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GM BRINGS AUTO SAFETY RESEARCH EXPERTISE TRACKSIDE

 GM BRINGS AUTO SAFETY RESEARCH EXPERTISE TRACKSIDE
 DETROIT, June 4 /PRNewswire/ -- General Motors (NYSE: GM) is


bringing its extensive auto safety research expertise to trackside in a long-term effort to make auto racing a safer sport and at the same time further improve the safety of its production vehicles, according to Herbert A. Fishel, executive director, GM's Motorsports Technology Group (MTG).
 On the eve of the Detroit Grand Prix, Fishel said GM's research effort will share its biomechanics, occupant restraint system, crash testing, structural analysis, and advanced composite structure knowledge with the motorsports community. Along with newly devised techniques for physiological monitoring of race drivers before, during and after competitive events, the new "on-site" program is aimed at reducing the number and severity of racing injuries.
 "General Motors personnel will acquire data at race tracks using them as advanced proving grounds for developing more specific information about driver safety and performance," Fishel said.
 "GM biomedical science, engineering mechanics, and safety and crashworthiness personnel will be involved in the acquisition of data at auto racing events nationwide," he explained. In addition, Fishel continued, specialized test programs will be conducted at GM proving ground and research facilities. "The knowledge gained from all these diversified activities can later be adapted to GM's production vehicles, as well as racing vehicles," he added.
 Participating with Fishel in announcing the comprehensive safety research program in Detroit today were Dr. Christopher C. Green, head of biomedical science, GM Research and Environmental Staff; and Dr. Terry Trammell, director of Indy Car Medical Services (ICMS). Dr. Trammell is an orthopedic surgeon from Indianapolis who has extensive experience in the treatment and rehabilitation of injured drivers.
 GM opened its first proving ground facility -- also first in the automotive industry -- in 1924 at Milford, Mich. Today, it operates five such facilities in North America.
 Safety research and testing was formally instituted at GM in 1955. Since then GM has conducted more than 11,000 barrier crash tests to date at its proving ground facilities. Since 1967, the company has assembled and studied data acquired during actual highway crashes.
 The Biomedical Science Department was added in 1973, and still is the only facility of its kind in the auto industry. Its award-winning research is shared with other automakers and the medical community worldwide and has led to numerous vehicle safety improvements designed to save human lives and reduce human suffering resulting from highway collisions.
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 /CONTACT: John V. Dinan Jr. of General Motors, 313-986-5719/
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