Federal-Mogul Motorparts Receives NCMA Award for Data Excellence

Federal-Motor Motorparts, a division of Federal-Mogul Holdings Corporation, recently received the National Catalog Managers Association (NCMA) President’s Award for Electronic Data Excellence for the integration of the company’s FP Diesel® product information into the NAPA Auto Parts PartsPRO II catalog. The award was presented by NAPA during NCMA’s 2015 “Knowledge Exchange” conference in Orlando in April.

Federal-Mogul Motorparts received the President’s Award in recognition of its partnership in overcoming product data challenges unique to the commercial engine category. Replacement engine parts for commercial applications, including those used in trucks, industrial, marine and agricultural equipment, are referenced by product make, engine code and engine rather than the year/make/model format used for automotive applications.

“Displaying this commercial, industrial and agricultural data in any way other than by engine is virtually impossible,” said Brent Berman, director, training and consumer experience for Federal-Mogul Motorparts. “We worked with NAPA over the course of 18 months to map the information in an acceptable format for searches within NAPA PartsPRO II, and completed the detailed validation process. With that complete, we now are able to send any ‘non-conforming’ data, such as marine, performance and assortments, into the NAPA PartsPRO II system.”

The integration of FP Diesel product data enables NAPA distributors to expand their customer base to repair shops and service centers that work on medium- and heavy-duty vehicles.

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Joey Logano Overcomes Adversity at Pocono, Crew Chief Todd Gordon Earns MOOG® ‘Problem Solver’ Honors

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Driver Joey Logano and crew chief Todd Gordon of the MOOG® Steering and Suspension-equipped No. 22 Shell/Pennzoil Ford Fusion overcame two early setbacks to finish fourth in Sunday’s Axalta “We Paint Winners” 400 NASCAR® Sprint Cup race at Pocono Raceway, Long Pond, Pa. Following the event, Gordon became the 11th different crew chief in 14 starts to receive MOOG “Problem Solver of the Race” honors. MOOG is the Official Steering and Suspension of NASCAR.

Sponsored by global vehicle components manufacturer 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 best second-half improvement in average lap time while finishing on the lead lap. The No. 22 Team Penske Ford improved by a race-best 0.412-seconds per lap over the final 80 laps at Pocono.

Although he qualified 11th, Logano was forced to start in the last row after the team made a pre-race gear change. The 22 made up almost half of its early deficit during the first green-flag run but was assessed a pass-through penalty on Lap 22 for speeding on pit road. Logano got back onto the lead lap with the help of a caution on Lap 70, and then, with Gordon and crew gradually dialing in the Fusion’s MOOG-equipped chassis, began advancing through the field. Logano was just outside the top 10 by Lap 100 and was running second to eventual race winner Martin Truex Jr. and the MOOG-equipped No. 78 Chevrolet with just under 50 miles remaining.

“Joey called it a ‘blue collar’ day, and that’s exactly what it was for the 22 team,” said Tim Nelson, director of motorsports for Federal-Mogul Motorparts. “They made things a little tough for themselves in the early going but Todd and Joey kept working at improving their car all afternoon. That dedication to problem solving excellence – no matter what the challenge might be – plays a huge role in winning a Sprint Cup title.”

Following the season, Federal-Mogul Motorparts will present the $100,000 MOOG “Problem Solver of the Year” Award to the crew chief with the most weekly Problem Solver wins. After 14 races, three crew chiefs – Chad Knaus (No. 48 Chevrolet, Jimmie Johnson), Greg Ives (No. 88 Chevrolet, Dale Earnhardt Jr.) and Justin Alexander (No. 27 Chevrolet, Paul Menard) – lead the year-end MOOG standings with two weekly Problem Solver wins each, followed by eight crew chiefs with one.

The MOOG brand, the preferred choice of professional technicians and NASCAR crew chiefs, is in its 50th year of Cup competition. In recognition of the vital importance of steering and suspension components in overall vehicle safety and performance, NASCAR now requires that Cup teams use MOOG Problem Solver parts, specifically balls joints and tie rod ends. Cup Series champions have chosen MOOG parts for 49 consecutive years.

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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Keith Rodden, Crew Chief for Kasey Kahne, is MOOG® ‘Problem Solver of the Race’ at Dover

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Kasey Kahne and the MOOG® Steering and Suspension-equipped No. 5 Farmers Insurance Chevrolet SS picked up 21 positions to post their second top-five finish of the season and crew chief Keith Rodden was named MOOG “Problem Solver of the Race” in Sunday’s FedEx 400 benefitting Autism Speaks NASCAR® Sprint Cup event at Dover (Del.) International Speedway. MOOG is the Official Steering and Suspension of NASCAR.

The 10th different crew chief to win MOOG Problem Solver honors this year, Rodden received the award after the No. 5 delivered a race-best 0.084-seconds per lap change in average lap time over the final 200 laps of Dover’s “Monster Mile” to finish fourth. The Problem Solver of the Race and season-ending $100,000 MOOG “Problem Solver of the Year” awards are sponsored by global vehicle components manufacturer Federal-Mogul Motorparts, a division of Federal-Mogul Holdings Corporation.

Kahne started 25th but discovered that the MOOG-equipped Chevrolet’s chassis setup provided an early advantage. He picked up 10 positions within the first 100 miles and was running ninth by a restart on Lap 168. The 5 car bounced in and out of the top 10 over the balance of the race, with Rodden and crew adjusting the Chevrolet’s steering and suspension during nearly every stop to address changing track conditions. Kahne was running eighth with 40 laps to go and advanced to fourth for a restart 18 laps later. After a pit stop for two new tires, the 5 moved into second place behind eventual race winner Jimmie Johnson and the MOOG-equipped No. 48 Chevrolet, but fell back two spots in the closing laps. Kahne and Rodden’s teammate at Hendrick Motorsports, Johnson became just the fifth driver in history to win 10 Cup races at a single track.

“Keith’s pre-race setup was a huge advantage for the 5 in the early stage of the race,” said Tim Nelson, director of motorsports for Federal-Mogul Motorparts. “Once Kasey cracked the top 10, Keith and the Hendrick crew continued to find additional speed through precise adjustments to their steering and suspension, and they had an excellent strategy at the end. I’m sure Keith and Kasey felt they were good enough to either win or finish second, but a top-five at Dover is something to be proud of.”

With just over one-third of the Cup Series season in the books, three crew chiefs – Chad Knaus (No. 48 Chevrolet, Jimmie Johnson), Greg Ives (No. 88 Chevrolet, Dale Earnhardt Jr.) and Justin Alexander (No. 27 Chevrolet, Paul Menard) – lead the year-end MOOG standings with two weekly Problem Solver wins each, followed by seven crew chiefs who each have one.

The MOOG brand, the preferred choice of professional technicians and NASCAR crew chiefs, is in its 50th year of Cup competition. In recognition of the vital importance of steering and suspension components in overall vehicle safety and performance, NASCAR now requires that Cup teams use MOOG Problem Solver® parts, specifically balls joints and tie rod ends. Cup Series champions have chosen MOOG parts for 49 consecutive years.

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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Dale Earnhardt Jr. Crew Chief Greg Ives Earns MOOG® ‘Problem Solver’ Honors Following Top-Five Finish at Charlotte

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Greg Ives, crew chief for Dale Earnhardt Jr. and the MOOG® Steering and Suspension-equipped No. 88 Nationwide Chevrolet SS, was named MOOG “Problem Solver of the Race” after his fuel strategy helped the 88 team finish third in Sunday night’s Coca-Cola 600 NASCAR® Sprint Cup event at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway. MOOG is the Official Steering and Suspension of NASCAR.

Ives won his second MOOG Problem Solver award of the season on the basis of the 88 car’s race-best 0.160-second-per-lap improvement over the final 200 laps while finishing on the lead lap. The Hendrick Motorsports team now has one win and seven top-five finishes in 12 Cup starts. The MOOG Problem Solver of the Race and $100,000 “Problem Solver of the Year” awards are sponsored by Federal-Mogul Motorparts, a division of Federal-Mogul Holdings Corporation.

After starting 15th, the 88 Chevrolet had advanced to ninth by Lap 92 and third by Lap 124. With Ives and crew continually adjusting the car’s steering and suspension, the MOOG-equipped Chevrolet remained in the top 15 for the balance of the race. After pitting with 62 laps to go, Ives opted to gamble that Earnhardt could make his fuel last the rest of the way. As the leaders headed onto pit road with just over 20 laps remaining, the 88 remained on the track, advancing to third. Earnhardt was able to maintain that position over the final 35 miles despite repeatedly backing off the throttle to avoid running dry.

“It’s impressive that the 88 was able to post the best second-half improvement in spite of the fact that Dale Jr. was forced to conserve fuel over that final segment,” said Tim Nelson, director of motorsports for Federal-Mogul Motorparts. “The Hendrick team pulled out all the stops to improve their MOOG-equipped chassis throughout the race, and Greg chose a smart fuel strategy to dramatically improve their finish.”

The MOOG brand, the preferred choice of professional technicians and NASCAR crew chiefs, is in its 50th year of Cup competition. In recognition of the vital importance of steering and suspension components in overall vehicle safety and performance, NASCAR now requires that Cup teams use MOOG Problem Solver® parts, specifically balls joints and tie rod ends. Cup Series champions have chosen MOOG parts for 49 consecutive years.

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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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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