The Verizon IndyCar Series have returned helmets belonging to Sarah Fisher, Helio Castroneves, Ed Carpenter and Ryan Hunter Reay that were stolen from a Verizon IndyCar Series fan experience transporter at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway eight years ago.
Helmets belonging to former Verizon IndyCar Series driver Danica Patrick and the late Dan Wheldon were also stolen and returned to IndyCar.
Speaking about getting her helmet back Fisher who has since retired from racing but remains involved in the Verizon IndyCar Series as the official pace car driver commented by saying:
I never thought I would see it again, I see so many signatures on here of people that I recognize and fans that were welcoming me back, I remember the line for (people waiting to sign) this helmet. It was my comeback helmet, my first race back after having driven some stock cars for Richard Childress. Dennis Reinbold put me back in an Indy car in 2006. It was such a quick turnaround; I didn’t have time to paint a helmet. My husband now, Andy (O’Gara), had this great idea to take my helmet to the autograph session and have the fans sign it so that it would kind of be painted.
Fisher revealed that the helmet will now take pride of place at her and Andy’s Speedway Indoor Karting facility saying:
It will be front and center in the (karting facility) case, so I can share it with everyone who was a part of it.
It is unclear what led to the recovery of the helmets.