Originally written on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 10/2/14

JOLIET, IL- AUGUST 28: Graham Rahal, driver of the #02 McDonald's Racing Team Newman Hass Lanigan Racing Dallara Honda, drives in front of Robert Doornbos, driver of the #33 HVM Racing Dallara Honda, during practice for the IRL IndyCar Series PEAK Antifreeze & Motor Oil Indy 300 on August 28, 2009 at the Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Illinois. (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)
It started with a small gesture by Graham Rahal, who wanted to raise money for Dan Wheldon's family by auctioning off his helmet from the IndyCar season finale. He announced his intentions on Twitter and the response from the motorsports community was immediate and overwhelming. It didn't take Rahal long to realize he alone couldn't handle the outpouring of support for Wheldon, the two-time Indianapolis 500 winner killed in the Oct. 16 race at Las Vegas. More than $200,000 had been raised by Wednesday, the ninth day of the auction, with many big ticket items yet to be posted. One hundred percent of the proceeds will go to a trust fund established by IndyCar for Wheldon's wife and two young sons. ''I thought we would have a lot of support and a pretty good turnout of people saying 'We'll give this' or 'We'll give that,' but for it to get as large as it has - nobody ever expected this,'' Rahal said Wednesday. ''It's been pretty cool. I think it shows how tightknit the sports commu...
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