PLANO, Texas, December 8, 2010 – 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 Jimmie Johnson and Hendrick Motorsports – whose cars are developed with the help of Siemens PLM Software technology – won the 2010 NASCAR® Sprint Cup championship for the fifth straight year.
Siemens PLM Software-sponsored races teams have now won 11 straight NASCAR Sprint Cup championships, including every championship this century. For Hendrick Motorsports this was a record tenth Sprint Cup owner championship, the most in NASCAR.
Hendrick Motorsports leverages NX™ software, Siemens PLM Software’s comprehensive digital product development solution, to design and optimize performance of their race cars. The design, analysis and simulation tools in NX allow Hendrick Motorsports engineers to virtually build and test parts that will maximize horsepower and performance on the track each weekend.
“Hendrick Motorsports uses Siemens PLM Software technology to stay at the forefront of competition,” said Jim Wall, Engineering Group Manager, Hendrick Motorsports. “When you’re racing 36 weeks a year you have to enhance performance on the fly. NX allows Hendrick Motorsports to move from the drawing board to production of parts for our fleet of engines and cars, often in hours, versus days and weeks as previously required.”
Siemens PLM Software’s Teamcenter® software, the world’s most widely used digital lifecycle management solution, helps Hendrick Motorsports manage the entire product lifecycle for their racing operations, helping to make sure that designs meet requirements, and to give anywhere, anytime access to information to their engineers and crews. Hendrick Motorsports also tracks every engine and car part and assembly that they build and race, from concept to end of life, helping to ensure that they are always a step ahead of the competition.
“Everything we do in engineering is about gaining a competitive advantage. When we can use Teamcenter to make better decisions at the track that translates into a competitive advantage," added Wall. "Having all of our product data readily available, even at the race track, enables us to not only produce vehicles more quickly but also to respond to, and solve, problems that occur during a race much faster. By doing so, we believe we improve race performance, reliability and durability − key elements to winning races.”
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Johnson secured the championship in dramatic fashion during the final NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Race of the season at Homestead-Miami Speedway, becoming the first driver in NASCAR history to win five consecutive championships. Johnson now has the most titles among active drivers. He now ranks third on the career list behind seven-time champions and Hall of Famers Richard Petty and Dale Earnhardt.
“Winning a championship is a testament to the quality of our people and the tools they have access to,” said Rick Hendrick, owner of Hendrick Motorsports. “The technology Siemens PLM Software provides has a direct impact on performance, and that’s the name of the game in racing. We’re fortunate to have them on our team.”
“Siemens PLM Software congratulates Hendrick Motorsports and Jimmie Johnson on winning five consecutive championships, an accomplishment never seen before in NASCAR; we also congratulate all our sponsored race teams for an amazing run this past decade,” said Eric Sterling, senior vice president, Global Marketing, Siemens PLM Software. “Our sponsored race teams are proving on the track what our customers prove in the market on a daily basis, when the rubber meets the road Siemens PLM Software's technology dominates the competition. 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 and Teamcenter software, through racing sponsorships. Hendrick Motorsports, winner of the 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2001, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010 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 Autosport, winner of the 2004, 2005 and 2007 IZOD 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, 2006 and 2010 National Hot Rod Association® (NHRA®) Pro Stock Championship, began using Siemens PLM Software technology in 2005, and the Red Bull Racing formula one team, winner of the 2010 Formula One Drivers and Constructors Championships, established an innovation partnership in 2005 for NX and Teamcenter.
Since 1984, Hendrick Motorsports has earned 10 championships in NASCAR's Sprint Cup Series, including 194 victories. Headquartered in Concord, N.C., the organization employs more than 500 people and currently fields four full-time Chevrolet teams on the Cup Series circuit. For more information, please visit www.HendrickMotorsports.com.
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 6.7 million licensed seats and more than 69,500 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.
Siemens Industry Automation Division (Nuremberg, Germany) is a worldwide leader in the fields of automation systems, industrial controls 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 33,000 employees worldwide (September 30), Siemens Industry Automation achieved sales of €6.2 billion in fiscal year 2010. www.siemens.com/industryautomation
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