UGS Sponsored Race Teams Claim Victories in Three Racing Circuits with the Help of UGS PLM Technology
PLANO, Texas – UGS Corp., a leading provider of product lifecycle management (PLM) products and services, announced UGS-sponsored racing teams – whose cars are developed with the help of UGS® PLM technology – claimed victories in three racing circuits. Andretti Green Racing driver Tony Kanaan won the IndyCar Series® Indy Japan 300; Hendrick Motorsports driver Jeff Gordon won the NASCAR® NEXTEL Cup Series at Phoenix International Raceway; and KB Racing driver Greg Anderson won the NHRA SUMMITRACING.COM Nationals in Las Vegas.
Kanaan, the 2004 IndyCar Series champion, won the Indy Japan 300 to claim his eighth career IndyCar Series victory and tie for the fifth-most victories in IndyCar Series history. The win moved Kanaan into second place in the IndyCar Series driver championship, three points out of the lead.
Gordon, a four-time NEXTEL Cup Champion, won the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series at Phoenix and became the first driver to win from the pole at Phoenix. The win, Gordon’s 76th career victory and his first at Phoenix, ties him for sixth place on the career victory list. This leaves only two NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series race tracks, Texas and Homestead, where Gordon has not posted a victory. Hendrick Motorsports drivers have now won five of the first eight points races this year.
Anderson, the three-time NHRA Pro Stock world champion, won the NHRA SUMMITRACING.COM Nationals in Las Vegas. This win, Anderson’s third this season, combined with teammate Jason Line’s win at the previous event gives KB Racing four of the first five races for the season.
“UGS congratulates the racing teams on their tremendous success so far this season, we are thrilled that our PLM technology is helping the race teams get ahead of the competition in such a dominating fashion,” said Dave Shirk, executive vice president of Global Marketing for UGS. “The fact that UGS sponsored race teams continue to bring home victories week after week is proof that UGS’ PLM technology is the best on the race track. UGS is helping our race teams win the same way we help our customers win, by providing the best PLM technology in the market.”
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; Roush Fenway Racing, winner of the 2003 and 2004 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.
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