1995 Franck Fréon RARE IndyCar Used Helmet
French driver Franck Fréon started racing motorcycles in his mid teens and began his career on four wheels in the French racing at Formula Renault and then Formula 3 from 1986 to 1990. Fréon then moved to the United States and participated in The Firestone Indy Lights Championship, from 1991 to 1993, having four wins, collecting a Rookie of the Year award and being Championship runner-up in 1992 and 1993. He then stepped up into the CART IndyCar Series, having four starts in 1994. The following year after starting at the Long Beach race Fréon attempted to qualify for the 1995 Indy 500 in outdated equipment. Almost making the field but eventually being bumped with a speed of224 mph. Freon was also driving endurance sportscars in the same period and had many successes in prototypes including a LMP2 class win in 1996. Fréon signed onto the Chevrolet Corvette factory team in 2000, winning at the 24 Hours of Daytona 2001. Franck continued his active racing career until retiring in 2003.
This stunning looking very rare Simpson Raptor helmet has been painted by Just Herm Designs. It features a florescent pink and white chequered top half. The bottom also in florescent pink has three white inline stars along the side and sponsor IGOL logo to the chin. These are divided with florescent yellow and metallic blue bands running around the middle with a SAR logo to both sides. The rear of the helmet has Fréon’s name in the blue band and another white star to the bottom. The helmet shows in-car use and may have been used by Fréon in test, practise or qualifying situation during the three events Fréon entered in 1995.
Simpson Raptor’s have an aerodynamic ‘squared off’ back added to it helmet. These helmets were only used in IndyCar during the 1995 season. They were then outlawed and banned by the CART’s governing body USAC.
This helmet was part of the Ron Burton Collection.