Jimmie Johnson Wins, Crew Chief Chad Knaus Earns Weekly MOOG® ‘Problem Solver’ Honors at Kansas Speedway

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Jimmie Johnson and crew chief Chad Knaus rolled the dice and won in the closing laps of the rain-prolonged NASCAR® SpongeBob SquarePants 400 at Kansas Speedway early Sunday morning, as the MOOG® Steering and Suspension-equipped No. 48 Lowe’s Chevrolet held on for its Sprint Cup Series-leading third win of the season.  Following the race, Knaus received his second “Problem Solver of the Race” award of 2015 from MOOG, the Official Steering and Suspension of NASCAR.

Knaus earned the weekly Problem Solver award based on the 48 Chevrolet’s race-best 0.650-second improvement in average lap time over the second half of the race while finishing on the lead lap. The weekly award and season-ending $100,000 MOOG “Problem Solver of the Year” Award are sponsored by Federal-Mogul Motorparts, a division of Federal-Mogul Holdings Corporation .

After starting 19th, Johnson reported that the Hendrick Motorsports-owned 48 car was “getting looser with every lap.” Knaus called for a series of chassis adjustments that paid immediate dividends, with the Chevrolet SS picking up 14 positions, from 39th to 25th, over the next 12 laps. Johnson advanced into the top 20 by Lap 60, the top 15 by Lap 90, and cracked the top 10 almost immediately following a 2-hour 16-minute rain delay after Lap 98.

Although the 48 car was getting progressively better, Johnson and Knaus felt they needed a strategic edge to beat Kevin Harvick and the MOOG-equipped No. 4 Chevrolet, which had led 53 laps. Their chance came after the race’s final caution with eight laps remaining. Harvick headed to the pits for a splash of fuel and two right-side tires while Johnson and Knaus opted for track position. The gamble paid off as Harvick, who restarted sixth, was able to regain all but the final 0.487-second gap behind Johnson.

“It was an exciting finish with a lot of behind-the-scenes strategy, and chassis setup played a huge role once again,” said Tim Nelson, director of motorsports for Federal-Mogul Motorparts. “Jimmie struggled early but Chad dialed in their MOOG-equipped steering and suspension during that first stop and then kept making it better over the balance of a very long night. Being able to hold off Kevin, who had the faster car and more rubber at the end, was a long shot, but the 48 team played it perfectly.”

The MOOG brand, the preferred choice of professional technicians and NASCAR crew chiefs, is in its 50th year of Cup competition. MOOG parts have been the choice of every Cup series champion since 1966, an unprecedented 49-year winning streak.

To learn more about MOOG products, please contact your MOOG Steering and Suspension supplier or visit the technician-focused www.moogproblemsolver.com website. Like MOOG on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/moogproblemsolver and follow the brand on Twitter for product updates and special promotions.

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Champion® ‘King of the Road’ Contest Returns With $10,000 Prize Purse for Hottest Rides

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Federal-Mogul Motorparts’ iconic Champion® Spark Plug brand is ready to crown more vehicle royalty with the return of the popular Champion “King of the Road” contest. The contest again will pay out a total of $10,000 to owners of the hottest rides across North America.

Federal-Mogul Motorparts, a division of Federal-Mogul Holdings Corporation, will award 10 weekly $500 cash prizes and a $5,000 grand prize to winners as judged by members of the “Performance Driven™” Champion online community. Consumers can vote weekly for their favorite ride, with each round’s winners receiving $500 and an automatic entry into the $5,000 “King of the Road” grand-prize round.

Consumers can enter the contest by submitting one or more digital photographs and interesting background information about their vehicles through the “King of the Road” link at www.AlwaysaChampion.com. The “King of the Road” contest opens for entries May 11, 2015, and voting begins May 18, 2015.

“From grassroots enthusiasts to some of the world’s best-known professional racers, Champion is all about helping customers maximize the performance of their vehicles,” said Jessica Wynn, global director, digital marketing and strategy, Federal-Mogul Motorparts. “The ‘King of the Road’ contest recognizes and rewards the passion that fuels today’s most exciting vehicles.”

Vehicle owners are encouraged to share their entry with friends and family to earn more votes and move on in the competition. The 10 2014 winners, including grand-prize winner Tim Kowalchick of Jacksonville, Fla., and his 1967 Chevrolet Camaro, also can be found at www.AlwaysAChampion.com

Champion spark plugs are a leading choice of talented drivers, engine builders and teams in virtually every form of engine-driven competition, including professional stock car 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 products, including wipers, filters and chemical additives.

To learn more about Champion products and programs, 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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Paul Menard Crew Chief Justin Alexander is Season’s First Repeat Winner of MOOG® ‘Problem Solver of the Race’ Award

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Justin Alexander, crew chief for Paul Menard and the MOOG® Steering and Suspension-equipped No. 27 Quaker State/Menards Chevrolet SS, became the season’s first repeat winner of MOOG “Problem Solver of the Race” honors after the 27 car finished third in Sunday’s Geico 500 NASCAR® Sprint Cup event at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway. MOOG is the Official Steering and Suspension of NASCAR.

Sponsored by Federal-Mogul Motorparts, a division of Federal-Mogul Holdings Corporation, the weekly MOOG award recognizes the crew chief whose in-race problem solving excellence contributes to the greatest second-half improvement in average lap time while finishing on the lead lap. The Richard Childress Racing-owned 27 Chevrolet, which started seventh, improved by a race-best two tenths of a second on the 2.66-mile restrictor plate track.

“The Quaker State Chevy was fast all afternoon, but Justin and the RCR crew had it running at its best over the final 50 laps,” said Tim Nelson, director of motorsports for Federal-Mogul Motorparts. “A big part of success at Talladega is knowing when to hold back and avoid the ‘Big One’ and when to push your car to its limit. Justin and Paul made a great run in the closing segment and have to be pleased with another top-five finish.”

The 27 team climbed two positions, to 11th, in the Sprint Cup standings. The race was won by Dale Earnhardt Jr. and the MOOG-equipped No. 88 Chevrolet SS. Earnhardt Jr. now has six wins at Talladega, where his father holds the record for most victories, with 10.

Now with 10 races in the books, Alexander holds a one-win advantage in the battle for the season-ending $100,000 MOOG “Problem Solver of the Year” Award. Eight crew chiefs each have one weekly MOOG award win in 2015.

“This might be the longest we’ve ever gone without a repeat winner, but there’s a long way to go before we hand out our $100,000 check and MOOG ball joint trophy,” Nelson said. “Along with the Chase, our award is always one of the tightest battles and usually comes down to the final race at Homestead (Fla.).”

The MOOG brand, the preferred choice of professional technicians and NASCAR crew chiefs, is in its 50th year of Cup competition. MOOG parts have been the choice of every Cup series champion since 1966, an unprecedented 49-year winning streak.

To learn more about MOOG products, please contact your MOOG Steering and Suspension supplier or visit the technician-focused http://www.moogproblemsolver.com website. Like MOOG on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/moogproblemsolver and follow the brand on Twitter for product updates and special promotions.

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MOOG® Hub Assemblies Now Feature Several Application-Specific Enhancements for Superior Durability and Performance

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MOOG® hub assemblies from Federal-Mogul Motorparts are now available with several innovative, application-specific enhancements designed to provide superior durability and performance and trouble-free ABS system function. Federal-Mogul Motorparts is a division of Federal-Mogul Holdings Corporation.

MOOG hub assemblies now feature an innovative roll-form construction that helps ensure consistent, optimal bearing preload for significantly enhanced durability and increased load capacity. Each unit also features precisely matched, high quality bearing raceways and rolling elements engineered for superior performance with minimal noise and vibration under a full range of operating conditions.

A number of additional, application-specific enhancements further increase hub durability and service life through exceptional protection against moisture, dirt and other contaminants. These include premium molded ABS shield and socket connections that also promote a highly stable system signal. Each MOOG hub assembly also comes complete with premium quality wheel studs treated with a protective coating to prevent corrosion, allowing for easier removal and accurate torque load on the wheel nuts.

“These important enhancements to MOOG hub assemblies reflect our commitment to innovation and best-in-class product design and performance,” said Bruce Reau, general manager, global wheel-end and driveline, Federal-Mogul Motorparts. “Automotive service providers and their customers can be confident that MOOG hub assemblies represent the latest and best technologies for each vehicle model.”

As the automotive service industry’s “Problem Solver®,” MOOG Steering and Suspension is the preferred brand of professional technicians and NASCAR® crew chiefs. NASCAR Cup champions have driven to victory with MOOG parts for an unprecedented 49 consecutive years.

To learn more about MOOG hub assemblies, please contact your MOOG Steering and Suspension supplier or visit the technician-focused www.moogproblemsolver.com website. The latest MOOG product application listings also are available through Federal-Mogul Motorparts’ convenient www.FMe-cat.com electronic catalog. Like MOOG on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/moogproblemsolver and follow the brand on Twitter for product updates and special promotions.

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Matt McCall, Rookie Crew Chief for Jamie McMurray and No. 1 Chevrolet, Named MOOG® ‘Problem Solver of the Race’ at Richmond

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Jamie McMurray and the MOOG® Steering and Suspension-equipped No. 1 Energizer EcoAdvanced Chevrolet earned their fourth straight top-10 finish and the team’s rookie crew chief, Matt McCall, took home MOOG “Problem Solver of the Race” honors following Sunday’s rain-delayed Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond (Va.) International Raceway. MOOG is the Official Steering and Suspension of NASCAR.

Sponsored by Federal-Mogul Motorparts, a division of Federal-Mogul Holdings Corporation, the weekly MOOG Problem Solver award recognizes the crew chief whose in-race problem solving helps result in the greatest second-half improvement in average lap time and a finish on the lead lap. The Chip Ganassi Racing-owned Chevrolet improved by a race-best 0.069 second per lap and was one of few cars to challenge race winner Kurt Busch and the MOOG-equipped No 41 Chevrolet.

In just their first season together, McMurray and McCall have quietly climbed the Sprint Cup points standings, to 9th, with top 10s at Martinsville, Texas Motor Speedway, Bristol and Richmond, as well as a runner-up finish at Phoenix. “They’re getting better every week and you can see the No. 1 team gaining confidence,” said Tim Nelson, director of motorsports for Federal-Mogul Motorparts. “Matt has made some gutsy calls that have paid off, and it’s clear that Jamie and the rest of team have a great deal of faith in him.”

After starting ninth, the No. 1 car briefly led the race twice before scheduled stops reshuffled the field. In each case, McMurray and the MOOG-equipped Chevrolet regained most of their lost position to pressure Busch and the 41 Chevrolet, which led 291 of the race’s 400 laps.

McCall is the ninth different crew chief to earn MOOG Problem Solver honors this year. At the end of the season, Federal-Mogul Motorparts will present the $100,000 MOOG “Problem Solver of the Year” Award to the crew chief with the best overall performance throughout the 36-race season.

The MOOG brand, the preferred choice of professional technicians and NASCAR crew chiefs, is in its 50th year of Cup competition. MOOG parts have been the choice of every Cup series champion since 1966, an unprecedented 49-year winning streak.

To learn more about MOOG products, please contact your MOOG Steering and Suspension supplier or visit the technician-focused www.moogproblemsolver.com website. Like MOOG on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/moogproblemsolver and follow the brand on Twitter for product updates and special promotions.

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Nationwide ‘Garage Gurus’ Training Network Expands to the Bronx

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Vehicle repair professionals from all five New York City boroughs joined reality TV star Danny “The Count” Koker in celebrating last night’s grand opening of the “Garage Gurus” regional training center in the Bronx. Garage Gurus is a nationwide technical education network established by Federal-Mogul Motorparts to help vehicle repair professionals keep pace with the latest automotive technologies. The new facility, the third of 15 scheduled to open this year, will provide onsite, online and on-demand training and related support to the city’s nearly 14,000 vehicle repair businesses.

A division of Federal-Mogul Holdings Corporation, Federal-Mogul Motorparts is a global manufacturer and supplier of original equipment and premium branded replacement components for passenger cars, commercial vehicles and other applications. The company’s products – which include ANCO® wipers, Champion® spark plugs, Fel-Pro® gaskets, MOOG® steering and suspension components, and Wagner® brake pads – are specified and installed in thousands of U.S. repair businesses each day.

“Garage Gurus brings much-needed focus to the talented, hardworking professionals who help keep millions of consumers safe and secure behind the wheel,” said Dan Ninivaggi, CEO, Federal-Mogul Motorparts. “The demand for vehicle service has never been greater, with more than 200 passenger cars per U.S. repair bay. I believe it is our responsibility as a leading manufacturer to provide the technical support and other assistance these businesses need to keep pace with each new wave of vehicle technology.”

Accessing critical diagnostic and repair information and related skills-based training has long been a challenge for the nation’s nearly 220,000 automotive repair businesses. Garage Gurus answers this need through more than 100 onsite, online and on-demand courses taught by Federal-Mogul Motorparts’ more than 100 ASE-certified “Gurus.” Each course is offered in English and Spanish languages.

As part of the evening’s “black carpet” celebration, guests were able to swap stories with reality TV star Danny “The Count” Koker, the self-taught mechanic whose Las Vegas-based vehicle restoration and customization business is featured in the “Counting Cars” series on History. They also toured the training center, inspected two of its Web-connected “Gurus-on-the-Go” product technology vans and watched nationally recognized graffiti artist Antonio “Shades” Agee as he “tagged” the building.

 

For more information regarding Garage Gurus, please visit www.fmgaragegurus.com.

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Nick Sandler, Crew Chief for Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Wins MOOG® ‘Problem Solver’ Award at Bristol

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Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and the MOOG® Steering and Suspension-equipped No. 17 Zest Ford earned their first top-five finish of the season and crew chief Nick Sandler won his career-first MOOG “Problem Solver of the Race” Award in Sunday’s rain-prolonged Food City 500 NASCAR® Sprint Cup event at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway. MOOG is the Official Steering and Suspension of NASCAR.

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 delivers the greatest second-half improvement in average lap time while finishing on the lead lap. The Roush Fenway Racing-owned 17 car improved by 0.238-second per lap over the final 256 laps to finish fourth on the half-mile concrete track. Sandler is the eighth different crew chief to earn Problem Solver honors in the first eight races.

After starting 25th, Stenhouse and Sandler quickly picked up eight positions through smart pit strategy. Sandler and the Roush Fenway crew continually enhanced the Ford’s chassis setup to address dramatic changes in weather and track conditions. Stenhouse ran in the top 15 over much of the second half before advancing into the top 10 in the closing segment. The 17 car was running in sixth place on worn tires for the race’s final restart but had both the power and grip to advance two positions over the closing laps.

“We’re thrilled to add Nick Sandler to the list of elite Sprint Cup crew chiefs who have earned MOOG Problem Solver honors,” said Tim Nelson, director of motorsports for Federal-Mogul Motorparts. “The rain delays made it a long and grueling day for everybody, but Nick kept his team focused on improving their car during every pit stop. They had their chassis dialed in perfectly at the end, which enabled them to go head to head against cars that were running on fresh tires.”

The MOOG brand, the preferred choice of professional technicians and NASCAR crew chiefs, is in its 50th year of Cup competition. MOOG parts have been the choice of every Cup series champion since 1966, an unprecedented 49-year winning streak.

To learn more about MOOG products, please contact your MOOG Steering and Suspension supplier or visit the technician-focused www.moogproblemsolver.com website. Like MOOG on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/moogproblemsolver and follow the brand on Twitter for product updates and special promotions.

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