PLANO, Texas, October 3, 2008 – Siemens PLM Software, a business unit of the Siemens Industry Automation Division and a leading global provider of product lifecycle management (PLM) software and services, today announced Siemens PLM Software-sponsored race teams Hendrick Motorsports and Roush Fenway Racing – whose cars are developed with the help of Siemens PLM Software technology – have combined to win the first three NASCAR® Sprint Cup Series Chase for the Championship races and hold the top three spot in the points standings.
In addition to winning the first three Chase for the Championship races, Siemens PLM Software sponsored race teams Hendrick Motorsports, Joe Gibbs Racing and Roush Fenway Racing entered the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Chase for the Championship securing nine of the 12 spots, including the top four spots. Joe Gibbs Racing driver Kyle Busch led the top four followed by Roush Fenway Racing driver Carl Edwards and Hendrick Motorsports drivers Jimmie Johnson and Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Johnson, a two-time Cup Champion and the current Chase leader, won the latest Cup Series Race in Kansas with Edwards and his Roush Fenway Racings teammate Greg Biffle taking the two and three spots respectively. Last week at the Cup Series Race in Dover, Roush Fenway Racing drivers swept the podium with Biffle bringing home the win for the second week in a row and Matt Kenseth and Edwards, taking two and three respectively. The week prior at the Cup Series Race in New Hampshire, the three current Chase for the Championship leaders took the podium with Biffle taking first place and Johnson and Edwards taking two and three respectively.
“Siemens PLM Software congratulates all the teams and drivers for making the Chase for the Championship and for the strong showing in the first three races, we wish the teams good luck,” said Dave Shirk, executive vice president of Global Marketing for Siemens PLM Software. “It takes teamwork and consistency throughout the year to make the Chase for the Championship. Siemens PLM Software is proud of our relationship with the racing teams and along with our customers are pleased to know that our solutions help the teams consistently deliver wins to continue to stay on top and go for the championship.”
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 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2001, 2006 and 2007 NASCAR Sprint Cup Championship; Joe Gibbs Racing, winner of the 2000, 2002 and 2005 NASCAR Sprint Cup Championship; Roush Fenway Racing, winner of the 2003 and 2004 NASCAR Sprint 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.
Since 1984, Hendrick Motorsports has earned 11 championships in NASCAR's top three divisions, including seven titles and 173 victories in the sanctioning body's premier series, the Sprint Cup. Headquartered in Concord, N.C., the organization employs more than 550 people and currently fields four full-time Chevrolet teams on the Cup Series circuit with drivers Casey Mears, Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson and Dale Earnhardt Jr. For more information, please visit www.HendrickMotorsports.com.
Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) is one of the premier organizations in NASCAR, currently fielding three NASCAR Sprint Cup Series teams, two NASCAR Nationwide Series teams and a driver development program. Its driver lineup consists of Tony Stewart, Denny Hamlin and Kyle Busch in the Sprint Cup Series; Stewart, Hamlin, Busch and Joey Logano in the Nationwide Series; and Marc Davis in the NASCAR Camping World Series East. Based in Huntersville, N.C., and owned by Joe Gibbs – a three-time Super Bowl winner as head coach of the Washington Redskins and a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame – JGR has competed in NASCAR since 1992, winning three Cup Series championships and more than 100 NASCAR races, including three Brickyard 400s and the 1993 Daytona 500.
Roush Fenway Racing operates 13 full-time motorsports teams, five in NASCAR Sprint Cup with drivers Matt Kenseth, Jamie McMurray, Greg Biffle, Carl Edwards and David Ragan; four in the Nationwide Series with Kenseth, Biffle, Edwards, McMurray, Ragan, Erik Darnell and Colin Braun; three in the Craftsman Truck Series with Darnell, Braun, Kvapil, Bobby East and John Wes Townley; and one in the ARCA RE/MAX Series with Ricky Stenhouse, Jr.
Siemens PLM Software, a business unit of the Siemens Industry Automation Division, is a leading global provider of product lifecycle management (PLM) software and services with 5.5 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 Industry Automation Division (Nuremberg), a division of the Siemens Industry Sector, is a worldwide leader in the fields of automation systems, low-voltage switchgear and industrial software. Its portfolio ranges from standard products for the manufacturing and process industry to solutions for whole industries and systems that encompass the automation of entire automobile production facilities and chemical plants. As a leading software supplier, Industry Automation optimizes the entire value added chain of manufacturers – from product design and development to production, sales and a wide range of maintenance services.
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