1988 Tom Sneva Indy 500 Race Used Helmet
After qualifying in fourteenth place for the 1988 Indy 500, the ‘83 race winner Tom Sneva found himself in second place after blowing past twelve other cars. On lap thirty-two while vying for the lead, his Hemelgarn Racing/Pizza Hut Lola handling suddenly changed and Sneva found himself fighting the car trying to keep it on the track. But he brushed the wall and damaged the rear suspension ending his promising run. This is the helmet he wore (see photo-matched pictures) while making that run in the 1988 Indy 500.
The white Bell helmet has a red panel surrounding the eyeport and a blue band running around the chin and up both sides Sneva’s name is in this band in red and white. The top of the helmet has two thinner bands one red one blue around the crown. There are also some ‘Tom Sneva UCA’ logos to both rear sides of the helmet. The pop-off valve pipe and fitting is still attached as is the USAC tech sticker.