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Southfield, Michigan, August 26, 2013.Drew Blickensderfer, crew chief for Marcos
Ambrose and the Stanley-sponsored No. 9 Ford Fusion, was named Federal-Mogul's
(NASDAQ: FDML) MOOG(®) Steering and Suspension "Problem Solver of the Race"
following the team's eighth-place finish in Saturday's Irwin Tools Night Race at
Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway. He is the 17(th) different crew chief in 24
races to win the weekly MOOG award.
The MOOG Problem Solver of the Race award is presented to the crew chief whose
car posts the greatest improvement in average lap speed over the second half of
each Sprint Cup event while finishing on the lead lap. At the end of the season,
Federal-Mogul presents the $100,000 MOOG "Problem Solver of the Year" Award to
the crew chief with the most weekly Problem Solver
wins. After starting 14(th),
Ambrose and Blickensderfer's MOOG-equipped No. 9 Ford improved by a race-best
0.149-second per lap over the final 250 laps at Bristol.
The team battled tight handling throughout the first half of the race, with
Blickensderfer calling for a series of wedge adjustments and other changes to
help Ambrose stay within range of the top 20. With improved handling and smart
pit strategy, the 9 car advanced to 13(th) by lap 365 and 11(th) by lap 400.
Ambrose used a great restart to move into fifth position with just under 50 laps
remaining and held on for the team's second consecutive top 10 finish.
"Drew and the Petty Racing crew worked their tails off dialing in that chassis,
but their hard work paid off with an another impressive finish as we near the
cut-off for the Chase field," said Federal-Mogul Motorsports Director Tim
Nelson. "It's fun to watch a professional like Drew work his magic on pit road.
He faced a number of tough handling problems and it looked like he solved them
all in time to give Marcos a decent shot at a top five."
With 12 races remaining in the 2013 season, there's no still clear favorite in
the battle for the prestigious MOOG Problem Solver of the Year Award. Joey
Logano (No. 22 Ford) crew chief Todd Gordon and Matt Borland, crew chief for
Ryan Newman (No. 39 Chevrolet), are tied for the lead with three weekly MOOG
awards each, while three crew chiefs have two wins and 12 have one. "Anybody
could get hot over the next several weeks to win this thing," Nelson said.
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 designs that improve on
original parts by providing increased durability, improved performance and
easier installation. Many of the same MOOG technologies utilized in Sprint Cup
competition are featured in MOOG ball joints, tie rod ends and other components
available for today's passenger vehicles.
For more information regarding 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. 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 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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