INDIANAPOLIS, Monday, Oct. 1, 2001 - The Grand Prix Drivers Association (GPDA) is coordinating the donation of helmets and driver's suits of Formula One drivers participating in the SAP United States Grand Prix for auction to benefit children of...
INDIANAPOLIS, Monday, Oct. 1, 2001 - The Grand Prix Drivers Association (GPDA) is coordinating the donation of helmets and driver's suits of Formula One drivers participating in the SAP United States Grand Prix for auction to benefit children of victims of the terrorist attacks on the United States.
Michael Schumacher, David Coulthard and Jarno Trulli pledged the gifts in a ceremony with Tony George, president and CEO of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, shortly before the start of the SAP United States Grand Prix on Sunday at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
George will collect the helmets and uniforms from the Grand Prix Drivers Association and will arrange for sale or auction of the items to realize the maximum proceeds for the surviving children of the Sept. 11 attacks.
"This is a gracious gesture on the part of the drivers," George said. "Formula One fans around the world will have an opportunity to help the survivors of the attacks by purchasing these special items."
The following drivers have already donated these items for charity:
Driver Item Michael Schumacher Helmet Giancarlo Fisichella Helmet Rubens Barrichello Driver's suit Jenson Button Helmet Mika Hakkinen Driver's suit Olivier Panis Driver's suit David Coulthard Driver's suit Jacques Villeneuve Driver's suit Jarno Trulli Driver's suit Enrique Bernoldi Driver's suit Jean Alesi Driver's suit Nick Heidfeld Driver's suit Ralf Schumacher Helmet Kimi Raikkonen Driver's suit Juan Pablo Montoya Driver's suit
The remaining Formula One drivers - Fernando Alonso, Tomas Enge, Heinz-Harald Frentzen, Eddie Irvine, Pedro de la Rosa, Jos Verstappen and Alex Yoong - will donate their helmet, driver's suit or other items after the final race of the 2001 season, the Japanese Grand Prix on Oct. 14, George said.