Biomet Will be at Indy with Lyn St. James

INDIANAPOLIS, May 8 - With some fanfare and a squeegee, crewmembers affixed the Biomet decal today onto Lyn St. James' brand-new Pep Boys Indy Racing League G-Force Infiniti.

The white and teal car, which will be towed into the garage area at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway tomorrow, carries Lifetime Television as its primary sponsor.

Biomet, the leading manufacturer of surgical implants and orthopedic supplies based in Warsaw, Ind., returns as an associate sponsor of St. James's Indy 500 entry for the fourth year in a row. She will attempt to qualify for the May 24 race on May 16-17.

Biomet and its subsidiaries design, manufacture and market products used primarily by orthopedic medical specialists in both surgical and non-surgical therapy. This includes reconstructive and trauma devices, electrical bone growth stimulators, orthopedic support devices, operating room supplies, powered surgical instruments, general surgical instruments, arthroscopy products and oral-maxillofacial implants and instruments.

Biomet and its subsidiaries currently operate manufacturing and/or office facilities in Warsaw, Ind.; Parsippany, N.J.; Ontario; Aliso Viego and Redding, Calif.; Jacksonville, Fla.; Berland and Ansbach, Germany; Guaynabo, Puerto Rico; Milan, Italy; Bridgend, South Wales and Swindon, England. The company currently distributes its products in approximately 100 countries.

"We are pleased to be returning to Indianapolis this month with Lyn St. James," said Dr. Dane Miller, president and chief executive officer of Biomet and one of the company's founders.

"The Indianapolis 500 is the world's largest single-day sporting event, and therefore it is appropriate for a global company such as Biomet to be involved. And, since both Biomet and Lyn St. James Racing are headquartered in Indiana, it is only appropriate that we help another Hoosier when we can."

Dr. Miller played a pivotal role in St. James's appearance at the 1995 Indy 500, when her sponsorship commitments dried up just prior to opening day. A race fan suggested that she contact Dr. Miller, since Biomet entertains physicians during qualifying and the race each year. He said "yes" to her request for sponsorship, she made the race, and Biomet enhanced its visibility at the speedway and truly became part of an Indy car team.