ITEM OF THE WEEK 1989 Mario Andretti Race Used Newman Haas Racing Bell XFM-1 Indy 500 Helmet
Bell XFM-1 helmet used during Andretti’s 1989 season while driving for Newman/Haas Racing. The helmet still has its original radio attached, as well as two pop off valves and the slide bar. Andretti would score 4 podium finishes that year and finished 6th in the overall drivers’ standings for the season. The helmet was used at many races including the Indy 500.
The incomparable Mario Andretti is the only driver in history to have won the Indianapolis 500 (1969), the Daytona 500 (1967) and a Formula One World Championship (1978), and he is in select company with many other motorsports accomplishments.
The patriarch of the famous Andretti racing family, Andretti won four IndyCar Championships (three under the USAC banner, one with CART), and is the sport’s record-holder for career starts (407), poles (67), laps led (7,595), second-place finishes (56) and podium finishes (144).
Andretti’s victory in the 1978 Dutch Grand Prix stands as the last F1 race won by an American driver, and he and Juan Pablo Montoya are the only drivers to have competed in NASCAR, F1 and the Indianapolis 500.
Andretti remains second only to A.J. Foyt in career IndyCar wins (with 52), with 24 of those coming from pole position.
Andretti scored his first IndyCar race win in 1965 — at Indianapolis Raceway Park — and later that year started a streak of seven consecutive poles that carried over into the 1966 season, all in his Dean Van Lines entry. Andretti would go on to win the USAC National Championship (today known as the IndyCar Championship) in his first two seasons, 1965 and 66, and would add two more titles in 1969 and 1984.
Race-used items from Mario Andretti’s exceptional career are very hard to come by, so don’t miss out on this rare opportunity to add one to your collection today.
The helmet comes with a Certificate Of Authenticity.