Corvette Racing sponsor news 2003-06-16

DETROIT -- Compuware Corporation (NASDAQ: CPWR) is known for performance, technological innovation and speed, but customers can now see this horsepower and competitive spirit firsthand through the new Compuware Corvette Racing Team competing in...

DETROIT -- Compuware Corporation (NASDAQ: CPWR) is known for performance, technological innovation and speed, but customers can now see this horsepower and competitive spirit firsthand through the new Compuware Corvette Racing Team competing in the American Le Mans Series.

Compuware is stepping up its involvement with General Motors and its Corvette Racing program to field two teams in the GTS class of the American Le Mans Series. The series, which in 2003 will feature nine events in the United States and Canada, combines high-performance, high-tech automobiles with endurance competition that requires reliability, durability and focus. The Compuware name and logo can be seen prominently on the race cars, driver and team uniforms, team equipment and facility signage.

"Partnering with GM and Corvette to create the Compuware Corvette Racing program is a great way to reach our best customers with the Compuware story," said Pete Karmanos, Jr., founder and CEO of Compuware. "Racing is a lot like software application development. Most of the engineering, innovation and strategy happen behind the scenes. Just like we help companies optimize their business applications and ensure the quality of their IT programming, the Compuware race team does a great deal of research, testing and data analysis to ensure the cars achieve peak performance.

"Our goals are consistent, too," added Karmanos. "It is all about being fast to the finish, whether that means building and analyzing software applications or getting to victory lane."

Compuware Corvette Racing has already been to victory lane this season, with the No. 3 Compuware Corvette C5-R taking first place in the GTS class at the season-opening 12 Hours of Sebring, in Sebring, Fla. Drivers of the No. 3 Compuware Corvette -- Ron Fellows, Johnny O'Connell and Franck Freon -- celebrated the win and offered high hopes for repeating their GTS Driver Championship title from 2002.

"There's nothing like driving a Chevrolet Corvette at Sebring!" said O'Connell after the Sebring win. "Everyone here on the No. 3 Compuware car did a great job. I tip my hat to Ron and Franck -- we've enjoyed great success together and this is a great win."

Compuware will use the racing program to support one of its major new product initiatives for 2003 -- the introduction of Compuware Application Reliability Solution (CARS), a comprehensive application quality offering that combines technology, expertise and process to ensure the deliver of high-quality, reliable business-driving applications. CARS introduces and enforces quality assurance discipline across the organization, resulting in more efficient and effective quality assurance efforts. CARS provides management the knowledge needed to make informed deployment decisions.

"Compuware Corvette Racing relies on smart data analysis, advanced engineering and leading-edge technology to prepare its winning race cars, the identical principles that Compuware's CARS offers companies to test and fine tune their applications' integrity and functionality throughout the development process," said Karmanos. "Hosting customers at the races allows Compuware to showcase our new products in an informal setting, but in a way that amplifies the attributes of the Compuware brand. The company plans to extend the racing partnership to major industry events and other customer outreach efforts."

About the American Le Mans Series (ALMS)
The American Le Mans Series is a series of North American sports car races based on the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the world's most famous endurance race. American Le Mans Series races feature four classes of race cars competing for class wins and the overall win, with the fields including many of the same drivers and cars that compete at Le Mans. The series holds events at many of North America's premier permanent road-racing facilities as well as at temporary circuits in key major markets. The series motto is "For the Fans" and all events feature driver autograph sessions and open paddocks. All events are on television in the United States. Well-known automotive brand names such as Audi, Bentley, Corvette, Dodge, Ferrari, Lamborghini, MG, Nissan, Panoz, Porsche and Saleen are represented on the series. The series, which has its headquarters in Braselton, Ga., was founded in 1999 by entrepreneur Don Panoz and is sanctioned by the International Motor Sports Association (IMSA).

About Compuware
Compuware Corporation, a multi-billion dollar company, provides business value through software and professional services that optimize productivity and reduce costs across the application life cycle. Meeting the rapidly changing needs of businesses of all sizes, Compuware's market-leading solutions improve the quality, ease the integration and enhance the performance of distributed, e-business and enterprise software. For more information about Compuware, please contact the corporate offices at 800-521-9353. You may also visit Compuware on the World Wide Web at


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Series ALMS
Drivers Ron Fellows , Franck Freon , Don Panoz
Teams Corvette Racing