NASCAR® NEXTEL Cup Series Chase for the Championship Begins: UGS Technology Helps Company-sponsored Race Teams Win Four of the Top Ten Spots
Hendrick Motorsports Drivers Jimmie Johnson, Kyle Busch and Jeff Gordon Start The Chase in Second, Fourth and Ninth Place, Respectively Joe Gibbs Racing’s Rookie Driver Denny Hamlin Starts the Chase in Fifth Place
Friday, September 15, 2006 - PLANO, Texas – UGS Corp., a leading provider of product lifecycle management (PLM) products and services, today announced UGS-sponsored Joe Gibbs Racing and Hendrick Motorsports – whose cars are developed with the help of UGS® digital product development technology – won four of the top ten spots in the NASCAR® NEXTEL Cup Series Chase for the Championship.
Joe Gibbs Racing’s rookie driver Denny Hamlin, who will start the chase in fifth place, won the Pocono 500 and Pennsylvania 500 to sweep the two NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series races this year at Pocono Raceway. Hamlin also became the first rookie to win the Budweiser Shootout in its 28-year history. The Budweiser Shootout is the traditional kickoff to the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup season held the week before the Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway.
Hendrick Motorsports drivers Jimmie Johnson, Kyle Busch and Jeff Gordon will start the chase in second, fourth and ninth place respectively.
Johnson, who won four 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 and Aaron’s 499 at Talladega Superspeedway. 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.
Kyle Busch, who holds the record for the youngest pole winner and youngest race winner in NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series and is the youngest Raybestos® Rookie of the Year (2005) winner, won the Lenox Industrial Tools 300 at New Hampshire International Speedway, in NASCAR’s version of overtime.
Jeff Gordon, a four-time NEXTEL Cup Champion, a three-time Daytona 500 winner and a three-time NASCAR NEXTEL All-Star Challenge winner, won the Dodge/Save Mart 350 at Infineon Raceway and the USG Sheetrock 400 at Chicagoland Speedway. The USG Sheetrock 400 was Gordon’s 75th career win and his first at Chicagoland Speedway, leaving only three NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series race tracks where Jeff Gordon had not posted a victory. Gordon also won the Gatorade Duel 2 leading up to the Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway.
“UGS congratulates Hendrick Motorsports and Joe Gibbs Racing and their drivers for making the Chase for the Championship, and we wish the teams good luck,” said Dave Shirk, executive vice president of Global Marketing for UGS. “UGS and UGS-sponsored racing teams share a common culture of teamwork and a relentless pursuit of excellence, pieces that are integral for success. UGS 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 of the pack and go for the championship.”
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. Joe Gibbs Racing, winner of the 2005 NASCAR® NEXTEL Cup Championship, Hendrick Motorsports (participant in the NASCAR® NEXTEL Cup Series) and Andretti Green Racing, winner of the Indy Racing League® (IRL) IndyCar® Series Championship two years running, 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 three 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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