IRL: Vitor Meira to honor Brazilian architect

Vitor Meira to Tribute Brazilian Architect Oscar Niemeyer's 100th Birthday with Honorary Helmet Helmet to Be Auctioned at Conclusion of IndyCar Series Season MOTEGI, Japan. (April 18, 2007) -- Delphi Panther Racing driver Vitor Meira will honor...

Vitor Meira to Tribute Brazilian Architect Oscar Niemeyer's 100th Birthday with Honorary Helmet
Helmet to Be Auctioned at Conclusion of IndyCar Series Season

MOTEGI, Japan. (April 18, 2007) -- Delphi Panther Racing driver Vitor Meira will honor his hometown of Brasilia, Brazil and famous Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer during this weekend's Indy Japan 300 by wearing a helmet specially designed by the architect, in honor of his 100th birthday and the 47th anniversary of Brasilia.

Meira's helmet design is based on the arcs of the Palacio do Planalto, the Brazilian "White House", which is located in the heart of Brasilia. Niemeyer will turn 100 this coming December, and he and city planner Lucio Costa are responsible for transforming the capital of Brazil into Cultural Patrimony of the Humanity for UNESCO, since the year of 1987.

"My idea was to give homage to (Oscar) Niemeyer, but when I realized he was going to design the helmet for me, I realized he was the one giving me a great gift," Meira, who recently competed in the A1GP Series in Brazilian colors, said. "I take a lot of pride in my home country and my hometown of Brasilia, so this is a way of honoring a great man and a great city."

After the end of the IndyCar Series season the helmet will be auctioned and the income will be entirely donated to an institution that takes care of devoid children in Brasilia.

-credit: pr

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Series IndyCar
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