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           HAT Release

August 31, 1999



INDIANAPOLIS, IN – Dan Schlieper of Pewaukee, WI is resting comfortably in Methodist Hospital under the care of Dr. Terry Trammel and his team of doctors after he was injured in a non-racing accident on Saturday morning at Florence Speedway in Union, KY.

The 1998 Hav-A-Tampa Dirt Racing Series Rookie of the Year was a passenger on an ATV when the accident occurred. Schlieper suffered a fracture of his 2nd cervical vertebrae and was transported to St. Luke’s West Hospital in Florence, KY. Doctors at St. Luke’s released Schlieper on Monday, so he could seek treatment of his neck injury from Dr. Trammel in Indianapolis.“I feel pretty good now that I’m here under the care of Dr. Trammel and his team who are the best in the business when it comes to this sort of thing,” Schlieper said. “They are going to talk to me tomorrow about my options for treatment, so if I do what the doctors say, I should be as good as new in no time.”

Schlieper is currently tenth in the Hav-A-Tampa point standings, with one victory in 1999 coming at Tri-State Speedway in Haubstadt, IN. Schlieper said he has not made any decision yet concerning the future of his race team for the remainder of the 1999 season. “We wish Dan a speedy recovery from the injury he suffered in his unfortunate accident, and we’re looking forward to his return to racing,”

United Dirt Track Racing Association President Mike Swims said. “With his style of driving, Dan has played an important role in making the UDTRA Hav-A-Tampa Dirt Racing Series America’s Favorite Show On Dirt. Dan has the best doctors in the world caring for him, and we know he’ll be back racing soon without loosing a step.” With his wide-open, all-out driving style, Schlieper has become a fan favorite on the Hav-A-Tampa dirt late model circuit. These same fans are also rallying behind Schlieper in his recovery.

“It’s a great comfort to know that all of the fans who cheer for you when you’re on the track are also cheering for you in a difficult situation off the track,” Schlieper said. “I want to thank all of the people who have called, and have sent me get well wishes by the internet and by mail. They are greatly appreciated.”

Get well wishes and donations will reach Schlieper in care of Dan Schlieper Racing, 9300 South 94th Street, Franklin, WI 53132. E-Mail can also reach Schlieper at s9dan@aol.com.