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Southfield, Michigan, March 6, 2013.Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s crew chief, Steve
Letarte, won his first MOOG(®) "Problem Solver of the Race" Award of 2013 after
the No. 88 National Guard Chevrolet SS delivered its second consecutive top-five
finish in Sunday's Subway Fresh Fit 500 NASCAR(®) Sprint Cup race at Phoenix
International Raceway. The prestigious weekly and year-end MOOG "Problem Solver"
awards are presented by global vehicle components manufacturer Federal-Mogul
Corporation (NASDAQ: FDML).
The 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 88 Chevrolet, which started in 21(st) position, improved by
a race-best 0.177-second over the final 158 laps to finish fifth at PIR.
"Steve had the 88 car humming today
- his setup was spot-on at the start and it
really took off with a little clean air after the first 100 laps," said Federal-
Mogul Motorsports Director Tim Nelson. "But his MOOG Problem Solver award is a
result of the great adjustments and pit strategy that helped make the 88 even
faster in the later stages of the race."
Earnhardt broke into the top 10 on Lap 100 and held the lead for 41 laps during
the middle portion of the race before a caution flag reshuffled the field. He
was forced to conserve fuel in the closing laps after a caution extended the
race for a green-white-checkered finish.
Letarte won the weekly MOOG Problem Solver award four times in 2012 and was
runner-up to crew chief Steve Addington (No. 14 Chevrolet) for the $100,000 MOOG
"Problem Solver of the Year" Award.
As the automotive service industry's "Problem Solver(®)," MOOG is the
brand of professional technicians and NASCAR crew chiefs. Federal-Mogul steering
and suspension engineers work in partnership with Cup teams to develop and test
innovative designs that help provide race-winning performance and durability.
Many of these same technologies are featured in MOOG ball joints, tie rod ends
and other components available for today's passenger vehicles.
For more information regarding MOOG steering and suspension parts, visit the
brand's technician-focused www.moogproblemsolver.com website or contact your
MOOG supplier. To identify the right MOOG part for virtually any application,
please use the convenient, free www.FMe-cat.com electronic catalog.
Federal-Mogul Corporation (NASDAQ: FDML) is a leading global supplier of
products and services to the world's manufacturers and servicers of vehicles and
equipment in the automotive, light, medium and heavy-duty commercial, marine,
rail, aerospace, power generation and industrial markets. The company's products
and services enable improved fuel economy, reduced emissions and enhanced
Federal-Mogul operates two independent business segments, each with a chief
executive officer reporting to Federal-Mogul's Board of Directors. Federal-
Mogul's Powertrain Segment designs and manufactures original equipment
powertrain components and systems protection products for automotive, heavy-
duty, industrial and transport applications. Federal-Mogul's Vehicle Component
Solutions Segment sells and distributes a broad portfolio of products through
more than 20 of the world's most recognized brands in the global vehicle
aftermarket, while also serving original equipment vehicle manufacturers with
products including braking, chassis, wipers and other vehicle components. The
company's aftermarket brands include ANCO(®) wiper blades; Champion(®) spark
plugs, wipers and filters; AE(®), Fel-Pro(®), FP Diesel(®) Goetze(®), Glyco(®),
Nüral(®), Payen(®) and Sealed Power(®) engine products; MOOG(®) steering and
suspension parts; and Ferodo(®) and Wagner(®) brake products.
Federal-Mogul was founded in Detroit in 1899. The company employs 45,000 people
in 34 countries, and its worldwide headquarters is in Southfield, Michigan,
United States. For more information, please visit www.federalmogul.com.
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