1992 Tony Bettenhausen Jr Race Worn Indy 500 Helmet
Simpson Shark helmet used by IndyCar veteran Tony Bettenhausen Jr. during the 1992 CART IndyCar Championship season. The youngest member of the Bettenhausen racing family, Tony started racing in stock and sprint cars before switching to open-wheel racing in 1979. Bettenhausen Jr. then took up team ownership in 1986. A veteran of eleven Indianapolis 500 classics, with a best finish of 7th in 1981, Tony Jr. last competed in the Indianapolis 500 as a driver in 1993. Sadly Bettenhausen Jr. along with his wife were tragically killed in a plane crash in 2000.
The helmet was used by Bettenhausen Jr., driving a Penske Chevrolet for his own Bettenhausen Racing organization, in the 6th of the sixteen races scheduled in 1992. The base color is white and has an orange, black-edged, five-pointed ‘star-like’ design running around the eye-port with the points extending around and over the top of the helmet. Bettenhausen Jr’s, ‘Tony B’ name is on both sides in black. On the top front, above the visor, is a team sponsor Amax decal. The helmet also has an Amax visor strip. The helmet retains its original USAC tech sticker from the Indy 500 that season.
This helmet comes from the famous Ron Burton Collection. The helmet is one of 170 helmets which were on display at the famous Union Jack Pub in Speedway (Indianapolis) Indiana. Ron Burton is a famous artist who often traded his paintings with drivers for one of their helmets. We are proud to offer this unique collection of many rare helmets and original artwork.
The helmet comes with a Certificate Of Authenticity.