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March 9, 2009 10:12 PM

Travis Kvapil and other news....

Scenedaily with a great article on Roush Fenway looking for additional money to aid the Cup Sponsors they already have.

Yates Racing says that Travis Kvapil still has no guarantees that he will be racing at the end of the month.

The over night rating for the Atlanta Sprint Cup race is a 4.7.  That is down from the 5.6 rating the race got last year.

I got this in a press release:

Michael Waltrip Racing to Implement PLM Solutions From Dassault Systèmes


Technical Director Aims for Faster, Better

Woodland Hills, Calif. - March 9, 2009 - Dassault Systèmes (DS) (Euronext Paris: #13065, DSY.PA), a world leader in 3D and Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solutions, recently signed a contract with NASCAR team Michael Waltrip Racing (MWR), to provide PLM solutions to support every phase of Waltrip's design processes, from initial concept to production. The contract includes CATIA for virtual product design and analysis and ENOVIA SmarTeam to collaboratively manage engineering processes between all users.

Team Technical Director Nick Hughes brought considerable experience with DS PLM technology to his position at Waltrip. "My past experience with CATIA has shown it to shave 70 percent off digital model assembly time compared to other technologies. We look forward to using virtualization at MWR to give us an edge in this ultra-competitive sport."

CATIA will allow Waltrip to develop high performance race cars through virtual testing rather than building costly, full-scale physical prototypes. In addition, by complementing CATIA with ENOVIA SmarTeam, Waltrip will be able to securely capture, manage and reuse corporate product knowledge to facilitate innovation and maintain product quality while reducing costs and time-to-market.

"NASCAR rules change frequently, and you don't always have time to get the car out onto the track," Hughes explains.  "Therefore, the ability to simulate modifications prior to applying them to the car can make a big difference. Also, racecars are expensive!  By simulating a change before implementing it, we can control costs and save time in the shop."

"Toyota Motor Company has been working with our PLM solution set since 2002," said Kendall Pond, vice president, Business Development, Dassault Systèmes. "We are glad to bring this expertise to Toyota's motorsports teams and commend Waltrip for making this commitment to being a technology leader in this field."

Motorsports Drivers for Michael Waltrip Racing include David Reutimann, Josh Wise and team owner Michael Waltrip. The team is headquartered in Cornelius, N.C., and races Toyota Camrys with engines designed by Toyota Racing Development USA.

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About Dassault Systèmes
As a world leader in 3D and Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solutions, Dassault Systèmes brings value to more than 100,000 customers in 80 countries. A pioneer in the 3D software market since 1981, Dassault Systèmes develops and markets PLM application software and services that support industrial processes and provide a 3D vision of the entire lifecycle of products from conception to maintenance to recycling. The Dassault Systèmes portfolio consists of CATIA for designing the virtual product - SolidWorks for 3D mechanical design - DELMIA for virtual production - SIMULIA for virtual testing - ENOVIA for global collaborative lifecycle management, and 3DVIA for online 3D lifelike experiences.  Dassault Systèmes' shares are listed on Euronext Paris (#13065, DSY.PA) and Dassault Systèmes' ADRs may be traded on the US Over-The-Counter (OTC) market (DASTY). For more information, visit http://www.3ds.com.

CATIA, DELMIA, ENOVIA, SIMULIA, SolidWorks and 3D VIA are registered trademarks of Dassault Systèmes or its subsidiaries in the US and/or other countries.

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