FOR RELEASE Tuesday, November 28. 2006
PLANO, Texas – UGS Corp., a leading provider of product lifecycle management (PLM) products and services, today announced driver Jimmie Johnson and Hendrick Motorsports -- whose cars are developed with the help of UGS® digital product development technology -- won the 2006 NASCAR® NEXTEL Cup Championship. Johnson secured the championship in the final race of the season, the Ford 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
UGS previously announced that UGS-sponsored KB Racing won the National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) Pro Stock Championship for the fourth straight year (see separate release http://www.ugs.com/about_us/press/press.shtml?id=5123).
Johnson, who won five races this season, is only the second driver in race history to win both the Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway and the Allstate 400 at the Brickyard at Indianapolis Motor Speedway – the two biggest races – in the same year. Johnson also won the UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Aaron’s 499 at Talladega Superspeedway and Subway 500 at Martinsville Speedway. In addition, Johnson, who drives the No. 48 Lowe’s Chevrolet, also won the NASCAR NEXTEL All-Star Challenge at Lowe’s Motor Speedway to take home the $1 million prize.
“It’s everything I’ve ever wanted to be. It’s been a long time since I’ve won a championship,” said Johnson. “This means the world to me. Consistency week in and week out allowed us to win this championship and UGS has been there for us doing whatever it takes to help us win.”
“This 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 UGS is part of that team. We are thrilled to have UGS as a partner in this victory.”
“UGS congratulates Hendrick Motorsports and Jimmie Johnson on winning the championship,” said Dave Shirk, executive vice president of Global Marketing for UGS. “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 UGS. UGS’ mantra is to never let a customer fail and we strive to help every UGS technology user drive into victory lane, on the track or in the board room.”
A Tradition of Technology and Tracks
UGS has a long tradition providing NX® software, UGS’ comprehensive digital product development solution, and Teamcenter® software, UGS’ digital lifecycle management solution and the world’s most widely used PLM portfolio, through racing sponsorships. Hendrick Motorsports, winner of the 2006 NASCAR® NEXTEL Cup Championship; Joe Gibbs Racing, winner of the 2005 NASCAR® NEXTEL Cup Championship and Andretti Green Racing, winner of the 2004 and 2005 Indy Racing League® (IRL) IndyCar® Series Championship, have been using UGS software for several years to help develop their cars and improve their performance on the race track. KB Racing, winner of the National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) Pro Stock Championship for four straight years, began using UGS 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, UGS’ best-in-class digital manufacturing solution.
UGS is a leading global provider of product lifecycle management (PLM) software and services with nearly 4 million licensed seats and 46,000 customers worldwide. Headquartered in Plano, Texas, UGS’ vision is to enable a world where organizations and their partners collaborate through global innovation networks to deliver world-class products and services while leveraging UGS’ open enterprise solutions, fulfilling the mission of enabling them to transform their process of innovation.
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