CHAMPCAR/CART: ABB Flexible Automation Joins The Visteon/Patrick Racing Team

Auburn Hills, Michigan, February 28, 2000 - ABB Flexible Automation announced today that they have entered into a strategic alliance partnership to become an associate sponsor on the ...

Auburn Hills, Michigan, February 28, 2000 - ABB Flexible Automation announced today that they have entered into a strategic alliance partnership to become an associate sponsor on the #20 Visteon/Patrick Racing/Ford-Cosworth (Reynard-Firestone) car driven by Roberto Moreno for the 2000 FedEx Championship Series season.

"Patrick Racing welcomes ABB to our race family for the 2000 FedEx Championship Series season". As a world class company, ABB provides the type of strong sponsorship and support that is needed to succeed in this business" said U. E. "Pat" Patrick.

Visteon, the primary sponsor of the #20 Visteon/Patrick Racing entry, is pleased to have ABB join their efforts both on and off the race track. By expanding its partnerships with ABB Flexible Automation in racing, Visteon is also building key business alliances for their future in the automotive industry.

"In 1999 ABB supplied close to $20 million worth of high technology automation and powertrain assembly systems to Visteon throughout the world" said Bob Marshall, Purchasing Manager for Visteon. "We're pleased that a world renowned technology leader like ABB has accepted our invitation to sponsor our racing program and partner with Visteon for the upcoming season".

"ABB is recognized as the worldwide leader in robotic automation" said Silas Nichols, President of Manufacturing Industry & Robotics Products. "We're proud to have formed this partnership alliance with Visteon and Patrick Racing who share ABB's technology driven philosophy".

ABB Flexible Automation is a global supplier of manufacturing automation systems and robotic equipment to automotive and general industry for applications including press tending, welding, painting, sealing, powertrain assembly & test, material handling, machine tending, picking, packaging, and palletizing. ABB Flexible Automation is the world's leading manufacturer of industrial robots and industrial robotic systems with more than 19,300 robots installed in U.S. plants and 80,000 worldwide.

In 1999, ABB Flexible Automation celebrated its 25th anniversary in robotics.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Roberto Moreno