LIGHT Helmets (formerly SG Helmets) was created by Bill Simpson and Chip Ganassi, two experienced racecar drivers who have worked to revolutionize the racing industry with safety innovations. The first Simpson auto racing helmet was introduced to Indy Car racers in 1979 and over the years, the technology evolved. In 2008, Simpson came out with a modern carbon fiber racing helmet using a Kevlar outer shell and a special expanded polypropylene foam liner inside to absorb energy from impacts.

In 2011, SG applied that same technology to create a football helmet, given the rise in head injuries and concussion concerns in the game. From 2008-2017, the company was located in Indiana.

California business executives Nicholas Esayian, Joseph Hegener and Justin Bert acquired the assets of SG Helmets in 2018 with the hopes of making a much larger impact on keeping football players protected from Pop Warner to the NFL.

Nicholas Esayian has raced sports cars professionally for the last 27 years in the Pirelli World Challenge series. Simpson helmets kept him safe over a long racing career. He is also a football fan, playing through to Division 3 football in college.

Light Helmets is now located in Carlsbad, CA, and is the fifth largest football helmet manufacturer in the industry.


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