Autodesk and INDYCAR Form Three-Year Technology Partnership

  Autodesk and INDYCAR Form Three-Year Technology Partnership

Cutting-Edge Software Meets Blazing Fast Cars in New, Formalized Relationship

Autodesk University 2012

Business Wire

LAS VEGAS -- November 29, 2012

Autodesk, Inc. (NASDAQ: ADSK), the leader in cloud-based design and
engineering software, and INDYCAR, the auto racing sanctioning body behind
such famed events as the Indianapolis 500, have signed a three-year technology

INDYCAR's engineering and operations group will use Autodesk Digital
Prototyping applications to des ...

INDYCAR's engineering and operations group will use Autodesk Digital
Prototyping applications to design and engineer product innovations for
chassis designs, parts and components. (Photo: Business Wire)

The partnership will provide broad access to Autodesk software offerings,
including Autodesk Product Design Suite, Autodesk Simulation 360, Autodesk
Entertainment Creation Suite and Autodesk PLM 360, to IZOD IndyCar Series
teams and drivers that compete in the fastest and most diverse racing series
in the world.

“INDYCAR’s technological heritage dates to the use of the first rearview
mirror on an automobile during the inaugural Indianapolis 500 in 1911,” said
Greg Gruning, executive vice president, Corporate Business Development at
INDYCAR. “Our partnership with Autodesk is a 21^st century technology
collaboration that gives INDYCAR new opportunities to improve our sport both
on and off the racetrack in the near and long term.”

Increased role for Autodesk 3D Software

INDYCAR’s engineering and operations group will use Digital Prototyping
applications such as Autodesk Inventor 3D CAD software to design and engineer
product innovations for chassis designs, parts and components. The group also
plans to employ the cloud-based optimization power of Autodesk Simulation 360
to digitally simulate the performance impact of design changes before they are
added to the race cars.

This capability will better enable the organization to come up with
aerodynamic specifications for components that all race teams can agree upon
-- reducing any advantages or disadvantages among teams and creating a more
competitive and exciting racing environment.

INDYCAR already employs Autodesk software within its operations for a variety
of important functions. For example, the organization uses AutoCAD software to
create detailed garage layouts before each event, which helps improve the
logistics of load-in and load-out at venues. Additionally, the detailed
drawings that are used for sled crash tests -- which play a critical role in
improving driver safety -- are prepared with AutoCAD.

“Gaining full access to our product portfolio will let INDYCAR take advantage
of all that we have to offer, from the desktop to the cloud,” said Brenda
Discher, vice president, Manufacturing Industry Strategy and Marketing at
Autodesk. “Like INDYCAR, we are always keeping an eye on the road ahead, and
we look forward to being part of their continued track record of success.”


INDYCAR was formed in 1994 to preserve the heritage and excitement of the
Indianapolis 500 in U.S. open-wheel racing. INDYCAR is the governing body of
the IZOD IndyCar Series, the premier open-wheel racing series in North
America; Firestone Indy Lights, which serves as an essential stepping stone
for drivers and teams striving to reach the IZOD IndyCar Series; the Star
Mazda Championship presented by Goodyear, which serves as the middle rung on
the Mazda Road to Indy development program, and Cooper Tires presents the
USF2000 National Championship, the entry level to the ladder system. INDYCAR
events are available to a worldwide audience through a variety of multimedia
platforms, highlighted by long-term and broad-reaching partnerships with ABC
and the NBC Sports Network. INDYCAR is continually at the forefront of
motorsports innovation with drivers, teams and tracks benefiting from safety
and technological improvements such as the SAFER Barrier, SWEMS wheel tethers,
chassis enhancements, high-definition in-car cameras and E85 fuel.

About the IZOD IndyCar Series

The IZOD IndyCar Series is the premier open-wheel series in North America,
competing on a challenging combination of superspeedways, short ovals,
undulating road courses and temporary street circuits. In 2013 the IZOD
IndyCar Series will conduct 19 races in the United States, Canada and Brazil
-- all available in high-definition worldwide through comprehensive, long-term
agreements with ABC, the NBC Sports Network, ESPN International and TV
Bandeirantes. The IZOD IndyCar Series continues to be the fastest, most
diverse and most competitive racing series that features an international cast
of star drivers and venues. It also is the leader in motorsports technology
and safety. For more information on the IZOD IndyCar Series, visit

About Autodesk University

Now in its 20th year, Autodesk University is the annual series of Autodesk
in-person and virtual user conferences, which include the flagship Autodesk
University event in Las Vegas, as well as international events including
Autodesk University Japan, Brazil, Russia, Germany and China. Associated
online content is available through Autodesk University Virtual. The 2012
events will bring together over 70,000 designers, engineers, architects and
digital artists to Learn, Connect and Explore. More information is available
at theAutodesk UniversityWeb site.

About Autodesk

Autodesk, Inc., is a leader in 3D design, engineering and entertainment
software. Customers across the manufacturing, architecture, building,
construction, and media and entertainment industries -- including the last 17
Academy Award winners for Best Visual Effects -- use Autodesk software to
design, visualize and simulate their ideas. Since its introduction of AutoCAD
software in 1982, Autodesk continues to develop the broadest portfolio of
state-of-the-art software for global markets. For additional information about
Autodesk, visit

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