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Photo: IndyCar Driver Graham Rahal Is Wearing An Incredible Ohio State Football-Themed Helmet This Weekend

Ohio State's football program will have a presence at the Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio, this weekend. 

IndyCar driver Graham Rahal has revealed to Tim May of the Columbus Dispatch that he'll be wearing an awesome Ohio State-themed helmet while he races this weekend. 

Here's a look at the helmet. 

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More on the helmet:

It was done by designer Austin Polen with an assist from Ohio State football director of player personnel Mark Pantoni, who provided facsimiles of the decals, such as the Buckeyes leaves and color schemes.

“I had this concept that, with Ohio State having won the national championship and us being in the championship battle here, it would be fun to come home and do something I haven’t done before,” Rahal said. “This thing, it is very accurate.”

The helmet bears the No. 15, a reference to Rahal’s car number and also the jersey number of standout running back Ezekiel Elliott. It is adorned with 18 Buckeye leaves, symbolic of Rahal’s 18 career podium finishes as an IndyCar driver.

Based on how well things have gone lately for Ohio State's football program, you can expect Rahal to be victorious this weekend. 

[Dispatch]