JUPITER, Fla., Thursday, March 7, 2002 - Shane Lewis Racing announced today that Dean Ackerman, of Waterford, Michigan, has been chosen as the winner of the "Design Shane Lewis' Helmet" contest presented by TheRaceSite.com. Ackerman entered two ...
JUPITER, Fla., Thursday, March 7, 2002 - Shane Lewis Racing announced today that Dean Ackerman, of Waterford, Michigan, has been chosen as the winner of the "Design Shane Lewis' Helmet" contest presented by TheRaceSite.com. Ackerman entered two designs into the contest but the red, white and blue entry was Lewis' overall choice to wear during the 2002 race season.
Lewis found the choice a difficult one; "This had to be one of the toughest decisions I have made in racing! All the designs were great and it took me a long time to decide which one I thought captured what I wanted to 'say.' Dean did a terrific job of doing just that. The colors are very patriotic and that is very important to me. I have always driven cars and had helmets and uniforms which echo my feelings about this great country we live in. Dean did an incredible job and I appreciate his hard work."
The Stand 21 helmet, to be painted by Bill Cousins' Kuzzins Kustoms, is blue and white with a large, stylized, red 'S' on each side. It also has Lewis' name in a font-style created by Ackerman. The design shows Shane's patriotism as well as captures the spirit of the sport very well.
"TheRaceSite.com, Kuzzins Kustoms and Stand 21 need to be thanked for their donations," continued the Jupiter, Florida resident. "They really made this happen. The auction will help raise funds for children in need. So, when it is all said and done, I get a super-looking helmet, Dean gets to come to a race and, most importantly, we will all help some great kids."
The helmet will be auctioned at the end of the season with the proceeds going to an organization that buys wheelchairs for needy children. Ackerman will receive two-tickets and hospitality to any event that Lewis competes in this year.
"I want to thank everyone that sent an entry in," enthused Lewis. "There were a lot of designs and all of them were great! I wish I could have chosen them all and there are a few I might come back and use someday. It was obvious that people put a lot of thought and energy into this. That really means a lot to me."
Shane Lewis has been actively auto racing since 1989. He has won multiple races in the IMSA Supercar and SCCA Pro series, has podium finishes at Silverstone and Nurburgring in the American Le Mans Series (ALMS) and is a former Daytona Endurance Champion. Lewis has driven in 16 24-hour races including two 24 Hours of Le Mans, six 24 Hours of Daytona and has two overall and one class-victory at the 24 Hours of Nelson Ledges. He has raced in four Petit Le Mans, four Michelin One Lap of Americas and was the 1998 PROFESSIONAL SPORTS CAR RACING Rising Star award winner.