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Friday, December 17, 2004 - 08:19:03 AM EDT


Prosthetic Design Inc.

Prosthetic Design Inc. announces formation of new
NHRA Pro Stock Bike team, Prosthetic Design MotorSports™.

George Bryce of Star Racing, and Reggie Showers, NHRA Pro Stock Bike racer, announce collaborative effort with Prosthetic Design MotorSports for 2003 season. March 6, 2003 Dayton OH Prosthetic Design Inc. today announced the formation of a new NHRA Pro Stock Bike team, Prosthetic Design MotorSports. The new team will feature Reggie Showers as rider and George Bryce as crew chief. Prosthetic Design MotorSports will utilize Star Racing's Suzuki Pro Stock engines. Headed by Tracy Slemker, President and CEO of Prosthetic Design Inc., the new team is scheduled to make its debut at the Mac Tools Gatornationals, March 14-16, in Gainesville FL. Commenting on the formation of, Prosthetic Design MotorSports, and the collaboration with Bryce, Slemker said, "When I first met George at Frank Hawley's NHRA Drag Racing School in Gainesville, Florida, it was apparent that our professional objectives were on a parallel track. We both offer high quality, unique products in small, niche markets. George focuses on optimizing the performance of race engines, and I focus on optimizing the performance of prosthetic components. Both product lines are designed to move our customers or patients in the best way possible, from the starting line to the finish line; whether it is a 1/4-mile NHRA drag strip or a walk through the park. Little did I think that our paths would cross and we would be working together with Reggie." Slemker continued, "Prosthetic Design has been associated with Reggie for the past four years, during which time my respect for him has continued to grow. He is a gifted athlete and charismatic spokesperson, with an insatiable appetite for continuous improvement."

Showers contributed, "When I told Tracy that George had announced Star Racing wasn't going to field a bike in 2003, the wheels started turning. To have the services and experience of a tem of the caliber of George Bryce and Star Racing, who have 6 national NHRA championships under their belts, is truly awesome."

"The benefits go further than the race track," Slemker concluded, "Reggie is also involved in our ProLAB(r) Tour, a professional workshop that provides continuing education for Prosthetists, the medical practitioners who treat amputees, and a fund raising effort with Shriners Hospitals for Children called, Helping Hands Across America(tm). He will speak at 15 hospitals this year. Race fans can visit his pit area, make a donation, and put their hand prints and signatures on his trailer which will travel the country. All proceeds will go to the Shriners, who provide free orthopedic and burn care for kids. So, I forecast good things both on and off the track".

Commenting on his collaboration with Prosthetic Design MotorSports Bryce said, "When we announced that, due to lack of funding, the Star Racing organization would no longer field a NHRA Pro Stock Bike entry, I added a guarantee; that our presence would still be felt, and we were going to do whatever we could to support the Pro Stock Bike class and help it grow. That is exactly what this arrangement allows us to do, and it is consistent with Star Racing's philosophy." Bryce continued, "An integral part of my collaboration with Prosthetic Design MotorSports and Reggie will be to provide Star Racing powerplants. This will allow our team to continue research and development efforts on Pro Stock engines. Additionally, Star Racing has a wealth of racing knowledge and experience that we will be bringing to Prosthetic Design MotorSports." With a wry smile looking at Showers he added, "Like Tracy, I expect great things. I race to win."

Star Racing, based in Americus, GA is one of the country's premier motorcycle racing Research &Developmant facilities that features a state of the art machine shop and proven engine building business, and an unrivalled record in NHRA Pro Stock Bike drag racing.

Notable achievements of Star Racing are:

  • 6 NHRA Pro Stock Bike Championships (John Myers 3 &Angelle Savoie 3)
  • Recorded the quickest pass in Pro Stock Bike history at 7.049 seconds (May 18, 2002 Englishtown, NJ, Angelle Savoie)
  • 62 national event wins with three different riders (George Bryce, John Myers and Angelle Savoie)
  • 107 final rounds with six different riders (John Myers - 56, Angelle Savoie -43, Jim Bernard -3, Steve Johnson - 3, Fred Collis - 1 and George Bryce - 1)
  • 63 #1 qualifying positions.

Prosthetic Design Inc., based in Dayton, OH, is a privately held company that designs, manufactures, and markets high-quality components, CAD/CAM equipment and supplies for use in the Prosthetic Industry. The ProLAB is Prosthetic Design's mobile training facility used to reach out to practitioners all over the country. The ProLAB is a 36 foot Kenworth truck loaded with the latest in CAD/CAM technology.

The ProLAB Tour is a PDI funded Continuing Education Workshop that consists of instructor-lead demonstrations covering the most advanced CAD/CAM techniques that optimize patient care as well as practitioner productivity. The Workshop targets Prosthetists, the medical practitioners who treat amputees, who are Prosthetic Design's primary customers. The Workshops will be conducted in the Prosthetic Design's ProLAB mobile laboratory located in the Reggie Showers pit area at all 15 Pro Stock Bike locations throughout the 2003 NHRA drag race season.

The Shrine of North America is an international fraternity of approximately 500,000 members throughout the United States, Mexico, Canada and Panama. The Shrine's official philanthropy is Shriners Hospitals for Children, a network of 22 hospitals that provide expert, no-cost orthopedic and burn care to children under 18.

Tony Russell
Prosthetic Design Inc.
Phone: 540 292 4885
E-mail: morleyridge@msn.com

Jon Bork
Prosthetic Design Inc.
Phone: 800 459 0177
E-mail: jon@pdiwins.com


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