2003 Bryan Herta Signed Race Used Winston West Nascar Helmet
Race-used helmet worn by American driver Bryan Herta in his one and only Nascar sanctioned race in 2003.
Bryan Herta is a former American driver who currently runs his own team, Bryan Herta Autosport, and also owns the number 98 Andretti Autosport IndyCar in the NTT IndyCar Series. He became a winning Indy 500 team owner after victories in the 2011 Indianapolis 500 with driver Dan Wheldon and the 2016 Indianapolis 500 with driver Alexander Rossi. He is also the father of IndyCar Series rising young star Colton Herta.
Herta won the 1993 Indy Lights Championship and graduated to IndyCar racing in 1994 with A. J. Foyt Racing, where he had several promising races before suffering a season-ending injury at Toronto. He also finished a respectable 9th and 13th in his first two Indy 500 starts of 94 and 95 before the series split in 96. During the next few years, Herta developed a reputation for his prowess on road courses, especially at Laguna Seca Raceway. In 1996, he was the leader until the last lap, when Alex Zanardi made the spectacular pass through the “Corkscrew” chicane and took the victory. Herta, who rarely qualified below the first row at Laguna Seca, finally won two events on the twisty road course in 1998 and 1999. At the height of Herta’s career, fan interest in the Shell-sponsored driver was dubbed by team owner David Letterman as “Hertamania.”
From 2000 to 2003, Herta drove for a variety of Champ Car teams including Forsythe Championship Racing, Mo Nunn Racing, and PK Racing, In 2002 Herta drove an F1 car for the first time, piloting a Minardi at the “Thunder in the Park” event held at Donington Park.
After dabbling in sports cars, he revitalized his open-wheel racing career by substituting for an injured Dario Franchitti halfway through the 2003 IRL season. In just his third IRL start, Herta picked up his first IndyCar Series win at Kansas Speedway for Andretti Green Racing. He was retained in an expanded four-car squad in 2004, usually running development engines. On July 31, 2005, Herta took his second IndyCar Series win, defeating AGR teammate Dan Wheldon in a close finish in the Firestone Indy 400 at the Michigan International Speedway. For the next few years he was part of “The Super Team” which saw many championships and race wins for the 4 Andretti drivers, Dan Wheldon, Tony Kanaan, Dario Franchitti and Herta. A move to ALMS in Sportscars gave Herta some more podiums and a class win at Sebring before he hung up his helmet for good in 2008.
This helmet comes from Bryan Herta’s personal collection and has been hand-signed by him in black marker pen.
The helmet comes with a Certificate Of Authenticity.