PLANO, Texas--(BUSINESS WIRE)--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 Siemens PLM Software-sponsored driver Jimmie Johnson and Hendrick Motorsports – whose cars are developed with the help of Siemens PLM Software technology – won the 2008 NASCAR® Sprint Cup championship for the third straight year. Johnson secured the championship in the final NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Race of the season at Homestead-Miami Speedway, to become only the second driver in NASCAR history to win three consecutive championships.
Siemens PLM Software-sponsored race teams dominated the Chase for the Championship winning nine of ten Chase races and finishing 1-2-3 in the final standings. Roush Fenway Racing driver Carl Edwards, who won the final race, and teammate Greg Biffle finished second and third overall, respectively.
Siemens PLM Software-sponsored races teams have now won nine straight NASCAR Sprint Cup championships, including every championship this decade.
The nine of ten Chase race wins came with Biffle winning the first two races at New Hampshire Motor Speedway and Dover International Speedway; Johnson winning the third, sixth and ninth races at Kansas Speedway, Martinsville Speedway and Phoenix International Raceway; Joe Gibbs Racing driver Tony Stewart winning at Talladega Superspeedway; and Edwards winning the seventh, eighth and final races at Atlanta Motor Speedway, Texas Motor Speedway and Homestead-Miami Speedway.
“To win back-to-back championships was something special, but to win three straight is indescribable,” said Rick Hendrick, owner, Hendrick Motorsports. “I’m proud of Jimmie, the No.48 team and everyone at 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 Siemens PLM Software is part of that team. We are thrilled to have Siemens PLM Software as a partner,” added Hendrick.
“Siemens PLM Software congratulates Hendrick Motorsports and Jimmie Johnson on winning three straight championships, what an amazing accomplishment; we also congratulate all our sponsored race teams for a great year,” said Dave Shirk, executive vice president of Global Marketing for 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.”
A Tradition of Technology and Tracks
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 TecnomatixTM software, Siemens PLM Software’s best-in-class digital manufacturing solution.
About Hendrick Motorsports
Since 1984, Hendrick Motorsports has earned 12 championships in NASCAR's top three divisions, including eight titles and 175 victories in the sanctioning body's premier series, the Sprint Cup. Headquartered in Concord, N.C., the organization employs 550 people and currently fields four full-time Chevrolet teams on the Cup Series circuit. For more information, please visit www.HendrickMotorsports.com.
About Joe Gibbs Racing
Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) is one of the premier organizations in NASCAR, currently fielding three NASCAR Sprint Cup Series teams, two NASCAR Nationwide Series teams and a driver development program. Its driver lineup consists of Kyle Busch, Denny Hamlin and Joey Lagano in the Sprint Cup Series and Nationwide Series; and Marc Davis in the NASCAR Camping World Series East. Based in Huntersville, N.C., and owned by Joe Gibbs – a three-time Super Bowl winner as head coach of the Washington Redskins and a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame – JGR has competed in NASCAR since 1992, winning three Cup Series championships and more than 100 NASCAR races, including three Brickyard 400s and the 1993 Daytona 500.
About Roush Fenway Racing
Roush Fenway Racing operates 13 full-time motorsports teams, five in NASCAR Sprint Cup with drivers Matt Kenseth, Jamie McMurray, Greg Biffle, Carl Edwards and David Ragan; four in the Nationwide Series with Kenseth, Biffle, Edwards, McMurray, Ragan, Erik Darnell and Colin Braun; three in the Craftsman Truck Series with Darnell, Braun, Kvapil, Bobby East and John Wes Townley; and one in the ARCA RE/MAX Series with Ricky Stenhouse, Jr.
About Siemens PLM Software
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 5.5 million licensed seats and 51,000 customers worldwide. Headquartered in Plano, Texas, Siemens PLM Software’s open enterprise solutions enable a world where organizations and their partners collaborate through Global Innovation Networks to deliver world-class products and services. For more information on Siemens PLM Software products and services, visit www.siemens.com/plm.
About the Siemens Industry Automation Division
The Siemens Industry Automation Division (Nuremberg), a division of the Siemens Industry Sector, 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 industry to solutions for whole industries and systems 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.
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