Johnson Controls renews sponsorship with Rocketsports Racing

Johnson Controls renews its sponsorship with Rocketsports Racing for 2002 Trans-Am Season Paul Gentilozzi to drive Jaguar for Johnson Controls Motorsports PLYMOUTH, Mich., April 2 /PRNewswire/ -- Johnson Controls (NYSE:JCI) has renewed its...

Johnson Controls renews its sponsorship with Rocketsports Racing for 2002 Trans-Am Season
Paul Gentilozzi to drive Jaguar for Johnson Controls Motorsports

PLYMOUTH, Mich., April 2 /PRNewswire/ -- Johnson Controls (NYSE:JCI) has renewed its primary sponsorship with Lansing, Michigan-based Rocketsports Racing for the 2002 Trans-Am Series season. The announcement was made today by team owner/driver Paul Gentilozzi and Bob Ellis, vice president of marketing and communications for Johnson Controls.

Three-time Trans-Am Series champion Gentilozzi will again handle the driving responsibilities, piloting the No. 3 Johnson Controls Jaguar XKR. The 2002 racing season marks Johnson Controls' fifth season with Rocketsports Racing in Trans-Am competition.

"This will be the fifth year of our partnership with Johnson Controls which is somewhat unusual in motorsports, much less in road racing," said Gentilozzi. "Our team has enjoyed significant success over the last several years, in which Johnson Controls has played a pivotal role. Having a Fortune 150 company like Johnson Controls as a sponsor really elevates the prestige of the team and the series."

In 2001, Gentilozzi collected six poles and four victories, including three consecutive wins. His Mid-Ohio flag-to-flag race win clinched the Manufacturers' Championship for Jaguar for the first time since 1978. Gentilozzi also was voted to the AARWBA All-American First Team for the third time in four years. His tenure in the Trans-Am Series has produced numerous series records. He ranks first in all-time top-three (55), top-five (86), and top-ten finishes (114), laps led (1,376), lead lap finishes (112), as well as fastest race laps (30), race starts (173) and "Fast Five" starts (103).

"Johnson Controls is proud to support Trans-Am champion Paul Gentilozzi again this season," said Ellis. "Paul is a quality person, a great race driver and an outstanding advocate for Johnson Controls' reputation and its products. His winning tradition and attitude -- and his ability to do what it takes to be a winner -- also is what Johnson Controls is all about."

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 seating and interior systems, and batteries. For non-residential facilities, Johnson Controls provides building control systems and services, energy management and integrated facility management. Johnson Controls (NYSE:JCI), founded in 1885, has headquarters in Milwaukee, Wisconsin (U.S.A.). Its sales for 2001 totaled US$18.4 billion.

For access to other Johnson Controls news releases and additional company information, visit the company's web site on the World Wide Web at www.johnsoncontrols.com.

For additional information about Paul Gentilozzi and Rocketsports Racing, visit www.rocketsportsracing.com.

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