Ohio State University junior mechanical engineering major, Patrick Gallagher will never suit up for the Buckeyes and play in front of 106,000 screaming fans at “The Horseshoe.”
The 20-year-old from Thornville, Ohio, will, however, strap on a Buckeye helmet this June as he competes in his school’s colors at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in the 2013 SCCA Pro Mazda Playboy MX-5 Cup.
Gallagher and his C.J. Wilson Racing team will be competing at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio, from June 14-16. Gallagher is currently the leading rookie and is in fifth in the overall championship standings.
Gallagher is in his first year of competition in this ultra-competitive racing series and he hopes it will be the first step on his road to the top of professional sports car racing. For the fifth and sixth rounds of the championship, his team, CJ Wilson Racing, has created a very special helmet for him. Gallagher will wear a custom racing helmet that is designed to resemble the football helmets worn by the Buckeyes every Saturday in the fall. This special one-off design will then be signed and auctioned immediately after the event with all funds benefiting the Hematosis and Thrombosis Center at the Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus.