High Tech Meets High Speed - Infineon Wins Around the Globe
Infineons competency in automotive electronics is crucial for the companys involvement in motor sports. Technical co-operations like the ones with the Scuderia Ferrari and the Infineon Team Farnbacher/PZM help to enhance the companys expertise in automotive electronics.
The results of this season are an impressive confirmation of the contribution we make to the success of the teams we sponsor, said Dr. Reinhard Ploss, CEO of Infineons Automotive and Industrial Group. These long-term partnerships allow us and our teams to benefit from our technological advantage and to set new standards for automotive electronics in the highly complex and dynamic field of motor sports. Infineon is the worlds second largest and Europes largest supplier of semiconductor solutions for automotive electronics.
To win in the Porsche Michelin Supercup, the race car must be tailored for the course, said Andreas Pechlaner, responsible for Motor Sport Electronics at Infineon Technologies. Infineon has been the teams main sponsor and technical partner for three years. During the entire season, Infineons engineers helped with the collection and analysis of data like engine speed and temperature as well as longitudinal and lateral acceleration. With these parameters, the team mechanics and drivers were able to fine-tune and optimize the race cars chassis. After their first championship title in the 2001 season and a second place in 2002, the Infineon Team Farnbacher/PZM won provisionally the 2003 championship. The decision will be made by the FIA (Fédération Internationale de lAutomobile). Given a positive outcome, the Infineon drivers Frank Stippler and Pierre Kaffer will have finished the Porsche Michelin Supercup 2003 with first and third place in the drivers standings.
The Infineon Team Joest won the top team ranking in the American Le Mans Series (ALMS) for the fourth time in a row. The two drivers, Frank Biela and Marco Werner, took the top spot in the driver ratings. In the U.S., Infineon was the 2003 co-sponsor of the Visteon/Patrick Racing team, which secured with its driver Oriol Servia a seventh place ranking in the 2003 Bridgestone Presents the Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford.
In 2003, the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia was held for the first time. The team Infineon-Novellus and its driver Charles Kwan took the first place title in this inaugural season. Charles Kwan won 5 out of 12 races in Asia-Pacific and secured the overall top ranking for himself and his team.
We are very proud of the excellent results of our race teams, which confirms the success of our partnerships. Our commitment to motor sports allows us to demonstrate Infineons competency in automotive electronics under extreme racing conditions and to spread our brand around the world, added Dr. Reinhard Ploss.
Infineon Technologies AG, Munich, Germany, offers semiconductor and system solutions for the automotive and industrial sectors, for applications in the wired communications markets, secure mobile solutions as well as memory products. With a global presence, Infineon operates in the US from San Jose, CA, in the Asia-Pacific region from Singapore and in Japan from Tokyo. In fiscal year 2003 (ending September), the company achieved sales of Euro 6.15 billion with about 32,300 employees worldwide. Infineon is listed on the DAX index of the Frankfurt Stock Exchange and on the New York Stock Exchange (ticker symbol: IFX). Further information is available at www.infineon.com.