DOVER, Del., (Sept. 23, 2001) - Tony Stewart will donate the helmet and firesuit he plans to wear in today's MBNA Cal Ripken Jr. 400 at Dover Downs International Speedway to the "Auction for America" on the Internet auction site eBay. "Like many...
DOVER, Del., (Sept. 23, 2001) - Tony Stewart will donate the helmet and firesuit he plans to wear in today's MBNA Cal Ripken Jr. 400 at Dover Downs International Speedway to the "Auction for America" on the Internet auction site eBay.
"Like many Americans, we just wanted to do something to help the rescue and recovery efforts going on in New York City," said Stewart, driver of the #20 Home Depot Pontiac in the NASCAR Winston Cup Series. "We've seen some people shell out a good chunk of money for authentic pieces of racing memorabilia. So, we had a special helmet painted up specifically for that purpose. We weren't sure how we were going to auction it off until we saw what eBay was doing, then we figured we'd throw in the firesuit as well."
The "Auction for America" is a conjunctive effort between eBay, the State of New York and New York City, and it's an attempt to raise $100 million in 100 days for such noble causes as the United Way's "September 11th Fund".
Those wishing to participate will see 100 percent of their contribution go directly to the "Auction for America" effort. No matter how an individual contributes, eBay and eBay Online Payments will waive 100 percent of all related listing, final value and processing fees to help maximize the impact of a donation. VISA, MasterCard, Wells Fargo and Discover are also offering fee-free transaction processing online. This collective endeavor will ensure that millions of extra dollars go to relief charities rather than to pay processing fees.
Interested parties can simply log on to eBay.com on Monday and begin bidding on the helmet and the firesuit, which will be listed as separate items.
The helmet was designed and painted by motorsports artist and graphic designer Jason Beam. Beam paints many of the driver's helmets in the NASCAR Winston Cup Series, and has been painting Stewart's helmets since 1994, when Stewart was a regular on the USAC circuit. The helmet features a waving American flag behind the words "God Bless America", "Home of the Brave", "Land of the Free", and "United We Stand". The firesuit was made by Simpson, and it features all of Stewart's sponsors - most notably Home Depot, which made a $1 million donation to the "September 11th Fund" soon after last week's tragedies.