JUPITER, Fla., Monday, December 17, 2001 -- Bill Cousins has added his company, Kuzzins Kustoms, as a backer of the helmet design contest created by Shane Lewis, TheRaceSite.com and Stand 21 to celebrate the 50th annual Mobil1 12 Hours at Sebring, presented by Dodge. Cousins, of Harmony, Pa., is a custom helmet painter for many of racing's great drivers and, today, donated his skills to the contest. The design, to be chosen by Lewis from entries submitted at TheRaceSite.com, will be custom painted by Cousins, worn by Lewis in the historic endurance event and then auctioned off for charity following the grueling American Le Mans Series event. The Stand 21 USA F21 Double Duty helmet was donated by Helenè Jonsson of Stand 21 North America. TheRaceSite.com is hosting the contest.
"We have painted helmets for Shane before," commented Cousins on his reason for donating his talents to the charity contest. "When I read about this I just thought it was great of Shane, TheRaceSite and Stand 21 to do and we wanted to be a part of it. This is a truly unique and special way to help and it is no surpsie to me at all that Shane would do this. He is like that; quietly going about doing the right thing."
"I am just overwhelmed with the amount of interest that the fans and the suppliers have given to this contest," offered Lewis. "To have Bill onboard is just a great addition for us. We know that the paint job that Kuzzins Kustoms puts on this Stand 21 helmet will make everyone proud. Bill will be able to do justice to the vision that the artist has. When Wayne (Nonnamaker of TheRaceSite) and I began talking about this I never expected it to grow this much this fast. The choice is going to be tough because we have received an awful lot of entries already and they are all great. But I hope that everyone will enter because this is for a good cause."
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. All designs must be submitted no later than January 30th, 2002 to be eligible for consideration. The design chosen will not only get to see their concept used by Lewis but will also enjoy VIP treatment at the ALMS race of their choice during the 2002 season.
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.
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. To see Bill Cousin's art, please visit www.KuzzinsKustoms.com.