IMSA fan Michael Goodwin has completed his latest charity sign project after securing autographs from the entire field of drivers at last week’s Rolex 24 At Daytona.
The generous Florida-based contractor, whose popular self-made sports car signs have been donated as fundraising items for Rett Syndrome via Tequila Patron ESM driver Ryan Dalziel and more recently for the Wilson Children’s Fund, which raised $3,600, used a reclining image of Formula 1 driver Fernando Alonso for his 2018 sign.
After spending multiple days at the Roar Before the 24 and Rolex 24 to secure all of the necessary signatures, Goodwin will use the Alonso-themed sign for another round of charity fundraising support.
“I do this for fun to meet the drivers, meet people, and this event is special,” he told RACER. “Other races I got to, it’s to spectate and take pictures, and here, we can do something special. It’s better going for something good instead of sitting in my garage collecting dust. My wife hates them. She says I’m 43 years old and should know better, so I’d rather they go to something good.”
Goodwin says Alonso took a liking to the recreation of his infamous trackside lounging experience when his McLaren-Honda F1 car failed in Brazil.
“Fernando liked the sign when I saw him,” he added. “I didn’t know what he’d think of it, but he had a chuckle and signed it. After him relaxing in a chair became a popular meme for two years, he liked having an actual sign with him taking it easy.”