London - An auction dedicated to the late British racing driver Dan Wheldon has raised more than $600 000 that will go to his wife and two young sons.
The final total of $627 203 was released on Friday by organisers of the Dan Wheldon Auction. The two-time Indianapolis 500 winner was killed in an accident in the October 16 IndyCar season finale.
IndyCar driver Graham Rahal announced after the accident that he would auction his helmet from the race and donate the proceeds to Wheldon's wife, Susie. As word spread about his gesture, the racing community began donating items for Rahal to auction.
Within a few days, the auction grew too big for Rahal to handle alone. It was taken over by eBay, which waived all fees, and Auction Cause, an auction management agency.