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Southfield, Michigan, June 24, 2013.Jeff Gordon picked up 38 positions after an
early-race penalty to finish second and his crew chief, Alan Gustafson, was
named Federal-Mogul's (NASDAQ: FDML) MOOG(®) Steering and Suspension "Problem
Solver of the Race" in Sunday's Toyota - Save Mart 350 NASCAR(®) Sprint Cup
contest at Sonoma (Calif.) Raceway. Gustafson is the 13(th) crew chief in 16
Sprint Cup starts to earn weekly MOOG Problem Solver honors.
The MOOG Problem Solver of the Race Award is presented following each Sprint Cup
event to the crew chief whose car posts the greatest improvement in average lap
time over the second half of the race. Gordon and Gustafson's MOOG-equipped No.
24 Drive to End Hunger Chevrolet SS improved by a race-best 0.923-second per lap
over the final 55 circuits
of Sonoma's 10-turn, 1.99-mile road course.
Gordon, a nine-time Sprint Cup road course winner, was running near the front
when rain brought out the yellow flag on Lap 24. The Hendrick Motorsports-owned
Chevrolet was penalized for entering the pits after the red light came on
signaling that pit road was closed. Gordon was forced to restart in 39(th)
position seven laps later. But the driver and Gustafson methodically reclaimed
track position through a series of enhancements to the 24 car's handling
combined with smart pit strategy. Gordon was up to 26(th) within 10 laps and
second by Lap 77 before briefly claiming the lead on Lap 79. He was running
third on Lap 100 and was able to pass Juan Pablo Montoya (No. 42 Chevrolet) for
second place with two laps remaining.
"Alan had the 24 running the fastest laps on the track at the end," said
Federal-Mogul Motorsports Director Tim Nelson. "The penalty was a huge setback,
but the team stayed focused and Alan kept finding more speed in that MOOG-
equipped chassis as the day went on. It was a great team effort and a clear
example of MOOG Problem Solving expertise."
With his first weekly MOOG Problem Solver award of the year, Gustafson is one of
13 crew chiefs now in the running for the $100,000 MOOG "Problem Solver of the
Year Award." He won the prestigious MOOG year-end award in 2011.
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 Components
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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