1987 Johnny O’Connell Formula Atlantic Race Used Helmet
Helmet worn by New Yorker Johnny O’Connell. He started racing in formula Vee and moved to the Formula Atlantic series in 1987, winning the Championship and Rookie of the Year that year. He also spent 1996/7 in the Indy Racing League, racing in the Indianapolis 500 and finishing in the top 10 in half of his 4 starts. He has seven class wins in the 12 Hours of Sebring, more than any other driver, and scored an overall title in 1994. Driving for Corvette Racing, he also won a number of class victories at the 24 Hours of Le Mans and the 24 Hours of Daytona and the 2003 GTS class driver’s championship.
This Bell helmet would have been used while competing in the 1987 Formula Atlantic Series, while driving a Ralt RT4/86 for McNeill Motorsports. It shows signs of heavy use. O’Connell would go on to win four races giving him the championship and the rookie of the year awards. The pearl white base color has O’Connell’s custom design of three lines of metallic red oblongs shadowed in black that run around the middle of the helmet.
This helmet was part of the Ron Burton Collection.