HVM's EJ Viso to commemorate his first Indy 500

HVM RACING'S E.J. VISO DEBUTS NEW HELMET FOR INDY 500 Indianapolis, IN (May 22, 2008) - In celebration of his first Indianapolis 500, HVM Racing driver E.J. Viso will be sporting a new helmet design for the famed race this Sunday. E.J. will...

HVM RACING'S E.J. VISO DEBUTS NEW HELMET FOR INDY 500

Indianapolis, IN (May 22, 2008) - In celebration of his first Indianapolis 500, HVM Racing driver E.J. Viso will be sporting a new helmet design for the famed race this Sunday. E.J. will debut this new design, Friday for the final practice session on Miller Lite Carb Day to ensure that the radio functions properly and the fit is comfortable enough for 500 miles. He will then wear the helmet for the race on Sunday and then promptly retire it the same day, as this helmet will be worn ONLY for the 92nd running of the Indy 500. It will remain a keepsake to commemorate E.J.'s first time participating in the "Greatest Spectacle in Racing."

The helmet was designed by E.J.'s cousin Juanco, from Milan, Italy, who is the artist behind all his helmets this year and painted by JLF Designs in the UK just as the others were. It keeps with the motif of the helmet worn for the first four races of the year, bearing a resemblance to the unique gold and green design with lucky charms woven into the pattern. The first helmet was called "Oval Dude" and this special Indy 500 version is named after EJ's perception of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway: "Square Oval". E.J. feels this is due to the fact that there are four DIFFERENT corners as opposed the two featured in a traditional oval.

The design includes very sharp edges symbolizing each of the 90 degree corners of the Speedway finishing with a letter "V" at the front. At the back the brickyard is blue to represent the water that was present in last year's great wet race. Finally, on the sides there are waves representing the water and the sea, which are the only places where E.J. really feels at home.

E.J. Viso:

"This helmet incorporates the same elements that were on my first one this year, with the lucky symbols from around the world. You can once again find the Chinese symbol of power, strength, and energy, and as always a small cross underneath the visor. I always will have a cross in the design which is a tradition that my mother started when she gave me small crosses to carry around in my pocket as a small child. Of course there is the row of bricks to illustrate the unique feature of this track, and the back of the helmet says ‘Indy 500 2008' along with my name and number. The lines on this helmet are much sharper, which is how I see it. It has very sharp turns in comparison with the other ovals I have raced on thus far and it's more of a square. This entire month has been such a wonderful experience, so I decided to do something special and wear a helmet to celebrate my first Indy 500."

There will be a third helmet unveiled at Milwaukee the following weekend that E.J. will rotate with "Oval Dude" after he retires the Indy 500 helmet and will be another evolution of his trademark design.

-credit: hvm

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Series IndyCar
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