The Ohio State University will be in action this weekend, but not for any spring tune-ups ahead of the 2013 Buckeyes football season.
In one of the more innovative link-ups in racing in recent years, Ohio State student and Playboy Mazda MX-5 Cup driver Patrick Gallagher will wear a Buckeye helmet this weekend at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio.
Gallagher, 20, is a junior mechanical engineering major at Ohio State, and a full-time driver for Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim pitcher CJ Wilson in the No. 28 MAZDASPEED Motorsports CJ Wilson Racing MX-5 car.
The helmet was created by the talented livery designer Andy Blackmore and was finished and delivered being hand painted by Tyler Cenarusa of Censport Graphics. The retail value of this one-off helmet is approximately $3000.
It will be signed and auctioned immediately after the event with all funds benefiting the Hematosis and Thrombosis Center at the Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus.