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More than just a design

Updated: September 5, 2002, 12:44 PM ET
By Eddie Cheever Jr. | Special to ESPN.com

Cheever I remember how furious my mother was. There we were, my dad and I, spray-painting a helmet on the kitchen table. Well, actually, he was painting. I was just handing him the cans. Paint was everywhere, and mom wasn't happy. But I was.

My dad designed and painted that first helmet, a white star on each side with rays of red, white and blue. I wore it proudly through 132 Grand Prix races, at Le Mans, in sports cars and formula cars and Indy cars. It had been in 13 Indianapolis ...

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