2005 Corvette Racing Partners
DETROIT – General Motors is pleased to announce the 2005 Corvette Racing corporate partners, with a special thank you to Compuware, the primary sponsor whose continued support will usher in the new era of Corvette racing with the all-new Corvette C6.R.
Compuware is one of the world’s top information technology (IT) staffing firms. Founded in 1973, Compuware serves the leading IT organizations, including more than 90 percent of the Fortune 100 companies. For more information, go to: www.compuware.com
“Partnering with GM and Corvette for the fourth straight year to create the Compuware Corvette Racing program is a great way to reach our best customers with the Compuware story,” said Compuware Chairman and CEO Peter Karmanos, Jr.
Secondary Corvette sponsors include: Mobil1, Motorola, XM Satellite Radio, GMAC, Michelin, AER, Bose, Corsa Performance Exhausts, and PRS Guitars. The logo of each company will be displayed on the Corvette C6.R during American Le Mans Series competition (ALMS), and at the legendary 24 Hours of Le Mans. See the following supplemental document for background information on each company.
“GM Racing is proud to be associated with the Corvette Racing sponsor companies, as each is known for excellence and quality in its respected industry. But more than just sponsors, GM Racing Business Development seeks companies with whom it can enter into longtime partnerships and develop a true synergy. We’re building a family of GM-powered partners who are contributing to the achievements of the Corvette Racing program,” said David Pettit, GM racing business development manager.
The Corvette C6.R will make its ALMS debut at 12 Hours of Sebring in March. GM’s two-car, factory-backed Chevrolet sports car program will compete in the production-based GT1 class of ALMS as well as the 24 Hours of Le Mans, a race where the Corvette has won its class for three out of the past four years. The new race car is the most technically advanced sports car ever developed by General Motors, culling years of experience from the dominant Corvette C5.R as well as the advancements brought forth from the next-generation Corvette C6 and Z06 production models.
The 2005 Corvette Racing schedule is as follows:
March 19 – 12 Hours of Sebring – Sebring, Florida
April 17 – Road Atlanta – Braselton, Georgia
May 22 – Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course – Lexington, Ohio
June 18-19 – 24 Hours of Le Mans – Le Mans, France
July 3 – Lime Rock Park – Lakeville, Connecticut
July 17 – Infineon Raceway – Sonoma, California
July 31 – Portland International Speedway – Portland, Oregon
August 21 – Road America – Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin
September 4 – Mosport International Raceway – Bowmanville, Ontario
October 1 – Pettit Le Mans at Road Atlanta – Atlanta, Georgia
October 15 – Laguna Seca Raceway – Monterey, California
The latest ALMS news can be found on the series website at: www.americanlemans.com
TEAM CORVETTE PRIMARY SPONSOR
Compuware Corporation maximizes the value information technology (IT) brings to companies by helping a chief information officer (CIO) more effectively manage the business of IT. Compuware solutions accelerate the development, improve the quality and enhance the performance of critical business systems while enabling a CIO to align and govern the entire IT portfolio, increasing efficiency, cost control and employee productivity throughout the IT organization. Founded in 1973, Compuware serves the world’s leading IT organizations, including more than 90 percent of the Fortune 100 companies. www.compuware.com
Mobil 1, the world’s leading synthetic motor oil, celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2004. Since becoming the first widely available automotive synthetic motor oil in 1974, Mobil 1 has been known as a technological leader in the synthetic oil category and is the number one selling synthetic motor oil globally. With enhanced wear protection, all temperature durability and improved protection against sludge and harmful deposits, Mobil 1 continues to push the envelope to bring drivers unsurpassed vehicle protection and enhanced performance. Mobil 1 is also used in the world’s most advanced racecars. www.mobil1.com
Motorola is a Fortune 100 global communications leader that provides seamless mobility products and solutions across broadband, embedded systems and wireless networks. In your home, auto, workplace, and all spaces in between, seamless mobility means you can reach the people, things and information you need, anywhere, anytime. Seamless mobility harnesses the power of technology convergence and enables smarter, faster, cost-effective and flexible communication. Motorola had sales $31.3 billion in the U.S. in 2004. www.motorola.com
XM Satellite Radio
XM Satellite Radio is America’s #1 satellite radio service with more than 2.5 million subscribers. Broadcasting live daily from studios in Washington, DC, New York City and Nashville at the Country Music Hall of Fame, XM’s 2004 lineup includes more than 130 digital channels of choice from coast to coast: 68 one-hundred-percent commercial-free music channels, featuring hip hop to opera, classical to country, bluegrass to blues; more than 40 channels of premier sports, talk, comedy, children’s and entertainment programming; and 21 channels of the most advanced traffic and weather information for major metropolitan areas nationwide. As the Official Satellite Radio Network for Major League Baseball (MLB) and the Exclusive Satellite Radio Service for NASCAR, as well as the Official Satellite Radio Service for ACC, PAC-10 and Big-10 collegiate football and basketball, XM Satellite Radio is the industry leader in sports radio programming, offering thousands of live sporting events each year.
Additionally, consumers can experience XM over the Internet through XM Radio Online at www.xmradio.com
GMAC Financial Services
GMAC Financial Services includes automotive financing, commercial finance, insurance and mortgage products, and real estate services. With a presence in 42 nations, GMAC, a wholly owned subsidiary of General Motors since 1919, has extended more than $1.3 trillion in credit to finance upwards of 158 million vehicles. The mission of GMAC Financial Services is to be the preeminent financial services provider to its global customer base, delivering the highest quality products and services, and giving its shareholder, General Motors Corporation, a superior return on investment. www.gmacfs.com
Michelin, the world’s largest tire maker, manufactures and sells tires for every type of vehicle, including airplanes, automobiles, bicycles, earthmovers, farm equipment, heavy-duty trucks, motorcycles and the space shuttle. The company also publishes travel guides, maps and atlases covering Europe, Asia, Africa and North America. Headquartered in Greenville, S.C., Michelin North America employs 23,920 and operates 21 plants in 17 locations. www.michelin.com
AER is the world’s largest engine re-manufacturer, producing more than 140,000 units a year from their plant in Carrollton, Texas. The company serves both the automotive aftermarket, and provides original equipment services to many automakers, including GM. For over 60 years, AER has set the industry standard for engine re-manufacturers, offering high-quality engines that exceed industry standards with same-as-new performance. AER has developed an outstanding reputation for quality and reliability. www.aerengines.com
CORSA Performance Exhausts
CORSA Performance Exhausts. Focusing on the development of proprietary technology, CORSA Performance Exhaust employs patented Reflective Sound Cancellation technology in its performance automotive exhaust systems for a wide range of vehicles, including the Corvette C6 and Cadillac CTS-V. CORSA’s 100 percent stainless steel cat-back exhausts are specifically tuned to each vehicle to eliminate passenger cabin resonance and to produce just the right sound. CORSA offers performance exhaust systems and accessories for cars, trucks and SUVs. www.corsaperformance.com
Paul Reed Smith Guitars
Paul Reed Smith Guitars, a leading manufacturer of high-end electric and electro-acoustic guitars has become the quality benchmark in the guitar industry. PRS Guitars are handcrafted with attention to detail from the finest materials available. Through innovative design, PRS provides the musician with the best instrument possible. PRS Guitars are used by Carlos Santana, Dave Navarro, Mark Tremonti, and a veritable who’s who of top musicians. Founded in 1985, PRS is based in Stevenville, Maryland. www.prsguitars.com
Bose Corporation was founded in 1964 by MIT Professor Amar G. Bose and has built its reputation with an uncompromising commitment to lifelike sound. In 1983, Bose introduced the industry’s first custom designed, factory-installed premium automotive sound system, setting a new standard in automotive audio. Today, Bose has operations in the United States, Europe, Canada, Australia, Asia and South America. www.bose.com
Release Date: February 2, 2005