Takuma Sato's 2014 Indianapolis 500 Race Helmet Auction
佐藤琢磨  2014 INDY500スペシャルヘルメット・チャリティオークション


A chance to own a piece of racing history!

That opportunity for race fans and serious collectors alike is here!  Driver Takuma Sato is putting his race-worn helmet, especially designed for the 500, up for auction. The helmet's red, white and blue scheme echoes Sato's distinctive cap but also integrates elements from Japan's only IndyCar Race winner and the Speedway's first Four-time Indy 500 winner AJ Foyt, who owns the number 14 IndyCar Sato Will Drive May 25 th .

In addition to Sato's name and the Japanese flag, the helmet features Sato's car number-14-plus bricks to represent the historic Speedway nicknamed 'The Brickyard.' The four white stars atop the helmet were included as a tribute to Foyt's four Indy victories as a driver.

This helmet was introduced to the media on Thursday, May 15 to fantastic reception by the media.  It was first worn for practice on Friday, May 16.  It also worn for all of the qualifying and practice through Carburation Day.  It was also worn in the race.
"I think this helmet design is really cool, so I am looking forward to challenging in the Indy 500 with it," said Sato. "To develop the design concept, I had several discussions with the designer, who has also designed our TS official goods (INCLUDING my driver's cap). He came up with this wonderful design, which represents my wishes and challenging spirit."
The helmet was autographed by Sato and team owner and Four-time Indy 500 winner AJ Foyt, immediately following the race on Sunday.   The helmet still has the oil, rubber and debris from the race, it has not been cleaned.  Proceeds from the auction will benefit the "With you Japan" charity, which Sato founded to help the victims of the 2011 tsunami that wreaked havoc on the island country. 







オークションの収益は、佐藤琢磨が立ち上げた「With you Japan」を通じて



Takuma Sato Signing the helmet immediately following the 2014 Indy 500


Takuma Sato's signed helmet by AJ Foyt and Takuma Sato himself

With you Japan
Mission Statement
On March 11, 2011, a magnitude 9.0 earthquake hit Japan and unleashed a tsunami that damaged nuclear reactors in the area. Today residents are still recovering from the disaster. With you Japan was created by Takuma Sato following the disaster in Japan, when he recognized the amount of support that the children in Japan would need for many years to come.
These young survivors still require our support as they continue to cope with losing members of their family and their homes.
All proceeds raised to help empower local childcare professionals in Japan to provide care to thousands of these children as they moved forward with their lives.

With you Japan