PLANO, Texas, November 30, 2007 – Siemens PLM Software, a division of Siemens Automation and Drives (A&D) and a leading global provider of product lifecycle management (PLM) software and services, today announced Siemens PLM Software-sponsored driver Jimmie Johnson and Hendrick Motorsports – whose cars are developed with the help of Siemens PLM Software technology – won the 2007 NASCAR® NEXTEL Cup championship for the second year in a row. Johnson secured the championship in the final race of the season, the Ford 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
Hendrick Motorsports put together a strong season with the team’s four drivers winning 18 of 36 races and Johnson claiming the championship after battling it out down the stretch with teammate Jeff Gordon, a four-time NEXTEL Cup Champion, who won six races and had a NASCAR-record 30 top-10 finishes for the year.
Johnson won the 2007 championship in dominant fashion bringing home four of his 10 victories during the Chase for the Championship. Johnson had 24 top-10 finishes for the season. Johnson became the first driver since Gordon to win double-digit races, four in a row and consecutive titles.
“It's unbelievable, you dream about winning one but to win back-to-back, it's really special and it is a well deserved win for Jimmie and we are very proud of the whole team for this great accomplishment,” said Rick Hendrick, owner, Hendrick Motorsports. “Winning a championship is a testament to the quality and skill of the people and technology that are a part of our racing team, and Siemens PLM Software is part of that team. We are thrilled to have Siemens PLM Software a partner in this victory.”
“Siemens PLM Software congratulates Hendrick Motorsports and Jimmie Johnson on winning consecutive championships,” said Dave Shirk, executive vice president of Global Marketing for Siemens PLM Software. “Winning a championship requires a commitment to success and the ability to stay on course, qualities which are at the core of Hendrick Motorsports and Siemens PLM Software. Siemens PLM Software’s mantra is to never let a customer fail and we strive to help every customer drive into victory lane, on the track or in the board room.”
Siemens PLM Software has a long tradition of providing NX® software, Siemens’ comprehensive digital product development solution, and Teamcenter® software, Siemens' digital lifecycle management solution and the world’s most widely used PLM portfolio, through racing sponsorships. Hendrick Motorsports, winner of the 2006 and 2007 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Championship; Joe Gibbs Racing, winner of the 2005 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Championship; Roush Fenway Racing, winner of the 2003 and 2004 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Championship; and Andretti Green Racing, winner of the 2004, 2005 and 2007 Indy Racing League® (IRL) IndyCar® Series Championship; have been using Siemens PLM Software for many years to help develop their cars and improve their performance on the race track. KB Racing, winner of the 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2006 National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) Pro Stock Championship, began using Siemens PLM Software technology in 2005, and the Renault F1 Team, winner of the 2005 Formula One Drivers and Constructors Championships, established a partnership in 2004 using Tecnomatix® software, Siemens PLM Software’s best-in-class digital manufacturing solution.
Siemens PLM Software, a division of Siemens Automation and Drives (A&D), is a leading global provider of product lifecycle management (PLM) software and services with 4.6 million licensed seats and 51,000 customers worldwide. Headquartered in Plano, Texas, Siemens PLM Software’s open enterprise solutions enable a world where organizations and their partners collaborate through global innovation networks to deliver world-class products and services. For more information on Siemens PLM Software products and services, visit www.siemens.com/plm.
The Siemens Automation and Drives Group (A&D), Nuremberg, Germany, is the leading manufacturer in this field worldwide. Products supplied by A&D include standard products for the manufacturing and process industries and for the electrical installation industry as well as system solutions, for example for machine tools, and solutions for whole industries such as the automation of entire automobile factories or chemical plants. Supplementing this range of products and services, A&D also offers software for linking production and management (horizontal and vertical IT integration) and for optimizing production processes. A&D employs 70,600 people worldwide and in fiscal year 2006 (to September 30) earned a group profit of €1.572 billion on sales of €12.848 billion and orders of €14.108 billion, according to U.S. GAAP. Further information about A&D is available in the Internet at www.siemens.com/automation.
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