NASCAR & Auto Racing

Graham Rahal helps Ohio camp with Newman helmet

INDIANAPOLIS - Graham Rahal raised $40,900 in an online charity auction of an autographed race helmet displaying Paul Newman movie posters.

The actor, who died Sept. 26, was a co-owner of Rahal's IndyCar Series team.

The money will go to Flying Horse Farms, a 200-acre site in Mount Gilead, Ohio, that will open in 2010 as Ohio's first Hole in the Wall Camp for seriously ill children. The 120-child camp will include a medical center and buildings devoted to aquatics, horseback riding and other activities. Newman founded the camps more than 20 years ago.

Rahal said Tuesday that Newman set an example by giving back. He says he hopes the actor would have been proud of what he was able to accomplish.

Rahal, son former Indy winner Bobby Rahal, wore the helmet in a race at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in July.