Cupertino, Calif. – September 22, 2009 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – Ducati North America, Nicky Hayden and the Make-A-Wish Foundation are pleased to announce today a charity auction for the helmet Nicky wore en route to a podium finish at the Red Bull Indianapolis Grand Prix. Two weeks ago, at Nicky Hayden’s first Indianapolis race aboard a Ducati, Nicky unveiled this special helmet to celebrate what would be a historic moment. With his home crowd cheering him on, Nicky took his first podium of the year and his first podium while riding for Ducati.
The entire race weekend saw crowds cheering for Hayden at every turn and now he is offering the helmet he wore during the race to help the Make-A-Wish foundation enrich the lives of children during their greatest moments of need. This hand painted helmet is signed by Nicky and comes with a letter of authenticity from Starline Designers.
“I was really proud of how the helmet turned out for Indy and the vibe that it got,” said Nicky. “It was truly a very special helmet and it was an honor to wear. I know how lucky I am and feel that it’s my duty to try to give something back when possible. What better way than by helping make kids dreams come true. It1s great to be part of Make A Wish. I’ve been a part of their team for 5 years and have done some neat things which always puts smiles on faces! In honor of the new Nicky Hayden Edition 848, the opening bid on the helmet will be $848. The link to the auction is:
Ducati North America has held Make-A-Wish auctions at each of this year’s MotoGP Ducati Islands. Over $23,000 has been raised to date with all proceeds going directly to Make-A-Wish. Join Ducati North America and Nicky Hayden as we finish the year strong! Please feel free to contact Ducati North America via the E-Bay message system with any questions you have about this auction.