Sep 17, 2002
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From a press release issued by Team Orthopedics, a team sponsored by a surgeon with crew members all outfitted in scrub shirts like those TV stars:<BR> <BR><BR>Jack Pfeifer and Team Orthopedics battle the factories at the first annual Toyota 200 Grand Prix at Willow Springs Raceway!<BR><BR>"We had a great weekend," says orthopedic surgeon Dr. Paul Canale, who organized Team Orthopedics Racing to sponsor Jack "The Fastest Man in Vegas" Pfeifer. Jack pulled the holeshot on his Suzuki GSX-R1000 to the first corner. After a blistering 10-second first pit stop Jack was handily holding off a great charge by factory Kawasaki rider Tommy Hayden for fourth place when he was black-flagged because a muffler support bolt backed out, a hard lesson for the crew that Loctite is no match for safety wiring. "We lost approximately 90 seconds fixing the problem and got Jack back out where he hammered it home and fought back to a sixth-place finish." <BR><BR> Travis Ryan, Team Manager:<BR>"In a short two months, we brought together a diverse and capable support team to mount a solid effort to back up our hugely talented rider, Jack Pfeifer, and place him into contention with the well-financed factory-backed efforts. We're committed to helping Jack win big and establish himself as a recognized champion and we've been working feverishly on getting him onto more developed machinery and better equipment. Once we get closer parity on the equipment to the factory guys, Jack will beat them. He has finished top-10 at the AMA national level has an aggressive and sophisticated approach to riding and his training regimen.<BR><BR>"We need to get more power out of the motor and get the suspension dialed in. We have consulted some experienced suspension experts who have gotten us much closer, but we're still fighting some handling gremlins and Jack can only compensate so much to control high-speed wobbles and loss of traction in the corners.<BR><BR>"We put on an impressive effort with only two months true development work, and our tentative plan is to continue the 2002 WSMC series where Jack is currently leading the points in two classes, and after acquiring more sponsor funding we will be a competitive AMA national team in 2003."<BR><BR>Team Orthopedics and Jack Pfeifer would like to thank our sponsors, Elite Racing, Galfer brakes, Arrow Exhausts, VP racing fuels, Motorex, Skorpion racing/Texport leathers, Fastrack riders, Dunlop tires, Dynojet, Lockhart Phillips Racing, Hansen and Associates, Allstar Auto, Desert Motorsports, Miguel Duhamel, WSMC, for making Jack's racing success possible!<BR>