F1 drivers donate for US victims

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.

-IMS_

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Series Charity , Formula 1
Drivers Juan Pablo Montoya