It’s December, which means I’m deep into racing withdrawal. Luckily I’m headed to the Performance Racing Industry (PRI) Trade Show next week, so I’ll get a bit of race car sights, sounds and smells to get me through until IndyCar testing begins. If you plan to attend the PRI Show, come out to the Racing Optics booth (#4333) on Friday, December 11 (2-4 p.m., at the Indiana Convention Center)¬†for an autograph and photo. I’ll have some fun giveaways, too!

What is Racing Optics? They make the helmet visor tear-offs I use every time I’m on the track! When you drive speeds of 200 miles per hour, debris settles on your visor. Dirt, sand, tire particles, bugs…¬†it tends to get a bit distracting (like wearing really dirty eye glasses). So we use tear-offs to refresh our view every so often throughout the race. Of course, the amount of debris varies by track. I typically use more tear-offs on the high speed oval tracks (like Indy, Pocono, Fontana and Texas) because the particles hit the visor at a higher speed. Other tracks are “cleaner,” and I may only use one or two. If you watch closely, you might catch drivers¬†tearing off one layer while entering or exiting pit lane.

Come by the Racing Optics booth next week to learn more and say hi!

Original image courtesy of LAT Photo USA

Original image courtesy of LAT Photo USA

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