victims of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on the United States.

All 22 drivers who competed in the SAP United States Grand Prix on Sept. 30 donated a helmet or driver's suit for the auction. Most items were donated immediately after the race.

The list of items includes safety equipment worn by all three USGP podium finishers, including winner Mika Hakkinen's driver's suit, Michael Schumacher's helmet and David Coulthard's driver's suit. Seven drivers have donated items that were used at both the USGP and the season-ending Japanese Grand Prix on Oct. 14.

The only item that was not actually worn during the USGP is a helmet autographed by Benetton team driver Jenson Button. The helmet served as a backup for the weekend.

Each item will be listed in a separate auction at the popular online auction site, www.ebay.com. Direct links to all of the auction listings are available on the official site of the SAP United States Grand Prix, www.usgpindy.com. Auctions will start by team in a staggered format beginning at 10 a.m. (EST, -5 GMT) Oct. 31 with the Ferrari driver items. Each auction will last for 10 days from the time it begins, ending Nov. 10.

All donations were coordinated through the Grand Prix Drivers Association and Indianapolis Motor Speedway President and CEO Tony George.

"Thanks to these generous donations from members of the GPDA, F1 fans have the opportunity to purchase very unique pieces of Formula One history and simultaneously lend support to children who tragically lost parents due to the attacks on the America," George said. "We were pleased that the SAP United States Grand Prix successfully served as an entertaining escape from the realities of the moment, and now thanks to the cooperation of the GPDA and eBay, we can do our part to help rebuild lives of children touched by these tragedies."

According to USA Today, New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani estimated that as many as 10,000 children lost a parent in the attacks on the World Trade Center. At least a dozen men killed in the WTC are survived by a pregnant wife.

Each Grand Prix driver helmet or suit won in the auctions will come with a certificate of authenticity from the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. A charitable contribution tax deduction may be available for collectors who purchase these items. The deduction would be equal to the excess of what is paid over the fair market value of each item. See eBay for more details.

All of the items available in these special charity auctions are on display at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hall of Fame Museum through the end of the auctions Nov. 10. <pre> The following items will go on auction Oct. 31 at eBay.com:

Driver                  Item
Michael Schumacher      Helmet
Rubens Barrichello      Driver's suit
Mika Hakkinen           Driver's suit
David Coulthard         Driver's suit
Ralf Schumacher         Helmet
Juan Pablo Montoya      Driver's suit
Giancarlo Fisichella    Helmet
Jenson Button           Helmet
Olivier Panis           Driver's suit
Jacques Villeneuve      Driver's suit
Jean Alesi              Driver's suit
Jarno Trulli            Driver's suit
Jos Verstappen          Driver's suit
Enrique Bernoldi        Driver's suit
Nick Heidfeld           Driver's suit
Kimi Raikkonen          Driver's suit
Eddie Irvine            Driver's suit
Pedro de la Rosa        Driver's suit
Fernando Alonso         Driver's suit
Alex Yoong              Driver's suit
Heinz-Harald Frentzen   Driver's suit
Tomas Enge              Driver's suit

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