(Thomson Reuters ONE via COMTEX) --Southfield, Michigan, March 17, 2015.Tony Gibson, crew chief for Kurt Busch and the No. 41 Haas Automation Chevrolet SS, was named MOOG® "Problem Solver of the Race" after the Stewart-Haas Racing team finished fifth in Sunday's CampingWorld.com 500 NASCAR® Sprint Cup Series event at Phoenix International Raceway. MOOG is the Official Steering and Suspension of NASCAR.
Sponsored by Federal-Mogul Motorparts, a division of Federal-Mogul Holdings Corporation (NASDAQ: FDML), the weekly MOOG Problem Solver 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 No. 41 Chevrolet improved by a race-best 0.087-second per lap over the final 156 laps at PIR.
Busch started in eighth position and ran in the top five for most of the afternoon. At times during the final 100 miles, it appeared that the MOOG-equipped 41 car had the best shot at race leader and eventual winner Kevin Harvick. Following a caution with 24 laps to go, Busch restarted 10th and made a strong charge toward the front, again cracking the top five with four laps remaining. Harvick's MOOG-equipped No. 4 Chevrolet has won four straight races at Phoenix and four of its last seven Cup starts dating back to last season.
"This was the first time Tony and Kurt were together for a Cup race this year and they were nearly flawless on the track and on pit road," said Tim Nelson, director of motorsports for Federal-Mogul Motorparts. "The 41 car was running fast all weekend. Tony made some great calls on chassis setup and racing strategy to give them a legitimate chance at a win."
With four races in the books, four different crew chiefs have taken home weekly MOOG honors. At the end of 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.
The preferred choice of professional technicians and NASCAR crew chiefs, MOOG 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.
Federal-Mogul Holdings 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 divisions, each with a chief executive officer reporting to Federal-Mogul's Board of Directors.
Federal-Mogul Motorparts 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®, Jurid® and Wagner® brake products.
Federal-Mogul Powertrain designs and manufactures original equipment powertrain components and systems protection products for automotive, heavy-duty, industrial and transport applications.
Federal-Mogul was founded in Detroit in 1899 and maintains its worldwide headquarters in Southfield, Michigan. The company employs nearly 50,000 in 34 countries. For more information, please visit www.federalmogul.com.
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