Indy 500 Pole Winner Briscoe Opts for Petrol Polarized Eyewear

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Advanced Polarized Driving Sunglasses are Available in Twenty Distinctive Models.

Ryan Briscoe wearing his Signature Edition Petrol Polarized Sunglasses

Ryan Briscoe wearing his Signature Edition Petrol Polarized Sunglasses

“We’re proud of our association with Ryan. He is truly one of the up and coming greats in IndyCar racing, and it is an honor that he has chosen Petrol Eyewear as his driving sunglasses of choice.

Professional race car drivers know the importance of having precision-tuned, high performance equipment. For IndyCar super driver Ryan Briscoe, that means driving sunglasses from Petrol Eyewear.

Briscoe, who won the pole position at this year’s Indy 500 race May 27th with a 226.484 mph average qualifying speed, went on to finish fifth overall in the world’s most prestigious and storied motor event. Briscoe has long demanded Petrol polarized sunglasses for his personal use. Briscoe cites as his favorite Petrol’s Ryan Briscoe Signature Edition Monaco model polarized sunglasses, manufactured with Grilamid TR-90 frames.

The Monaco model features injected polycarbonate lenses, which are protected by a Repelium® coating to resist scratches, smudges, oils, water, fogging and fingerprints. Light filtering technology provides 100% UV protection with absorption to 400 nanometers, which protects corneas from harmful rays, while built-in blue light suppression sharpens visual acuity and protects retinas. The lenses allow just 12% visible light transmission to eliminate glare on roads, water and snow. The optically correct, distortion-free lenses are cast and vacuum-coated in France.

Australia’s Briscoe has raced in Formula 1, Formula 3, A1GP, GRAND-AM, and now IndyCar. 2009 was a breakout year for Briscoe in American open-wheel racing, as he contended for the IndyCar Series title all season, collecting three wins and an astonishing eight runner-up finishes. He has finished in all six Izod IndyCar events in 2012.

“We’re proud of our association with Ryan,” commented Petrol Eyewear President Terence Scheckter. “He is truly one of the up and coming greats in IndyCar racing, and it is an honor that he has chosen Petrol Eyewear as his driving sunglasses of choice,” Scheckter added.

All told, there are twenty different models of Petrol Eyewear for men and women, including always-popular aviator sunglasses. There are three families of sunglasses. Briscoe’s Monaco model is an example of the Grilamid TR-90 family. Grilamid TR-90 is considered a 'memory material' that will bend but not break, and always flexes back to its original shape. The metal alloy family of sunglasses is made from premium quality metals and metal alloys, painstakingly shaped with uncompromised accuracy. The Zyl Acetate family of sunglasses include frames blended and often layered in laminated sheets, creating a durable plastic that is as much a piece of fine art as it is a durable sunglass frame. Frame fronts and temples are hand cut, milled and polished to a lustrous finish.

Petrol Eyewear is an independent designer and manufacturer of high-quality eyewear inspired by the world of motor racing. Petrol Eyewear, however is designed to be ideal for everyday, off-track use. Motor sports drivers are attracted to polarized eyewear for its superior vision. The Petrol collection brings the same superior vision to eyewear suitable for most any pursuit where high-quality polarized sunglasses are essential. Headquartered in Huntington Beach, Calif., Petrol is a subsidiary of TSW, a leading producer of alloy wheels with a 30-year history of incorporating race-inspired technology into everyday driving. Founded by a former Formula One racing driver, TSW products, including Petrol Eyewear, reflect a rich racing heritage.

Petrol Eyewear can be purchased online at or by calling 1-888-784-3050

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