By: Tanner Watkins
January 8, 2020 | 6:00 PM
In wake of the troubling images of wildfire coming out of Australia recently, Andretti Autosport’s Alexander Rossi is trying to do his part in efforts of relief for the country.
Rossi is auctioning his race-worn helmet used during the Bathurst 1000 race held at Mt. Panorama Circuit last October. Rossi’s appearance in the Australian SuperCars race was his first trip to Bathurst, and a unique opportunity to share a car with fellow IndyCar veteran James Hinchcliffe.
On the trip, Rossi took a liking to the wildlife and developed a special affinity for the thousands of animals that dot the country’s landscape – the same animals who have been caught in the crosshairs of Australia’s most devastating natural disaster in recent memory.
Joining the likes of other notable athletes and organizations donating to the relief efforts, Rossi has decided to put his Bathurst 1000 helmet up for auction on eBay – where all of the proceeds will be donated to Wires Wildfire Rescue. You can learn more about Wires Wildfire Rescue by visiting their homepage at https://www.wires.org.au/.
As for the auction, the helmet has generated 20 bids in the first three hours of its listing – which started at $500. The helmet’s auction on eBay will end during the afternoon on Monday, where the purchase price is expected to soar past the MSRP of the ARAI GP-6RC model – which is $3,995.95.
The helmet was used for practice, qualifications, and the race itself. Additionally, the back of the helmet has been signed by Rossi and dated to commemorate the Bathurst start, which saw the No. 27 Hinchcliffe/Rossi effort finish 19th in their maiden “1000” start.
You can find the link to the auction itself here. The item will be sent to the lucky buyer without any shipping charges.