1989 George Snider Race Used Sprint Car Helmet
Helmet worn by American veteran Indy and Sprint car driver George ‘Ziggy’ Snider. Spent many seasons in the USAC Silver Crown series. Snider is also a 22-time starter of the Indianapolis 500 and made many starts driving for his good friend A.J. Foyt. Snider has the unfortunate record of competing in the most Indianapolis 500’s, without actually winning one, with his best finish being 8th in 1975. Often referred to as Ziggy Snider, George raced in Supermodified, Modified and Sprint cars in the early 1960’s and was particularly good on dirt-tracks. He was the 1971 USAC Silver Crown Champion and the 1981-1982 USAC Champ Car champion, the last “big car” championship to include pavement races other than the Indy 500. Since quitting active racing he was a successful team-owner in the USAC Silver Crown Series, but has since retired.
This helmet was worn during the 1998 USAC Sprint Car Season where he would have a win at Indianapolis Raceway Park; it has been photo-matched to being worn at Eldora Speedway (see pictures). The white helmet has a thick black band around the middle with two other black and gold thinner bands either side. Snider’s name is on the bottom of either side. Team sponsors ‘Skoal’ tobacco branding is to the sides and top front along with a Valvoline logo to the chin. The helmet also has its original USAC tech sticker applied.