Indy 500: HVM Racing news 2009-05-22

HVM Racing Drops Its Spare Tires -- and Then Some; Team Exceeds Goal in Two-Month Weight-Loss Challenge Indianapolis, Ind. (May 22, 2009) -- HVM Racing is officially fit to be in the pit. The pit-crew members successfully dropped 107 pounds in a...

HVM Racing Drops Its Spare Tires -- and Then Some; Team Exceeds Goal in Two-Month Weight-Loss Challenge

Indianapolis, Ind. (May 22, 2009) -- HVM Racing is officially fit to be in the pit. The pit-crew members successfully dropped 107 pounds in a two-month weight-loss challenge -- seven pounds beyond their goal of 100.

The HVM team kicked off the "Gotta Be Fit to Be in the Pit" challenge at the IndyCar Series season opener in St. Petersburg on April 5. HVM driver E.J. Viso and Luigi Gratton, M.D., of Herbalife, a sponsor of HVM and Viso, encouraged the crew members to lose weight for their own well-being and to ensure strong performance in the pit.

Dr. Gratton offered medical guidance and Herbalife nutritional products throughout the challenge to help the team meet its goal. Herbalife is rewarding the trimmed-down crew members this week with new race uniforms.

"Herbalife has been a great partner to work with and this weight-loss challenge has been a good thing for everyone involved," said Keith Wiggins, HVM Racing Team Principal and Owner. "How many team sponsors do you know that actually help improve the fitness of the team members?"

"We're proud of the team for meeting their goal and look forward to seeing them in their new uniforms," said Herbalife Chairman and CEO Michael O. Johnson. "We'll continue to support the team to live a healthy, active lifestyle."

-credit: hvmr

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