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Fishel to Guide SAE International Motorsports, Performance-Engineering Initiatives

WARRENDALE, Pa., Oct. 14, 2005 - SAE International today announced that Herbert A. Fishel, a respected leader in the racing community and chief executive officer of the Business of Motorsports, will advise the Society on motorsports and performance-engineering.

Fishel, an SAE member, joined the Chevrolet Product Performance Group in 1969 where he was responsible for the design of high-performance engines; by 1991 he was named GM Racing’s executive director. Under his direction, GM became the first automaker in more than three decades to win racing’s Triple Crown -- the Daytona 500, the Indy 500 and the 24 Hours of Le Mans (GTS class) – in a single year (2001). Fishel retired from GM in 2003. Earlier this year, he was inducted into the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Hall of Fame.

“Herb Fishel brings an unmatched set of credentials to this position: He is a recognized authority in the motorsports and automotive arenas, and his dedication to our Society is well-known among our membership,” Raymond A. Morris, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of SAE International, said. “His leadership certainly will enable SAE International to make greater contributions to the global motorsports and performance industries.”

In addition to guiding motorsports and performance-engineering for SAE, Fishel and Wayne Juchno, of SAE’s Motorsport and Performance Vehicle Initiatives, will be responsible for forming an advisory council to lead these areas as well.

“I am looking forward to this challenge,” Fishel said. “SAE International is recognized as a valuable partner in all the industries it serves, and I believe its long-standing dedication to safety in the racing community can be further enhanced.”

Fishel will provide the keynote address at SAE International’s Motorsports Engineering Symposium to be held Nov. 29-30, prior to the opening of the Performance Racing Industry Trade Show in Orlando.