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John Barnes and Dr. Samer Mattar team to improve nation's health

CARMEL, Ind., May 15 /PRNewswire/ -- CEO and co-owner of Panther Racing, John Barnes, will discuss his weight loss journey with over 400 current and former patients of Clarian Bariatrics at a special recognition event in the East Chalet at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Friday, May 15.

Barnes fueled his competitive spirit on the race track, but was struggling to keep up in his personal life. A severe diabetic weighing 350 pounds, he was frustrated by his limited mobility and how easily he was exhausted.

On numerous medications to regulate high blood pressure and taking insulin shots six times a day, Barnes was fatigued getting out of bed and walking small distances. Worst of all, his lack of energy was preventing him from spending time with his three-year-old grandson and made it difficult to keep up in the fast-paced world of IndyCar racing.

"I'm the kind of person, when I make up my mind to do something, I don't second guess it," he said. "When I saw what was happening to me physically and emotionally, and I saw the capabilities of myself dwindling, I knew something needed to be done."

After many discussions with friends and family, Barnes met with the staff at Clarian Bariatrics and underwent weight loss surgery in early 2008. Now he is enjoying life and feels "15 to 20 years younger."

"I always tell people that you can turn your eyes to look at something," he said. "But you have to turn your feet to make it happen."

Initially Barnes was impressed with the warm welcome from the Clarian Bariatrics staff and the comprehensive nature of the program, which includes cooking classes, support groups and long-term follow up.

The event, "Victories at the Track," is one example of the many ways Clarian Bariatrics keeps patients connected. Attendees will have the opportunity to hear Barnes discuss his journey and the impact it has had on his racing career as well as tour the garages and watch time trails.

Members of the media are invited to attend the event and listen to Barnes' story.

                              "Victories at the Track"
                           Friday, May 15, 3-4PM EDT 2009
                      Indianapolis Motor Speedway, East Chalet

About Clarian Bariatrics

Offering a comprehensive and unique program that goes beyond the initial weight loss that patients experience, Clarian Bariatrics uses cooking classes that promote healthy meal preparation and puts significant focus on patient education and long-term follow up. Clarian Bariatrics works with each patient individually while also providing comprehensive physiologic, mental and nutritional evaluation and support. The program has been named an American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence. The ASMBS Center of Excellence designation recognizes surgical programs with a demonstrated track record of favorable outcomes in bariatric surgery. To learn more about Clarian Bariatrics, please visit

About Panther Racing

Panther Racing is a championship-winning motorsports franchise in the Indy Racing League's premier IndyCar Series, and its developmental league, Firestone Indy Lights. In its history, Panther has collected a total of 28 race victories and three championships during its 11 seasons of competition. Panther is the winningest team in the history of Texas Motor Speedway and has won Indy Lights races on both the historic oval and road course of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana, Panther is owned by founding partners John Barnes and Mike Griffin as well as Joe Cain, Chris Bowers, Courtney Jones, Mark Driscoll, former boxing world champion George Foreman and current Stanford University head football coach Jim Harbaugh.

For more information on Panther Racing, its drivers and sponsors, visit:

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