HILLIARD, OH . . .Team Rahal announced today it has formed a technical partnership with Altair Engineering Inc.-one of the world's leading providers of engineering consulting and virtual prototyping solutions. Altair will supply optimization and simulation software products and services to the team's engineering department for the remainder of the 2000 season.

"We are thrilled to welcome Altair Engineering as a technical partner for the remainder of the 2000 CART season," said three-time CART Champion Bobby Rahal. "Altair has proven repeatedly to be an innovative, forward-thinking company with a record of success. We feel our partnership with Altair will give us a competitive advantage over the course of the season."

Michael J. Kidder, Altair Director of Marketing said: "International auto racing at this level is a perfect forum to showcase Altair's deep engineering consulting knowledge in the automotive design process, as well as demonstrate flagship software such as Altair* MotionView* for multi-body dynamics simulation. We are enthusiastic to work on such a high-profile engagement."

Headquartered in Troy, Michigan, Altair Engineering is among the world's leading providers of engineering consulting services, including product development, process and product information management, virtual prototyping, testing, and training. Anchored by its Altair* HyperWorks* suite, Altair is the premier developer of software for visualization, simulation, and process automation. Altair is a powerful influence in the world of manufacturing, with offices throughout North America, Europe and Asia.

Team Rahal is a franchise member of Championship Auto Racing Teams (CART). Headquartered in Hilliard, Ohio, the team owned by three-time CART Champion Bobby Rahal and CBS LATE SHOW host David Letterman, currently fields a pair of Championship Cars for Max Papis and Kenny Brack in the CART FedEx Championship Series. The 70-member team enjoys primary sponsorship from Shell Oil Products Company and Miller Brewing Company.