Bo Jackson said that pacing the Verizon IndyCar Series field on the parade laps of the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama on April 7, 2013, in Honda's "Fastest Seat in Sports" two-seater "felt like it was Christmas morning."
The Heisman Trophy winner, who earlier in the year was named by ESPN as the Greatest Athlete of All Time after all-star careers in the NFL and Major League Baseball, was the grand marshal of the race at Barber Motorsports Park. Before his fast-paced ride on the twisting road course with two-time Indianapolis 500 winner Arie Luyendyk at the wheel, Jackson received a tour of the Dale Coyne Racing race car courtesy of driver Justin Wilson.
An autographed and framed photo of the meet and greet is among the featured items this week on the Wilson Children's Fund auction site. Wilson succumbed Aug. 24 to a head injury sustained in a race the previous day. Proceeds from the auction of racing, other sports and entertainment memorabilia and other items -- including 2016 race and golf tournament VIP packages -- will be directed to Wilson's family.
CLICK HERE to view and bid on unique items this week, including helmets signed by New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees and four-time Indy car champion Dario Franchitti, and a helmet worn by 2009 Formula One World Champion Jenson Button.
Additionally, a limited edition reproduction of 50 signed and numbered prints of noted artist Bill Patterson’s original work depicting Wilson’s final Indy car victory at Texas Motor Speedway in 2012 – painted live Aug. 31 at the Verizon IndyCar Series Championship Celebration – are available by clicking HERE, with $100 of each print sold contributed to the fund.
Tribute T-shirts are available by clicking HERE, with proceeds also directed to the fund.
Contributions can be made directly to the fund by clicking HERE or by mail to: Wilson Children’s Fund, c/o Forum Credit Union, PO Box 50738, Indianapolis, IN 46250-0738.