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Graphic Artist Featured on "American Chopper" to Paint Bobsleds at Hudson Valley Community College
Auto Body students to assist with project; NASCAR drivers to race bobsleds to support the U.S. Olympic Bobsled Team

CONTACT: Jason McCord (518) 629-8071 or (518) 629-7180
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Sunday, Nov. 19, 2006

WHO: Justin Barnes, a graphic artist who has appeared on Orange County Choppers' "American Chopper" television show, and Hudson Valley Auto Body students.
WHAT: Barnes will paint detailed "Made in America" images on bobsleds designed by Geoff Bodine, a renowned NASCAR driver who has designed bobsleds for the U.S. Olympic Team; his sleds have helped the team win four medals in the past two Winter Olympics.

10 a.m. to noon, Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2006


Cogan Hall Automotive Laboratory
Hudson Valley Community College campus
80 Vandenburgh Avenue, Troy


Justin Barnes will airbrush intricate designs on bobsleds that were prepped by the college's Auto Body students, who also will get the opportunity to paint the sleds. The bobsleds were built by the Bo-Dyn Bobsled Project, an initiative started by NASCAR driver Geoff Bodine. After learning the U.S. Olympic Bobsled Team was struggling with bobsleds modeled after European designs, Bodine got involved in 1992, applying his racing knowledge to design bobsleds that helped the team win four Olympic medals.

The bobsleds that will be painted at Hudson Valley will be used in the second annual Geoff Bodine Bobsled Challenge, held in Lake Placid on Jan. 5 through Jan. 7, 2007. NASCAR drivers will race the bobsleds, raising money for the non-profit Bo-Dyn Bobsled Project to defray costs of building future bobsleds for the U.S. Olympic Team. The students' and Barnes' work on the bobsleds, and the competition, will appear on taped segments for ESPN2 and SPEED.


Enter the Hudson Valley Community College campus via South Road (the entrance across from the Country Grove restaurant). Follow South Road, which will curve to the right and become Williams Access Road; use the entrance to the parking lot immediately after the road curves. Cogan Hall is the furthest building, near the south end of the football field.