Justin Wilson Painting by Motorsports Artist Bill Patterson to be Auctioned Online to Benefit Wilson Children’s Fund
A painting commemorating the late IndyCar Series driver Justin Wilson by renowned motorsports artist Bill Patterson will be created during this weekend’s Pirelli World Challenge/Mazda Road to Indy event at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca and then auctioned through Auction Cause to benefit The Wilson Children’s Fund.
Mazda Raceway will also honor Wilson by providing No. 25 helmet decals for all competitors, a check presentation by Mazda, and a moment of silence during pre-race activities for Sunday’s Indy Lights race.
Wilson, 37, succumbed to injuries Aug. 24 sustained the day before during the Verizon IndyCar Series race at Pocono (Pa.) Raceway. He is survived by his wife, Julia, and two daughters. The Wilson Children’s Fund (justinwilson.co.uk) was established to help facilitate donations being made on behalf of his children.
The native of England first competed at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in the 2004 Champ Car Series race. Most recently, he drove a 1967 Porsche 911S in last month’s Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion at Mazda Raceway and was scheduled to participate later this month in the Porsche Rennsport Reunion V.
“There are no words to express the impact that Justin had not only on our hearts but on this industry,” said Gill Campbell, CEO and General Manager of Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. “His memory will be enriched by his children and this is for them.”
Patterson is a world-class motion sports artist who is well known in the international motor racing world. He is the official artist at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca and is seen at tracks and events around the world performing live art and showing his studio and live works. He will create the painting, based on the car Wilson drove to his open wheel victory in the Champ Car race at Toronto in 2005, throughout the weekend in an open air space located in the raceway’s paddock area for all to see its progress.
Auction Cause (auctioncause.com) is the leader in cause marketing campaigns, branding, and fundraising on eBay. Fellow IndyCar driver Graham Rahal spearheaded the auction that begins Sept. 14 with helmets donated by the competitors in the season finale IndyCar race last month in Sonoma. The painting and other motorsports memorabilia from around the world will be auctioned beginning Sept. 21. The goal is to raise more than $1 million for the Wilson Children’s Fund.
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