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Two ‘Search for a Champion’ Grand Prize Winners Post Impressive Racing Victories

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The first two winners of the Champion® Spark Plug brand’s annual $125,000 “Search for a Champion” motorsports sponsorship contest added to their growing lists of honors by posting impressive victories in key early-season national drag and dirt racing events this past weekend.

Inaugural Search for a Champion grand-prize winner Corey Michalek of Michalek Brothers Racing made the most of his NHRA Top Alcohol Dragster (T/AD) racing debut by winning the NHRA Four-Wide Nationals at zMAX Dragway, Charlotte, N.C. Michalek, who shares driving duties in the Champion-sponsored Michalek Brothers Racing dragster, beat T/AD veteran Bill Reichert in Sunday’s semi-final and took the final round over Brandon Booher.

In Late Model DIRT competition, 2013 Search for a Champion grand-prize winner Bobby Pierce won Friday night’s feature event at Farmer City (Ill.) Raceway, then captured Saturday’s UMP DIRTcar Spring Nationals title at Eldora Speedway, Rossberg, Ohio. The 17-year-old, victorious in three consecutive events, is the youngest driver to win at Eldora.

A third Champion-sponsored grassroots racer – Daniel Burkett – dominated the action in Formula Atlantic competition with two poles and two wins in Rounds 1 and 2 of the 2014 Atlantic Championship Series at Road Atlanta, Braselton, Ga.

“It’s a thrill to watch these grassroots racers thrive with the support of the iconic Champion brand,” said Federal-Mogul Global Digital Marketing Manager Jessica Wynn. “Our grassroots sponsorship program is all about helping talented young drivers take the next step in building successful racing careers. Corey, Bobby and Daniel exemplify the talent and passion that have made Champion one of the world’s most respected brands.”

“Performance Driven™” 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, including the Search for a Champion 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.

Jimmie Johnson Crew Chief Chad Knaus Wins MOOG® ‘Problem Solver’ Award at Darlington

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Chad Knaus, crew chief for six-time NASCAR® Sprint Cup champion Jimmie Johnson, received Federal-Mogul’s MOOG® Steering and Suspension “Problem Solver of the Race” Award after the No. 48 Kobalt Tools Chevrolet SS finished third in Saturday night’s Bojangles’ Southern 500 at Darlington (S.C.) Raceway. Knaus and Johnson overcame tight handling early in the race to post the team’s third top-five finish in eight starts.

One of professional racing’s most prestigious weekly honors, the MOOG Problem Solver of the Race Award is presented following each NASCAR Sprint Cup event to the crew chief whose car has posted the greatest improvement in average lap time while finishing on the lead lap. Knaus’s fine-tuning of the 48 car’s MOOG-equipped steering and suspension system resulted in a race-best 0.298-second-per-lap improvement on the 1.366-mile track known for being “Too Tough to Tame.” Johnson started 26th.

“It was fun to watch Chad and the Hendrick Motorsports crew methodically improve the 48’s handling with each pit stop and chassis adjustment,” said Federal-Mogul Motorsports Director Tim Nelson. “No one had enough car to beat (race winner) Kevin Harvick’s MOOG-equipped number 4, but Chad helped make it interesting thanks to his problem-solving excellence on pit road.”

Johnson reported tight handling immediately following the start but thanks to a series of adjustments over the first three pit stops was able to advance to 23rd and then 17th before cracking the top 10 during the first third of the race. He moved into the top five on Lap 199 and was running second to Harvick’s Chevy SS with 50 laps to go. The third-place finish enabled Johnson to rise two spots, to fifth, in Sprint Cup points.

Federal-Mogul also sponsors the $100,000 MOOG “Problem Solver of the Year” Award, which is presented to the crew chief with the best overall performance throughout the 36-race season. Knaus is the sixth crew chief in eight races to win weekly MOOG honors, with Kurt Busch crew chief Daniel Knost (No. 41 Chevrolet) and Carl Edwards crew chief Jimmy Fennig (No. 99 Ford) being the only repeat winners to date.

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, improved 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.comwebsite or contact your MOOG supplier. Like MOOG on Facebook at www.facebook.com/moogproblemsolver. To identify the right MOOG part for virtually any application, please use the convenient, free www.FMe-cat.com electronic catalog.

Joey Logano Gets the Win, Crew Chief Todd Gordon Named Top MOOG® ‘Problem Solver’ at Texas

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Joey Logano and Team Penske’s No. 22 Shell Pennzoil/Hertz Ford Fusion executed a flawless crossover on the final lap to win Monday’s rain-delayed Duck Commander 500 NASCAR® Sprint Cup race at Texas Motor Speedway. Following the race, Logano’s crew chief, Todd Gordon, was named Federal-Mogul’s MOOG® Steering and Suspension “Problem Solver of the Race” for a number of second-half calls that helped propel Logano to his fourth career victory and first of the 2014 season.

The MOOG Problem Solver of the Race Award is presented following each Sprint Cup contest to the crew chief whose car posts the greatest second-half improvement in average lap time while finishing on the lead lap. The MOOG-equipped No. 22 Ford improved by a razor-thin 0.011 seconds over the final 170 laps, but a series of key chassis adjustments enabled Logano to work his way to the front by Lap 226 and lead a race-high 108 laps on the day.

In the end, however, it was Todd Gordon’s call for four tires and a splash of fuel during a late caution that ultimately set up Logano’s slick crossover move on Jeff Gordon and the No. 24 Chevrolet on Lap 340. It was the season’s third last-lap pass by a race winner.

“Today was proof that even when you think you’ve got it clinched, victory can slip away in a heartbeat. The difference here is that Todd and Joey didn’t lose their cool during that late caution and the Team Penske crew gave Joey the car he needed to close the deal,” said Federal-Mogul Motorsports Director Tim Nelson. “With four fresh tires, their MOOG-equipped chassis was just too much for the 24 car during the green-white-checkered finish.”

In addition to the weekly MOOG Problem Solver competition, Federal-Mogul sponsors the $100,000 MOOG “Problem Solver of the Year” Award, which is presented to the crew chief with the best overall performance throughout the 36-race season. Gordon is the fifth crew chief in seven races to win weekly MOOG honors, with Kurt Busch crew chief Daniel Knost (No. 41 Chevrolet) and Carl Edwards crew chief Jimmy Fennig (No. 99 Ford) being the only repeat winners to date.

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, improved 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.comwebsite or contact your MOOG supplier. Like MOOG on Facebook at www.facebook.com/moogproblemsolver. To identify the right MOOG part for virtually any application, please use the convenient, free www.FMe-cat.com electronic catalog.

Chris Forsberg Celebrates New Champion® Sponsorship With Round 1 Victory in Formula Drift Series

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Just days after signing his first sponsorship deal with Federal-Mogul’s iconic Champion® brand of spark plugs, wipers, filters and chemical additives, Chris Forsberg outdueled 63 other professional drifting drivers to win Round 1 of the 2014 Formula Drift series in Long Beach, Calif.

Forsberg and the Champion-sponsored No. 64 Hankook Tires / NOS Energy Drink Nissan 370Z defeated Norway’s Kenny Moen and the Bridges Racing Nissan 240SX before a sold-out crowd of more than 20,000 in the season-opening Streets of Long Beach event. It was Forsberg’s 13th victory in Formula Drift competition, which challenges drivers to maneuver their cars into well executed, controlled lateral slides at high speeds on a marked course.

“Chris is an extremely talented and popular driver whose accomplishments will help make Champion a top contender in Formula Drift competition,” said Jessica Wynn, global digital marketing manager, Federal-Mogul Vehicle Components segment. “We’re thrilled, but not at all surprised, that this new relationship has begun with a victory.”

In addition to Forsberg, the “Performance Driven™” Champion brand sponsors past Pro series runner-up Ryan Tuerck and the No. 62 Retaks / Maxxis Tire Scion FR-S, as well as “Search for a Champion” sponsorship contest finalist Carl Rydquist and the No. 300 Road Race Engineering / Berk Technology Nissan 350Z.

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 “Performance Driven” products, including wipers, filters 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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MOOG® Coverage Expanded With Dozens of New Parts For Foreign Nameplate and Domestic Models

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Federal-Mogul continues to expand coverage provided by its industry-leading MOOG® Steering and Suspension brand, with dozens of new parts now available for popular late-model foreign nameplate and domestic applications. As the automotive service industry’s “Problem Solver®,” MOOG offers innovative technologies that improve on original designs for longer life, superior performance and easier installation.

New MOOG parts now available through leading distributors include 14 R-Series™ control arm assemblies, five tie rod ends, three complete strut assemblies and a variety of other components. These parts include:

RK641424       Upper Control Arm/Ball Joint

Assembly, Front Right            2010-2014 Mercedes-Benz GLK350; 2013 GLK250

RK641425       Upper Control Arm/Ball Joint

Assembly, Front Left              2010-2014 Mercedes-Benz E350 & E550; 2012-2013 C250, C300, C350 and CLS550; 2010-2013 GLK350; 2013 GLK250

RK621466       Upper Control Arm/Ball Joint

Assembly, Front Right            2006 Lexus GS300; 2007-2011; GS350 & GS450h; 2008-2011; GS460

RK621467       Upper Control Arm/Ball Joint

Assembly, Front Left              2006 Lexus GS300; 2007-2011 GS350 & GS450h; 2008-2011 GS460

ES800870       Outer Tie Rod End, Right       2008-2012 Land Rover LR2

ES800879       Outer Tie Rod End, Left         2008-2012 Land Rover LR2

ES800887       Outer Tie Rod, Left                 2001-2006 Honda Insight

EV800241       Inner Tie Rod End                   2002-2006 Acura RSX

EV800888       Inner Tie Rod End                   2007-2009 Dodge Sprinter 2500 & 3500; 2010-2013 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 2500 & 3500

Federal-Mogul also has expanded coverage of MOOG complete strut assemblies, which are engineered to improve vehicle dynamics, provide a smoother ride and provide faster, easier installation. Each MOOG complete strut assembly features a triple piston rod seal design for long life and superior performance. These new complete strut assemblies include:

 

ST8579L         Complete Strut Assembly,

Front Left                                2001-2011 Ford Escape; 2001-2011 Mazda  Tribute; 2005-2011 Mercury Mariner

ST8579R         Complete Strut Assembly,

Front Right                              2001-2011 Ford Escape; 2001-2011 Mazda  Tribute; 2005-2011 Mercury Mariner

ST8606           Complete Strut Assembly,

Front, w/Lower Mounting

Hardware                                2009-2010 Dodge Ram; 2011-2014 Ram 1500

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’s 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.

Iconic Champion® Brand to Sponsor 2 Premier Formula Drift Drivers

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Federal-Mogul’s iconic Champion® brand of spark plugs, wipers, filters and chemical additives has expanded its presence in the fast-growing sport of professional drifting by signing sponsorship agreements with two premier drivers in the Formula Drift championship series. Formula Drift competition challenges drivers to maneuver their cars into well executed, controlled lateral slides at high speeds on a marked course.

The Champion brand will sponsor 2009 Formula Drift series winner and 2013 runner-up Chris Forsberg, Baltimore, Md., as well as ’09 series runner-up Ryan Tuerck, Auburn, N.H., for the 2014 season, which begins April 4 with the “Streets of Long Beach” event in Long Beach, Calif.

“Champion spark plugs have won thousands of races and series championships over the years, and we’re committed to achieving the same level of success in professional drifting competition,” said Jessica Wynn, global digital marketing manager, Federal-Mogul Vehicle Components segment. “We are pleased that our world-class brand and leading-edge technologies will have a major presence in the Formula Drift series and look forward to working closely with Chris and Ryan in pursuing our next championship.”

Forsberg, known among drifting enthusiasts as “The Force,” is one of the sport’s winningest drivers, with 12 event victories and the 2009 championship. He moved up from grassroots to professional competition with the establishment of the Formula Drift series in 2004. Forsberg drives the 800-horsepower No. 64 Hankook Tires / NOS Energy Drink Nissan 370Z.

Tuerck began his racing career in BMX and Motocross competition, earning his professional Motocross license at the age of 16. He finished second to Forsberg in series points in 2009 and has finished in the top 10 in five of seven Formula Drift seasons. Tuerck has been at the forefront of creating unique online automotive content with his popular YouTube series, “Tuerck’d,” and will be working with Champion to create more videos throughout the season.

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, filters 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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New ANCO® Wipers Online Contest to Award $10,000 in Sponsorships to Youth Hockey Teams

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Federal-Mogul’s ANCO® Wipers brand is showing its support of youth hockey leagues across North America through an innovative online video contest that will award $10,000 in youth hockey sponsorships to teams that best demonstrate their commitment to the game.

The ANCO “Future Hockey Stars” contest enables youth hockey teams to compete for sponsorships by visiting www.ANCOWipers.com and posting 2-minute video entries. Federal-Mogul will award a $1,000 ANCO Future Hockey Stars sponsorship to each of five finalist teams and an additional $5,000 grand-prize team sponsorship to one of the finalists based in part on votes cast by consumers who visit the ANCO website. Video entries will be accepted at www.ANCOWipers.com from June 10 through July 15, 2014, and voting will begin July 29, 2014. Finalists will be announced Aug. 20, 2014, and the $5,000 grand-prize sponsorship will be awarded Sept. 24, 2014.

“Youth leagues are a great way for kids to show their passion for hockey and develop their athletic abilities in an environment that promotes sportsmanship and healthy living,” said ANCO Wipers Brand Manager Tracy Neil. “We know that the costs of supporting a team continue to rise and have developed this contest to help parents and team members stay engaged in this exciting and rewarding sport.”

The ANCO Future Hockey Stars contest is open to legal residents of the United States, District of Columbia, and Canada (excluding Quebec). All team members must be under the age of 20 and only one entry will be accepted per team. For all rules and restrictions, please visit www.ANCOWipers.com.

ANCO is the Official Wiper Blade of the National Hockey League®. ANCOpremium wiper blades utilize exclusive designs and materials and are engineered with the latest technology to ensure a clear, streak-free wipe in any driving environment, helping keep drivers safe with a clearer view of the road ahead. From passenger cars to commercial vehicles and with conventional and profile-style wiper blades, ANCO has the most extensive coverage of all types of vehicles for the best and safest visibility. That’s why ANCO is the Clearest Choice in Wiper Blades™.

To learn more about the ANCO Future Hockey Stars promotion as well as world-class ANCO wiper blades and related products, please visit www.ANCOWipers.com. To identify the right ANCO product for virtually any application, simply use the convenient www.FMe-cat.com electronic catalog or, for smart phone users, visit www.GetANCO.mobi. Like ANCO on Facebook (https://www.Facebook.com/ANCOWiperBlades) and follow the brand on Twitter (www.twitter.com/ANCOWiperBlades) for product updates and special promotions. This promotion is not affiliated with the NHL®.

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