When you look at the helmets of Richard Childress Racing drivers, you get a glimpse of their personal style. Each is unique and most either have a story or inspiration that is connected to the design.
Sports have been a part of Brendan Gaughan’s life for as long as he can remember. It has shaped him and molded the racer, businessman and sports junkie you see today.
“My father would have supported me no matter what I wanted to do. I could have said I want to be a ballerina. He would have shaken his head, bought me a tutu and been at my practice.” Gaughan said.
Luckily for us, all the Gaughan family grew up racing and playing football.
The Las Vegas native attended Georgetown University from 1994 to 1997 which started out as a football scholarship. He majored in business and spent a majority of his spare time on the football field or basketball court.
“All throughout my career I have just had helmets that befit my mood or things that are special to me,” Gaughan said. “The Georgetown helmet is very special to me.”
This particular helmet features a hand painted design by Beam Designs which incorporates Georgetown architecture and history as well as football, one of the prime reasons Gaughan attended the historic university.
The helmet features the National Historic landmark Healy Hall that was built in the late 1800s. The building became famous in pop culture as a prominent background for the film The Exorcist in 1973 and again The Exorcist III in 1990.
The back of his helmet it features John Carroll, founder of Georgetown. Carroll was a bishop in the 1700s and petitioned the Vatican to build the first Catholic University in America.
Gaughan has always taken his love for Georgetown University seriously and incorporated into his everyday racing career. He still wears his Georgetown basketball practice jersey under his firesuit for practically every race and is quick to tell stories about his time with guys like Allen Iverson and John Thompson.
“My time at Georgetown University was an important time in my life. I never want to forget those years because they’ve made me who I am today.”