Unique Sebring Celebration For Lewis

JUPITER, Fla., Monday, November 12, 2001 -- Shane Lewis, TheRaceSite.com and Stand 21 are putting out the call to all aspiring artists and race fans to design the paint scheme that will adorn Lewis' helmet in the 50th Anniversary of the SuperFlo 12 Hours of Sebring. The three-time Sebring participant will go through the entries and choose the design that he feels best reflects his personality behind the wheel and will wear that design for the historic event. The helmet, a Stand 21 USA F21 Double Duty helmet donated by Stand 21 USA, will then be auctioned-off with proceeds going to charity.

"I am pretty excited about this," offered the Jupiter, Fla. resident. "When Wayne (Nonnamaker, editor of TheRaceSite.com) came to me with the idea I just thought it was awesome! A helmet means a lot to a driver and very often their helmet design becomes a part of their identity. We can all recognize certain drivers by just seeing their helmets. The chance to help a fitting charity with the proceeds from the auction was ideal. I am very proud to get the chance to be a part of this. The fact that it will be worn in one of my favorite races, the 12 Hours of Sebring, during its 50th anniversary is just icing on the cake."

Not only will the winning fan get the excitement of seeing their design on an actual racing helmet, but they will also be treated to a spectacular day at the American Le Mans Series race of his or her choice. As Lewis' special guest, the winner will receive two VIP passes to the track, deluxe hospitality, have the chance to meet Lewis and the team as well as have their name and design displayed on TheRaceSite.com.

Though Lewis will only chose one design to have painted onto his helmet, the winning artist will not be the only contest participant to receive a prize for their effort. A number of honorable mentions will be chosen and those entries will also receive a prize and have their names posted on TheRaceSite.com.

"I want to thank Wayne and Helenè (Jonsson, Stand 21 North American vice-president and operating manager) for doing this," said Lewis. "Their participation has made this possible and I thank them for asking me to join in. This should be a lot of fun and I think everyone will be a winner^Å the winning artist gets a once in a lifetime day at the track, a deserving charity takes home the proceeds and I get a new helmet design. I am looking forward to picking the winner and then wearing the helmet at Sebring. Let the designing begin!"

Fans can enter the "Design Shane Lewis' Helmet Contest" by going to TheRaceSite.com and then by following the links to the official entry blank and helmet outline.

For more on Shane Lewis please see www.ShaneLewis.com. To read the latest in sports car racing news and to enter, please visit www.TheRaceSite.com.

Shane Lewis has been actively auto racing since 1989. During that time he has won three IMSA Supercar races, three SCCA Pro races, the Daytona Endurance Championship, driven in two 24 Hours of Le Mans, four 24 Hours of Daytona, three Petit Le Mans, four Michelin One Lap of Americas and was named the 1998 PROFESSIONAL SPORTS CAR RACING Rising Star. Lewis has successfully raced for Riley & Scott Europe, Pilbeam Racing America, Mosler Automotive, Saleen, BMW, in Team Cascadia's LMP Lola and most recently for MCR and Aspen Knolls Racing. He is considered one of the sports' best development and race drivers and is always a favorite among the fans. Lewis is one of the few drivers to compete in all four classes of cars currently running in the ALMS: LMP, LMP 675, GTS and GT class.

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