Panther Racing Demonstrates STAR-CCM+ Simulation Leads to Engineering Success

By Cd-adapco, PRNE
Monday, June 6, 2011

NEW YORK, June 7, 2011 -

- STAR-CCM+ simulation software aided with designing the Panther Racing
Team's IndyCar which JR Hildebrand drove to second place at the Indy 500

CD-adapco would like to congratulate the Panther Racing Team and JR
Hildebrand on their second place finish in the Greatest Spectacle in Racing -
the Indianapolis 500. Panther Racing uses CD-adapco's STAR-CCM+ engineering
simulation software to optimize the aerodynamic performance and thermal
durability of its IndyCar to gain a competitive advantage. Given that
Hildebrand was also the fastest rookie in the field - it would appear that
the engineers at Panther Racing have capitalized on this advantage.

The Panther Racing National Guard IndyCar, piloted by 23-year-old rookie
JR Hildebrand, was denied victory in perhaps the most dramatic finale in the
100 year history of the world's famous motor-race. Retaking the lead late in
the race, Hildebrand needed to round the final turn and negotiate traffic to
secure his place in racing history. Unfortunately, Hildebrand's tires lost
traction on "marbles", lumps of discarded tire rubber, losing traction,
causing him to crash into the wall of Turn 4 and yield victory to Dan
. Despite the damage, Hildebrand was able to hang on for another
second place finish for Panther Racing making this 4 in a row.

"The disappointment of not winning the race isn't for me personally, but
more for my team, Panther Racing and for everybody in the National Guard,"
Hildebrand said. "These guys did an unbelievable job putting us in a position
to win the Indianapolis 500 and I don't think you can say enough about our
performance here this month."

CD-adapco's Senior VP, Bill Clark, was impressed by Hildebrand's
performance on the track but more so by Hildebrand's attitude immediately
following the race: "Our company's success is heavily dependent on team work
and each employee's desire and commitment to pursue excellence. The poise and
humility that Hildebrand exhibited in the moments after the race are a credit
to his character and demonstrate his reliance on and respect for his Panther
Racing teammates. CD-adapco is proud to have played a small part in this
inspirational story. We are confident that Panther Racing will return to the
victory lane soon."

    Press Contact
    Lauren Gautier, CD-adapco


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