Kevin Harvick Becomes 49th Consecutive NASCAR® Cup Champion To Win With MOOG® Steering and Suspension Parts

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Kevin Harvick earned his first NASCAR® Sprint Cup Series championship and the MOOG® Steering and Suspension brand’s 49th straight with a thrilling victory in Sunday’s season-ending Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami (Fla.) Speedway.

Harvick’s win in the MOOG-equipped No. 4 Budweiser Chevrolet SS extends a Cup title string that began in 1966 with David Pearson and the No. 6 Dodge and includes many of the biggest names in professional stock car racing history. MOOG Steering and Suspension components are manufactured by Federal-Mogul Motorparts, a division of Federal-Mogul Holdings Corporation (NASDAQ: FDML).

The 38-year-old Harvick, who made perhaps the biggest decision of his career in moving to Stewart-Haas Racing at the beginning of the season, passed Denny Hamlin and the No. 11 Toyota Camry with seven laps remaining and held off Ryan Newman’s hard-charging No. 31 Chevrolet to win the first championship under NASCAR’s new four-round Chase format. The MOOG-equipped No. 4 car finished the year with five wins, 14 top fives and 20 top 10s.

“Kevin has been one of the most successful and popular drivers throughout his 14-year Cup racing career, so it was only a matter of time until he added his name to the list of greats who have won it all while relying on world-class MOOG parts,” said Michael Proud, director of marketing, North America, Federal-Mogul Motorparts. “It was a fantastic ending to the Chase, and we’re thrilled MOOG once again came out on top.”

MOOG Steering and Suspension is the preferred brand of professional technicians and NASCAR crew chiefs, and MOOG components are recognized as the automotive service industry’s “Problem Solver,” with innovative parts that improve on original designs by providing increased durability, enhanced performance and easier installation. The MOOG product line includes an extensive range of high-quality steering and suspension components – including ball joints, tie rod ends, control arms, idler and pitman arms, sway bar links, complete strut assemblies, hub assemblies and universal joints – covering virtually any foreign-nameplate or domestic vehicle. These parts are available through thousands of automotive service locations and parts providers throughout the U.S. and Canada.

“Automotive repair professionals recognize the vital role our NASCAR program plays in the development of parts that provide superior durability and performance,” Proud said.

For more information regarding MOOG Steering and Suspension parts, visit the brand’s technician-focused www.moogproblemsolver.com website or contact your MOOG supplier. Like MOOG on Facebook at www.facebook.com/moogproblemsolver.

Jimmie Johnson Dominates at Texas, Crew Chief Chad Knaus Wins Third MOOG® ‘Problem Solver of the Race’ Award

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Six-time NASCAR® Sprint Cup champion Jimmie Johnson led 191 of 341 laps in picking up his fourth win of the season, and his crew chief, Chad Knaus, earned his third MOOG® Steering and Suspension “Problem Solver of the Race” Award in Sunday’s AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway.

Sponsored by Federal-Mogul Motorparts, a division of Federal-Mogul Holdings Corporation, the weekly MOOG Problem Solver award is presented to the crew chief whose car posts the greatest second-half improvement in average lap time while finishing on the lead lap. Johnson and the MOOG-equipped No. 48 Lowe’s Red Vest Chevrolet SS picked up a race-best 0.702-second per lap over the final 171 laps at Texas.

With three weekly Problem Solver wins, Knaus moves into a four-way tie for second place in the $100,000 MOOG “Problem Solver of the Year” standings with just two races remaining. His latest MOOG win came in dominating fashion, as the 48 car grabbed the lead on Lap 54 and relinquished it only as a result of green-flag pit stops over the balance of the race. Johnson fought off challenges from Jeff Gordon and Brad Keselowski, respectively, in the two attempts at green-white-checkered finishes to win his third consecutive fall race at Texas and fourth overall. The race saw a record 13 cautions, 12 of which occurred following the halfway point.

“Jimmie stayed out ahead of trouble and Chad gave him a great-handling car throughout the race,” said Tim Nelson, motorsports director for Federal-Mogul Motorparts. “They’re out of the Chase picture, but the 48 team showed they still have plenty to battle for, including the year-end MOOG Problem Solver award.”

Ryan Newman (No. 31 Chevrolet) crew chief Luke Lambert remains in the lead for the $100,000 MOOG award with four weekly Problem Solver wins, followed by Knaus, Jimmy Fennig (No. 99 Ford, Carl Edwards), Chris Heroy (No. 42 Chevrolet, Kyle Larson) and Steve Letarte (No. 88 Chevrolet, Dale Earnhardt Jr.) with three wins apiece. Five crew chiefs have two weekly MOOG wins.

MOOG Steering and Suspension is the preferred brand of professional technicians and NASCAR crew chiefs, and MOOG components are recognized as the automotive service industry’s “Problem Solver,” with innovative parts that improve on original designs by providing increased durability, enhanced performance and easier installation. NASCAR Cup champions have driven to victory with MOOG parts for an unprecedented 48 straight years.

For more information regarding the MOOG Problem Solver awards and MOOG products, visit the brand’s technician-focused www.moogproblemsolver.com website or contact your MOOG supplier. Like MOOG on Facebook at www.facebook.com/moogproblemsolver.

$125,000 ‘Search for a Champion’ Contest Now Open for Entries

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The 2015 “Search for a Champion” racing sponsorship contest is now open for entries. Sponsored by Federal-Mogul Motorparts’ iconic Champion® Spark Plug brand, the annual contest enables grassroots racers throughout the U.S. and Canada to compete for $125,000 in sponsorships by submitting a 2-minute video profile at www.AlwaysaChampion.com. Champion spark plugs, chemical additives and other products are distributed by Federal-Mogul Motorparts, a division of Federal-Mogul Holdings Corporation.

Search for a Champion will once again offer 15 $5,000 racing sponsorships and one $50,000 grand-prize sponsorship to grassroots racers whose videos best demonstrate their commitment to winning with the help of “Performance Driven™” Champion spark plugs.  The first 200 racers to submit videos will receive a free Champion “swag” bag containing a hat, t-shirt and contest decal.

Search for a Champion is open to racers in three broad categories of engine-driven competition – Asphalt, Dirt and Water/Snow. Winners will be selected in part through online votes cast by consumers. Entries may be submitted today through Jan. 4, 2015. Consumers will be able to view each video and vote for their favorites at www.AlwaysaChampion.com between January 6 and February 3, 2015. Voting for the $50,000 Search for a Champion grand prize will take place February 24 through March 24, 2015.

“Producing our video was a lot of fun and we knew we had a great story to tell about how the Champion brand’s support could help us reach the next level. I encourage every grassroots racer to chase their dream like I did, because they could end up changing the course of their careers,” said 2014 Search for a Champion grand-prize winner Jordan Ives.

To learn more about the Search for a Champion contest and “Performance Driven” Champion products, please visit www.AlwaysaChampion.com. Like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ChampionSparkPlugs, and follow Champion on Twitter at www.twitter.com/ChampionPlugs.

Save Up to $15 While Preparing for Fall Driving Season Through ANCO® ‘The Right Blades Matter’ Wiper Promotion

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ANCO® Wipers, the official wiper blade of the National Hockey League®, is gearing up for another exciting hockey season and helping motorists prepare for fall driving by offering mail-in rebates of up to $15 for qualifying purchases of premium replacement wiper blades. The brand’s “The Right Blades Matter” rebate offer is available November 1 through December 31, 2014, through leading automotive parts and service providers. ANCO Wipers are manufactured and marketed by Federal-Mogul Motorparts, a division of Federal-Mogul Holdings Corporation.

Consumers who purchase any pair of premium ANCO Contour® wipers during the promotion period can qualify for a $15 mail-in rebate, while a $10 mail-in rebate is available on qualifying purchases of ANCO Transform® or Profile® blades. A $5 mail-in rebate is available on each pair of ANCO 31 Series or Winter blades purchased during the promotion. Visit www.ANCORebate.com for full details.

“The last thing a motorist needs to worry about while driving in inclement conditions is whether they will have a clear view of the road ahead. This promotion enables consumers to improve their visibility and save money while preparing for safer driving in challenging conditions by choosing the right blades for their vehicles,” said ANCO Brand Manager Tracy Neil.

For nearly a century, the ANCO brand has been the leader in premium replacement wiper blades and related products engineered to help keep families safe through a clearer view of the road. ANCO premium wipers utilize exclusive designs and materials and are engineered with the latest technologies to ensure a clear, streak-free wipe in any driving environment. ANCO premium wipers also offer innovative connection systems that ensure fast, easy wiper replacement on any applicable vehicle.

ANCO also is a leader in educating consumers on the importance of replacing worn wiper blades. Through its exclusive relationship with the NHL, ANCO sponsors a variety of innovative programs and promotions designed to reach millions of consumers in regions commonly affected by inclement weather.

Consumers will find participating in ANCO promotions easier than ever through the option to scan and upload their proof of purchase and submit their rebate materials via the www.ANCORebate.com website.

For more information regarding the ANCO “The Right Blades Matter” rebate offer and ANCO products, please contact your ANCO distributor or Federal-Mogul Motorparts representative or visit www.ANCOwipers.com. To register for your mail-in rebate, please visit www.ANCORebate.com. Like ANCO on Facebook at https://www.Facebook.com/ANCOWiperBlades and follow the brand on Twitter at www.twitter.com/ANCOWiperBlades for product updates and special promotions.

To identify the right ANCO product for virtually any application, simply use the convenient www.FMe-cat.com electronic catalog.

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Champion®-Sponsored Driver Chris Forsberg Wins Formula Drift Title, Will Sign Autographs at AAPEX Show

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Team Champion® driver Chris Forsberg recently clinched his second Formula Drift season title by advancing to the semi-finals of the closing round of competition in Irwindale, Calif. Forsberg and Team Champion teammate Ryan Tuerck, star of the popular Internet series “Tuerck’d,” will sign autographs in the Federal-Mogul Motorparts booth (3217) at the Automotive Aftermarket Products Expo (AAPEX) in Las Vegas from 1 to 3 p.m. Tuesday, November 4.

“Performance Driven™” Champion spark plugs, wipers and other products are distributed by Federal-Mogul Motorparts, a division of Federal-Mogul Holdings Corporation.

Formula Drift competition challenges drivers to maneuver their cars into well executed, controlled lateral slides at high speeds on a marked course. Forsberg, who was runner-up in the 2013 Formula Drift series, won this year’s season opener in Long Beach, Calif., and had six podium finishes in eight events. He drives the Champion spark plug-powered Hankook Tires / NOS Energy Drink Nissan 370Z. Tuerck, who drives a Champion-powered Retaks / Maxxis Scion FR-S, finished 12th of 60 drivers in the Pro championship series.

“Formula Drift is North America’s premier professional drifting championship and one of the fastest growing series in all of motorsports, with a very young and engaged audience,” said Jessica Wynn, global digital marketing manager, Federal-Mogul Motorparts. “Our partnerships with Chris and Ryan have helped Champion connect with a new generation of consumers who are looking for the best technologies to maximize the performance of their vehicles.”

Champion spark plugs are a leading choice of talented drivers, engine builders and teams in virtually every form of engine-driven competition, including NASCAR® Sprint Cup racing, NHRA® drag racing, local and regional circle track competition, and motorcycle, boat and snocross events. The Champion brand today represents a broad portfolio of additional “Performance Driven” products, including wipers and chemical additives.

For additional information regarding Champion products and programs, including the brand’s innovative $125,000 “Search for a Champion” motorsports sponsorship contest, please visit www.AlwaysaChampion.com. Like Champion on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ChampionSparkPlugs, and follow the brand on Twitter at www.twitter.com/ChampionPlugs.

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A.J. Allmendinger Crew Chief Brian Burns Wins Weekly MOOG® ‘Problem Solver’ Honors at Martinsville

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A.J. Allmendinger crew chief Brian Burns won the MOOG® Steering and Suspension “Problem Solver of the Race” Award after the MOOG-equipped No. 47 Clorox Chevrolet SS picked up 15 positions over the final 250 laps to finish ninth in Sunday’s Goody’s Headache Relief Shot 500 at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway. Burns became the 18th different crew chief to win weekly Problem Solver honors in 2014.

Sponsored by Federal-Mogul Motorparts, a division of Federal-Mogul Holdings Corporation, the MOOG Problem Solver of the Race Award is presented to the crew chief whose car posts the greatest second-half improvement in average lap time while finishing on the lead lap. The 47 Chevrolet, which started 15th and dropped to 24th after encountering a cooling system issue, improved by a race-best 0.159-second per lap on Martinsville’s half-mile track.

Allmendinger reported rising engine temperatures after damaging the grille of the 47 Chevrolet near the halfway point of Sunday’s race. After repairing the grille and ductwork, Burns and the JTG Daugherty Racing crew focused on dialing in the car’s MOOG-equipped chassis, making a series of rear wedge and tire pressure adjustments to help improve Allmendinger’s control coming out of the track’s comparatively flat and narrow turns. The adjustments worked and the 47 car began a steady march forward, breaking into the top 10 on Lap 302 and running as high as sixth before a late-race wreck reshuffled the field.

“Brian had his hands full with a couple of incidents, an overheating engine and a rapidly changing racetrack that kept everyone guessing with their chassis setups, but he consistently made the 47 better with every stop,” said Tim Nelson, director of motorsports for Federal-Mogul Motorparts.

Burns’ first weekly Problem Solver win did little, however, to clarify the outcome of the battle for the $100,000 MOOG “Problem Solver of the Year” Award. With three races remaining, Ryan Newman (No. 31 Chevrolet) crew chief Luke Lambert remains in the lead with four weekly MOOG Problem Solver wins, followed by three crew chiefs – Jimmy Fennig (No. 99 Ford, Carl Edwards), Chris Heroy (No. 42 Chevrolet, Kyle Larson) and Steve Letarte (No. 88 Chevrolet, Dale Earnhardt Jr.) – with three wins apiece. Five crew chiefs have two weekly MOOG wins.

MOOG Steering and Suspension is the preferred brand of professional technicians and NASCAR crew chiefs, and MOOG components are recognized as the automotive service industry’s “Problem Solver,” with innovative parts that improve on original designs by providing increased durability, enhanced performance and easier installation. NASCAR Cup champions have driven to victory with MOOG parts for an unprecedented 48 straight years.

For more information regarding the MOOG Problem Solver awards and MOOG products, visit the brand’s technician-focused www.moogproblemsolver.com website or contact your MOOG supplier. Like MOOG on Facebook at www.facebook.com/moogproblemsolver.

Ryan Newman Crew Chief Luke Lambert Takes Lead In $100,000 MOOG® ‘Problem Solver of the Year’ Battle

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Ryan Newman and the MOOG® Steering and Suspension-equipped No. 31 Caterpillar Chevrolet advanced to the Eliminator Round of the Chase for the Sprint Cup with a fifth-place finish, and crew chief Luke Lambert took the lead in the battle for the $100,000 MOOG “Problem Solver of the Year” Award in Sunday’s Geico 500 at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway.

Sponsored by Federal-Mogul Motorparts, a division of Federal-Mogul Holdings Corporation (NASDAQ: FDML), the MOOG Problem Solver of the Year Award is presented to the crew chief with the most “Problem Solver of the Race” wins throughout the 36-event Sprint Cup season. Lambert won his series-leading fourth weekly Problem Solver award after the 31 car posted a race-best 0.264-second improvement in average lap time over the final 97 laps at Talladega.

Lambert had been deadlocked atop the MOOG standings with three other crew chiefs – Jimmy Fennig (No. 99 Ford, Carl Edwards), Chris Heroy (No. 42 Chevrolet, Kyle Larson) and Steve Letarte (No. 88 Chevrolet, Dale Earnhardt Jr.) – heading into the weekend. The 31 Chevrolet, which started 11th, very nearly came home with its first win of the year as it charged forward on the outside line to challenge eventual race winner Brad Keselowski and the MOOG-equipped No. 2 Ford in a green-white-checkered finish. The Richard Childress Racing-owned 31 car is still winless on the season but is one of just eight cars remaining in the Chase with four races to go.

“Luke and Ryan are proof that consistency is everything in Cup racing,” said Tim Nelson, motorsports director for Federal-Mogul Motorparts. “Even though they came up short again this weekend, they’ve been able to string together two top 10s and a top five in the past three races to keep their hopes alive for a championship. Luke has done an amazing job on pit road and Ryan is driving with a lot of confidence right now.”

Tied for third place in the MOOG Problem Solver of the Year standings, with two weekly Problem Solver wins each, are crew chiefs Todd Gordon (No. 22 Ford, Joey Logano), Daniel Knost (No. 41 Chevrolet, Kurt Busch), Richard “Slugger” Labbe (No. 27 Chevrolet, Paul Menard), Keith Rodden (No. 1 Chevrolet, Jamie McMurray), and Chad Knaus (No. 48 Chevrolet, Jimmie Johnson). Eight crew chiefs have one weekly Problem Solver win.

MOOG Steering and Suspension is the preferred brand of professional technicians and NASCAR crew chiefs, and MOOG components are recognized as the automotive service industry’s “Problem Solver,” with innovative parts that improve on original designs by providing increased durability, enhanced performance and easier installation. NASCAR Cup champions have driven to victory with MOOG parts for an unprecedented 48 straight years.

For more information regarding the MOOG Problem Solver awards and MOOG products, visit the brand’s technician-focused www.moogproblemsolver.com website or contact your MOOG supplier. Like MOOG on Facebook at www.facebook.com/moogproblemsolver.

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