Texas: Tony Raines honors military

RAINES' TEXAS HELMET HONORS MILITARY "Military Tribute" Helmet Designed by Renowned Artist David Arrigo FORT WORTH, TEXAS, (April 15, 2007) -- Tony Raines, driver of the No. 96 DLP HDTV Chevrolet for Hall of Fame Racing, will wear a...

RAINES' TEXAS HELMET HONORS MILITARY
"Military Tribute" Helmet Designed by Renowned Artist David Arrigo

FORT WORTH, TEXAS, (April 15, 2007) -- Tony Raines, driver of the No. 96 DLP HDTV Chevrolet for Hall of Fame Racing, will wear a helmet with a special "Military Tribute" paint scheme in Sunday's Samsung 500 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway.

The helmet was designed by renowned sports artist David Arrigo, who has produced pieces for the NFL, NHL, NBA and Major League Baseball.

The helmet Raines will wear is Arrigo's first helmet design for a NASCAR driver and features a red, white and blue, stars and stripes background. The main features of the helmet are two F-16 fighter jets, two military helicopters and three saluting soldiers.

"I was honored that officials at DLP and Hall of Fame Racing asked me to do this," Arrigo said. "It's the first helmet I've done for a NASCAR driver and I'm excited that a great guy like Tony Raines will be wearing it."

Raines is no stranger to the military as his late father was in the Air Force. In addition, Raines flew in an F-16 in August 2006 with the Indiana Air National Guard in Terre Haute. The two F-16s featured on the helmet feature the letters "TH" on the rear wing, replicating the planes of the Indiana Air National Guard.

"Getting to fly with the Indiana Air National Guard was a thrill of a lifetime," Raines said. "To be able to honor them, as well as all of the troops is pretty exciting for me. My father was in the Air Force, so I know firsthand how important the men and women of the military are. I'm really happy to do this."

The helmet, which will be signed by Raines and Arrigo, as well as Hall of Fame Racing co-owners Roger Staubach and Troy Aikman, was auctioned off Saturday night at the Speedway Children's Charities auction conducted at Texas Motor Speedway. The helmet sold for $7,600.

"I've always been amazed at how much NASCAR and their teams do to honor the military," Staubach said. "I'm happy that Hall of Fame Racing and DLP could be a part of it."

Staubach is also no stranger to the military, as he played football at the United States Naval Academy.

-credit: hofr

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