CHAMPCAR/CART: Ford recognizes Rocketsports Racing sponsor

Ford Motor Company recognizes Johnson Controls with awards. INDIANAPOLIS (April 10, 2003) -- Champ Car Official Sponsor Ford Motor Company awarded its highest supplier honor-- the World Excellence Award-- last week to 41 suppliers for their ...

Ford Motor Company recognizes Johnson Controls with awards.

INDIANAPOLIS (April 10, 2003) -- Champ Car Official Sponsor Ford Motor Company awarded its highest supplier honor-- the World Excellence Award-- last week to 41 suppliers for their superior performance during 2002.

Milwaukee, Wisconsin-based Johnson Controls Inc., primary sponsor of Rocketsports Racing's entry in the Bridgestone Presents The Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford with driver Alex Tagliani (#33 Ford-Cosworth/Lola Bridgestone), left the ceremonies in Dearborn, Michigan with three distinguished awards.

"Ford Motor Company's recognition of us with such great honors speaks volumes when you are among their premier forty-one suppliers spanning 13 countries," said Manager of Johnson Controls Motorsports Programs Jeff Telman. "From a motorsport perspective, we plan on continuing to utilize technologies gained in Champ Car's competitive environment to positively shape our business."

Johnson Controls accepted the awards in a ceremony at the Ford Motor Company Conference and Events Center amid a theme celebrating Ford's Centennial. Nearly 200 of Ford's largest production and non-production suppliers attended the fifth annual event.

"During this special year of our Centennial, we take great delight in honoring our supplier partners for their dedication in helping us build quality into our cars and trucks," said Ford Vice President of Global Purchasing Tony Brown.

Specifically, Johnson Controls won three Recognition of Achievement Awards, including the Corporate Citizenship Award for Social Responsibility for suppliers that excel in community involvement and address working conditions issues; the Consumer Driven 6-Sigma Award for suppliers that had a black belt lead a project that had a direct impact on Ford customer satisfaction; and the Warranty Reduction Award for suppliers excelling in warranty improvement.

Johnson Controls, Inc. 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 nonresidential 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. Its sales for 2002 totaled $20.1 billion.

Ford Motor Company is the world's second-largest automaker, with approximately 335,000 employees in 200 markets on six continents. Its automotive brands include Aston Martin, Ford, Jaguar, Land Rover, Lincoln, Mazda, Mercury and Volvo. Its automotive-related services include Ford Financial, Quality Care and Hertz. With world headquarters in Dearborn, Mich., Ford Motor Company officially observes its 100th anniversary on June 16, 2003.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Alex Tagliani , Tony Brown