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No. 56 Toyota's Chad Johnston Becomes 10th Crew Chief in 10 Sprint Cup Starts to Win MOOG® 'Problem Solver of the Race' Award


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Southfield, Michigan, May 6, 2013.Chad Johnston, crew chief for driver Martin
Truex Jr. and the No. 56 NAPA Auto Parts Toyota Camry, became the 10(th) crew
chief to win the prestigious MOOG(®) Steering and Suspension "Problem Solver of
the Race" Award in 10 NASCAR(®) Sprint Cup starts this year following Sunday's
Aaron's 499 at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway. Johnston received his award after
the 56 team survived an early accident, a three-and-a-half-hour rain delay and
near darkness in the closing laps to finish seventh on Talladega's 2.66-mile
track.



Sponsored by MOOG Steering and Suspension components manufacturer Federal-Mogul
Corporation (NASDAQ: FDML), the MOOG "Problem Solver" award is presented after
each Sprint Cup event to the crew chief whose car posts the greatest improvement
in average lap time over the second half while finishing 
on the lead lap. The 56 Toyota was one of the few cars to improve its performance - by 0.010-second per lap - in the rapidly cooling temperatures brought on by a string of thunderstorms moving through the region throughout the day. "We had everything - rain, hail, lightning and a couple of 'Big Ones,' but Chad and Martin just held on and waited for the race to come to them," said Federal- Mogul Motorsports Director Tim Nelson. "This was the sort of day where you just throw out the playbook, yet Chad somehow kept finding the right setup for his MOOG-equipped steering and suspension following each delay." Johnston was challenged early when the 56 Toyota was collected in a multi-car accident on Lap 43, but the car's MOOG steering and suspension components withstood the punishment and the Michael Waltrip Racing crew quickly addressed other damage to avoid falling a lap down. From there it was up to Truex and Johnston - now in their third season together - to identify necessary adjustments in the highly variable weather conditions. "A lot of credit goes to Chad for having the car handling so well at the end when the field was running three wide in near darkness. That helped Martin avoid the final pileup and come out of Talladega with a hard-earned top 10," Nelson said. With the seventh-place finish, the 56 team moved up two spots, to 13(th), in Sprint Cup points. MOOG, the automotive service industry's "Problem Solver(®)," is the preferred brand of professional technicians and NASCAR crew chiefs. Federal-Mogul's MOOG steering and suspension product engineers work in partnership with Sprint 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. About Federal-Mogul 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 vehicle safety. 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. # # # # CONTACT: Drew Shippy (330) 688-3500 Jim Burke (248) 354-4530   This announcement is distributed by Thomson Reuters on behalf of Thomson Reuters clients. The owner of this announcement warrants that: (i) the releases contained herein are protected by copyright and other applicable laws; and (ii) they are solely responsible for the content, accuracy and originality of the information contained therein. Source: Federal-Mogul Corporation via Thomson Reuters ONE [HUG#1699671]


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