Kyle Larson Impresses Again, Crew Chief Chris Heroy Wins Second Straight MOOG® ‘Problem Solver’ Award

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While it’s too late for rookie driver Kyle Larson to join the Chase for the Sprint Cup field, his crew chief, Chris Heroy, is making plenty of noise in the $100,000 MOOG® Steering and Suspension “Problem Solver of the Year” competition, winning weekly “Problem Solver” honors for the second straight event following Sunday’s Sylvania 300 NASCAR® Sprint Cup race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. The MOOG Problem Solver awards are sponsored by Federal-Mogul Motorparts, a division of Federal-Mogul Holdings Corporation (NASDAQ: FDML).

Heroy earned weekly Problem Solver honors after Larson and the MOOG-equipped No. 42 Target Chevrolet posted the greatest second-half improvement (0.319-second per lap) while finishing on the lead lap in Sunday’s race. Larson finished second, proving that last week’s third-place finish in the Chase opener was no fluke.

The MOOG award win is Heroy’s second of the year, elevating him into a five-way tie for second place in the year-end Problem Solver standings. Crew chiefs Jimmy Fennig (No. 99 Ford, Carl Edwards) and Steve Letarte (No. 88 Chevrolet, Dale Earnhardt Jr.) lead the way with three weekly MOOG wins each.

“Kyle and Chris are performing as well as anyone out there,” said Tim Nelson, director of Motorsports for Federal-Mogul Motorparts. “It’s only a matter of time before they get their first Sprint Cup win. Kyle is an excellent driver and Chris and the Chip Ganassi Racing team are nailing their chassis setups, which is one of the most difficult challenges from week to week.”

Larson, who was edged out of the Chase field two weeks ago at Richmond, started 10th but was running loose during the first half of the race. The 42 car made a hard charge toward the front in the second half and held its position over a succession of late-race restarts. Joey Logano and the MOOG-equipped No. 22 Ford Fusion took the checkered flag, giving Team Penske a sweep of the first two Chase events.

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.

Popular $125,000 ‘Search for a Champion’ Racing Sponsorship Contest Returns This Fall

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The iconic Champion® Spark Plug brand is once again stepping forward to support grassroots racers through the popular $125,000 “Search for a Champion” contest, which will fund 15 sponsorships available to racers in virtually every form of engine-driven competition. Racers can enter the contest beginning Nov. 3, 2014, by submitting a 2-minute video profile at www.AlwaysaChampion.com. Champion spark plugs, filters and chemical additives are distributed by Federal-Mogul Motorparts, a division of Federal-Mogul Holdings Corporation (NASDAQ: FDML).

The Search for a Champion contest will offer 15 $5,000 Champion racing sponsorships and one $50,000 grand-prize sponsorship to grassroots racers whose entry videos best demonstrate their commitment to winning with the help of “Performance Driven™” Champion spark plugs. For the third straight year, Federal-Mogul Motorparts and the Champion brand will also award free Champion “swag” bags, complete with a contest decal and Champion hat and t-shirt, to the first 250 entrants.

The contest is open to racers in three broad categories – Asphalt, Dirt and Water/Snow – with winners selected based in part on votes cast by members of the Web-based Champion community. Last year’s contest established new records for number of video entries (392) and consumer votes (more than 243,000).

“Winning the Search for a Champion contest will always rank as one of the greatest thrills of my life, no matter how far I’m able to advance in my racing career,” said 2014 grand prize winner Jordan Ives, a 17-year-old driver who campaigns a Chevrolet Monte Carlo Super Late Model throughout the midwestern U.S. “The Champion brand has been a great friend to grassroots racers, and this contest is just one of many reasons why I’ll always use Champion plugs to power my engines.”

“Search for a Champion was an entirely new concept for the racing community when it launched back in 2011, and it has gotten significantly bigger and more competitive every year,” said Jessica Wynn, global digital marketing manager for Federal-Mogul Motorparts. “We have been incredibly impressed with the care that has gone into each of the videos – it’s obvious that these racers view Champion as the ideal partner to help them achieve their goals.”

Video entries must be submitted to the www.AlwaysaChampion.com website between Nov. 3, 2014, and Jan. 4, 2015. The Champion community will vote for 15 finalists 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.

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.

Kyle Larson Crew Chief Chris Heroy Wins MOOG® ‘Problem Solver’ Honors After Team Nearly Stuns Chase Field at Chicagoland

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Rookie Kyle Larson, who just missed out on a spot in the 16-car Chase for the Sprint Cup, roared from the back of the pack to lead 20 laps and finish third in Sunday’s MyAFibStory.com 400 NASCAR® Sprint Cup race at Chicagoland Speedway. Following the event, Larson’s crew chief, Chris Heroy, was selected as the MOOG® Steering and Suspension “Problem Solver of the Race” based on the MOOG-equipped No. 42 Target Chevrolet’s 0.366-second-per-lap improvement over the final 134 laps.

The Chase opener was won by Brad Keselowski and the MOOG-equipped No. 2 Team Penske Ford Fusion.

Sponsored by MOOG Steering and Suspension manufacturer Federal-Mogul Motorparts, a division of Federal-Mogul Holdings Corporation (NASDAQ: FDML), the Problem Solver of the Race 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. Federal-Mogul Motorparts also sponsors the $100,000 MOOG “Problem Solver of the Year” Award, presented to the crew chief with the best performance throughout the 36-race Sprint Cup season.

The 22-year-old Larson, who drove a backup car and was relegated to 41st in the starting grid after crashing in Saturday’s practice session, quickly became a factor in Sunday’s race, moving into the top five within the first 70 laps. The 42 car was “hauling butt,” the driver said, and it continued to improve as the race wore on, with Heroy and the Chip Ganassi Racing team continually adjusting the car’s MOOG-equipped chassis in anticipation of changing track conditions.

“Kyle is a great story, and he was fearless out there today, but Chris played a huge part in the 42 car’s success. He gave Kyle a perfect setup in their backup car and then continued to make it faster all afternoon. It was a truly masterful performance on pit road this afternoon,” said Tim Nelson, motorsports director for Federal-Mogul Motorparts.

Heroy’s weekly MOOG award is the first of his career and increases to 18 the number of crew chiefs who have won Problem Solver of the Race honors in 2014. Meanwhile, the top of the $100,000 MOOG Problem Solver of the Year standings remains unchanged, with crew chiefs Jimmy Fennig (No. 99 Ford, Carl Edwards) and Steve Letarte (No. 88 Chevrolet, Dale Earnhardt Jr.) tied for the lead with three weekly MOOG wins each. Four crew chiefs have two weekly Problem Solver 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.

New Parts for More Than 12 Million Vehicles Now Available From MOOG® Steering and Suspension

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Federal-Mogul Motorparts’ industry-leading MOOG® Steering and Suspension brand has introduced a complete strut assembly, control arm assembly and several additional new parts that together cover more than 12 million North American passenger vehicles. Federal-Mogul Motorparts is a division of Federal-Mogul Holdings Corporation.

The new MOOG parts include a front complete strut assembly (No. ST8603) for more than 600,000 4WD Dodge Ram 1500 trucks, model years 2006-2008; control arm assembly (No. RK640588) for 1985-1987 Volkswagen Golf and Jetta models; MOOG Asia-Spec™ rack-and-pinion bellow kit (No. K150272) for more than 11.3 million late-model Honda, Lexus and Toyota applications; and an alignment cam bolt kit (No. K100154) for late-model Chrysler 300 and Dodge Charger and Magnum models.

The company also has introduced MOOG wheel hub assemblies for the following applications: 2000-2002 Dodge Ram 2500 and 3500 (front, No. 515139); 2011-2014 Ford Explorer and 2013-2014 Ford Police Interceptor Utility (rear, No. 512460); 2013 Infiniti JX35, 2007-2012 Nissan Altima, 2009-2014 Maxima, and 2013-2014 Pathfinder (rear, No. 512388); and 2012-2014 Nissan NV1500, NV2500 and NV3500 models (front, 515137).

“Each of these new MOOG parts addresses important current and emerging service opportunities, and provides the quality, safety and performance that have made MOOG the preferred choice of vehicle repair professionals,” said Mark Boyle, director, steering and suspension products, North America, Federal-Mogul Motorparts.

As the automotive service industry’s “Problem Solver®,” MOOG Steering and Suspension develops innovative parts that improve on original designs for superior performance and durability and faster, easier installation.

 

To learn more about these and other MOOG Steering and Suspension parts, please visit the technician-focused www.moogproblemsolver.com website or contact your MOOG supplier. 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.

Another Career First for Aric Almirola Crew Chief Trent Owens: MOOG® ‘Problem Solver of the Race’ Honors

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With just one week to go before his first Chase for the Sprint Cup, Trent Owens, crew chief for Aric Almirola and the MOOG® Steering and Suspension-equipped No. 43 Eckrich Ford, added another highlight to his resume: the MOOG “Problem Solver of the Race” Award. Owens picked up the weekly MOOG award after the 43 Ford Fusion improved by a race-best 0.192-second per lap to finish 10th in Saturday night’s Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond International Raceway.

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 delivers the greatest second-half improvement in average lap time while finishing on the lead lap. Federal-Mogul Motorparts also sponsors the $100,000 MOOG “Problem Solver of the Year” Award, presented to the crew chief with the best performance throughout the 36-race Sprint Cup season.

The 43 team had already secured a Chase spot as a result of its victory in July’s Coke Zero 400 at Daytona, but Almirola and Owens showed no signs of sitting back to avoid trouble on Richmond’s .75-mile D-shaped oval. After starting 26th, the 43 car advanced into the top 15 in the first half of the race. As Owens continued to fine-tune the car’s MOOG-equipped chassis, Almirola improved to 12th with 60 laps to go and picked up two more positions in the late going to secure its second-straight top-10 finish.

“Consecutive top 10s is a great way to show you belong in the Chase field, and Aric and Trent have certainly earned their opportunity to compete for the season championship,” said Tim Nelson, motorsports director for Federal-Mogul Motorparts. “Like every crew chief on pit road, Trent never stopped exploring ways to optimize their steering and suspension, and that hard work ultimately helped them pick up several positions in the second half.”

Owens becomes the 17th different crew chief to earn weekly MOOG Problem Solver honors this year. With 10 races remaining, two crew chiefs – Jimmy Fennig (No. 99 Ford, Carl Edwards) and Steve Letarte (No. 88 Chevrolet, Dale Earnhardt Jr.) – are tied at the top of the MOOG Problem Solver of the Year standings with three weekly MOOG wins each. Four crew chiefs have two weekly Problem Solver 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.

Innovative Fel-Pro® Head Gasket Design Addresses Common Sealing Issue Encountered in 6.0L Diesel Engines

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The Fel-Pro® Gaskets brand has introduced two innovative Fel-Pro PermaTorque® MLS multi-layer-steel head gaskets that address a common combustion sealing issue encountered in 6.0L diesel engines used in more than 700,000 trucks manufactured between 2003 and 2010. The patent-pending PermaTorque MLS head gaskets (No. 26374PT – 18mm dowel applications; 26375PT – 20mm dowel applications) are now available through Fel-Pro distributors.

Fel-Pro Gaskets, “The Gaskets Professionals Trust™,” are manufactured by Federal-Mogul Motorparts, a division of Federal-Mogul Holdings Corporation.

Many owners of trucks equipped with Powerstroke® 6.0L diesel engines have encountered premature head gasket failures and resulting engine damage caused by leakage of combustion gasses into the cooling system. The engines, originally equipped with multi-layer-steel head gaskets, have been known to experience combustion leakage at as early as 50,000 miles of service under heavy loads.

“These engines generate a great deal of power, heat and combustion pressure and are being run in vehicles seeing heavy use, which can exceed the sealing capabilities of conventional, OE-style MLS head gaskets,” said Jim Daigle, product manager, sealing, Federal-Mogul Motorparts. “Our engineering team invested thousands of hours in designing and testing these new gaskets to ensure that they meet Fel-Pro standards.”

The new Fel-Pro PermaTorque MLS head gaskets feature several unique design enhancements that address combustion leakage and other issues encountered in these existing engines. The gaskets include a highly advanced new embossment design that creates increased spring force – and significantly more robust sealing contact – than conventional gasket designs under extreme loads.

The new PermaTorque MLS gaskets also feature a highly controlled thickness of proprietary FKM rubber in all critical sealing areas. Each gasket is engineered to easily accommodate engine overbore.

The new Fel-Pro gaskets provided leak-free performance in dynamometer tests used for 6.0L engines in 2003 to 2010 diesel trucks. Whereas some gaskets failed at approximately 300 engine hours, the Fel-Pro gaskets continued to provide an uncompromised seal. In addition, the Fel-Pro PermaTorque MLS gaskets withstood more than 1,000 extreme “thermal shock” cycles during which engine coolant temperatures were rapidly and repeatedly cycled between 240° F and -30° F.

The new gaskets also help customers address premature push rod wear and resulting oil contamination caused by undersized push rod guide holes in the OE gaskets. Federal-Mogul Motorparts engineers developed patent-pending oversize guide holes surrounded by a non-abrasive material in potential contact areas.

For more information regarding the new Fel-Pro PermaTorque MLS head gaskets for 6.0L diesel engines, please contact your Fel-Pro distributor or Federal-Mogul Motorparts representative.

Jimmie Johnson Crew Chief Chad Knaus Claims MOOG® ‘Problem Solver’ Honors at Atlanta

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Chad Knaus, crew chief for six-time NASCAR® Sprint Cup champion Jimmie Johnson and the MOOG® Steering and Suspension-equipped No. 48 Lowe’s/Kobalt Tools Chevrolet, won the MOOG “Problem Solver of the Race” Award after the 48 car picked up 12 positions to finish fourth in Sunday’s Oral-B USA 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. It was Knaus’ second weekly MOOG win of the season, advancing him into a tie for second place in the $100,000 MOOG “Problem Solver of the Year” standings.

Sponsored by Federal-Mogul Motorparts, a division of Federal-Mogul Holdings Corporation, the weekly MOOG Problem Solver award is presented following each Sprint Cup event to the crew chief whose car posts the greatest second-half improvement in average lap time while finishing on the lead lap. The Hendrick Motorsports-owned Chevrolet SS improved by a race-best 0.293-second per lap over the final 167 laps of Atlanta’s 1.54-mile quad-oval.

Johnson, who started 16th, didn’t improve his position until Lap 30, but then steadily advanced into the top 10 and top five, where he remained for most of the evening. The race was won by Johnson’s Hendrick Motorsports teammate, Kasey Kahne, whose MOOG-steered No. 5 Chevrolet became the fourth Hendrick car to qualify for the season-ending Chase for the Sprint Cup.

“Jimmie and Chad ran a really smart race on a track that has given them some trouble in the past,” said Tim Nelson, director of motorsports for Federal-Mogul Motorparts. “Chad’s chassis adjustments made a significant difference in the car’s performance and Jimmie was able to avoid contact and deliver his eighth top-five finish. They look like they’re ready to make some noise in the Chase.”

Several crew chiefs are also ready to make noise in the battle for the year-end $100,000 MOOG Problem Solver award. With 11 races remaining, Jimmy Fennig (No. 99 Ford, Carl Edwards) and Steve Letarte (No. 88 Chevrolet, Dale Earnhardt Jr.) remain tied for the lead with three weekly MOOG wins, followed by Knaus, Todd Gordon (No. 22 Ford, Joey Logano), Daniel Knost (No. 41 Chevrolet, Kurt Busch), Richard “Slugger” Labbe (No. 27 Chevrolet, Paul Menard), and Keith Rodden (No. 1 Chevrolet, Jamie McMurray) with two wins apiece.

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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