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PLANO, Texas, March 6, 2009 - 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 that Siemens PLM Software-sponsored racing teams – whose cars are developed with the help of Siemens PLM Software technology – are off to a strong start for the 2009 season, winning races and breaking records.
Siemens PLM Software-sponsored race team lead all three NASCAR® Series and National Hot Rod Association® (NHRA®) Pro Stock series standings. In the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, Siemens PLM Software-sponsored race teams won the first three points races in 2009, setting multiple records along the way.
Joe Gibbs Racing’s driver Kyle Busch won the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Busch became the first pole sitter to win a Cup race at Las Vegas, although due to league rules he had to start from the back of the pack after replacing a motor that blew during Friday's practice session. With this victory, Busch has now won a race in all three of NASCAR's series this season. He won the NASCAR Nationwide Series and NASCAR Camping World Trucks Series races at Auto Club Speedway in California, on Feb. 21, becoming the first driver in NASCAR history to win two major series races in the same day. Busch is the current NASCAR Camping World Trucks Series points leader.
Roush Fenway Racing’s driver Matt Kenseth started the season with back-to-back wins to become only the fifth driver in NASCAR Sprint Cup Series history to win the first two races of a season. Kenseth won the renowned season opener, the Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway, and the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at California at Auto Club Speedway in California. Red Bull Racing Team’s driver Brian Vickers, who won the pole at the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at California, has finished in the top-ten the last two weeks.
Hendrick Motorsports’ driver Jeff Gordon, a four-time Cup Champion, who finished sixth in Las Vegas and second in California, is the current NASCAR Sprint Cup Series points leader.
Roush Fenway Racing’s driver Carl Edwards, who has finished in the top-five in the first three Nationwide Series races, is the current NASCAR Nationwide Series points leader. Edwards finished second to teammate Greg Biffle who won the NASCAR Nationwide Series at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Feb. 28.
In addition to the success in NASCAR, KB Racing, which races in the NHRA Pro Stock series, is speeding off the line with a win and new record at the season opener in Pomona, Calif. Jason Line, the 2006 NHRA Pro Stock world champion, won the Kragen O'Reilly NHRA Winternationals and teammate Greg Anderson, the three-time NHRA Pro Stock world champion, set a new elapsed time record of 6.528 seconds to become the current NHRA Pro Stock national record holder. Line is the current NHRA Pro Stock points leader and Anderson is in third place.
“Siemens PLM Software congratulates our sponsored race teams for the record breaking start and we wish the teams good luck in the 2009 season,” said Dave Shirk, executive vice president, Global Marketing, Siemens PLM Software. “Siemens PLM Software is proud of our relationship with the racing teams and along with our customers is pleased to know that our solutions help the teams succeed.”
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, 2007 and 2008 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.
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 5.9 million licensed seats and 56,000 customers worldwide. Headquartered in Plano, Texas, Siemens PLM Software works collaboratively with companies to deliver open solutions that help them turn more ideas into successful products. For more information on Siemens PLM Software products and services, visit www.siemens.com/plm.
The Siemens Industry Automation Division (Nuremberg, Germany) 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 industries to solutions for whole industrial sectors 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. With around 42,900 employees worldwide Siemens Industry Automation achieved in fiscal year 2008 total sales of EUR8.7 billion.
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