CHAMPCAR/CART: Rocketsports renews primary sponsor

Johnson Controls renews Sponsorship of Rocketsports Racing in Champ Car World Series DETROIT, MICHIGAN, U.S.A. (January 6, 2004) -- Johnson Controls (NYSE:JCI) today announced its continued sponsorship of Lansing, Michigan-based Rocketsports ...

Johnson Controls renews Sponsorship of Rocketsports Racing in Champ Car World Series

DETROIT, MICHIGAN, U.S.A. (January 6, 2004) -- Johnson Controls (NYSE:JCI) today announced its continued sponsorship of Lansing, Michigan-based Rocketsports Racing in the 2004 Champ Car World Series. Brian Kesseler, group vice president and general manager of customer business units for the Automotive Group of Johnson Controls, and Rocketsports team owner, Paul Gentilozzi announced their return to the premier open-wheel racing series with ambitious plans for the upcoming season.

Rocketsports team owner Paul Gentilozzi shakes hands with Johnson Controls Group Vice President Brian Kesseler; JCI announced their return to the Champ Car World Series, and continued sponsorship of Rocketsports at the Auto Show.
Photo by LAT - Michael L. Levitt.
The automotive systems and facility management and controls leader entered Champ Car competition in 2003 with the No. 33 Johnson Controls Lola driven by Alex Tagliani.

Tagliani took the young team to the podium three times, secured two pole positions and finished a strong tenth in the championship standings.

Johnson Controls and Rocketsports Racing share a rich history, which started in 1998, with support of Rocketsports in what is now known as the Motorock Trans-Am Tour. An accomplished driver, Gentilozzi earned three Trans-Am championship titles for Johnson Controls and holds numerous Tour records. Gentilozzi has now shifted his primary focus from the cockpit to pit lane, directing the open-wheel team efforts.

"Johnson Controls is pleased to join Paul Gentilozzi and the Rocketsports team for a second Champ Car season," said Brian Kesseler, group vice president and general manager of customer business units for the Automotive Group of Johnson Controls. "Through our involvement, we're able to enhance our relationships with key customers and gain new opportunities."

"Involvement in the Champ Car World Series has taken Rocketsports Racing and Johnson Controls to new levels of competition and business relationships," said Gentilozzi. "We are excited and proud to continue to build on the foundations we have established in our first season and plan to further utilize the opportunities available to us through racing."

"Johnson Controls has been an effective and supportive part of our Champ Car effort," continued Gentilozzi. "They have become an integral part of the team and have been involved in many aspects of the competition, making the most of their sponsorship and access to the team and paddock."

Johnson Controls is a global market leader in automotive systems and facility management and control. In the automotive market, it is a major supplier of integrated seating and interior systems, and batteries. For non-residential facilities, Johnson Controls provides control systems and services including comfort, energy and security management. Johnson Controls (NYSE: JCI), founded in 1885, has headquarters in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

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