Three-time defending NASCAR Sprint Cup champion Jimmie Johnson and crew chief Chad Knaus once again left the competition “California dreaming” as the #48 Lowe’s/Jimmie Johnson Foundation Chevrolet powered to an impressive victory in Sunday’s Pepsi 500 at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, CA. Following the win, which catapulted Johnson into the Chase for the Sprint Cup points lead, Knaus was presented his third MOOG “Problem Solver of the Race” Award of 2009.
Sponsored by Federal-Mogul Corporation, manufacturer of MOOG chassis parts, the MOOG Problem Solver of the Race Award is presented following each NASCAR Sprint Cup event to the crew chief whose car posts the largest increase in average lap speed from the first half to the second half of a race while finishing on the lead lap. Knaus’ win moves him into a four-way tie for the prestigious MOOG “Problem Solver of the Year” Award. In the case of a tie at the end of the season, the annual MOOG award will go to the crew chief whose team has accumulated the most Sprint Cup points.
“What an awesome car!” Johnson said after the #48 Chevrolet pulled away from teammate Jeff Gordon’s #24 car in a three-lap race to the finish following a restart. In fact, Johnson’s car seemed virtually untouchable from the moment the sun first peaked out from behind the clouds on Lap 66. It was clear from that point forward that the #48 car equipped with precision-engineered MOOG chassis parts with superior steering and handling response was running a better line and had more grip than the rest of the field. Johnson led a race-best 126 laps of the two-mile D-shaped oval speedway.
“Chad and the Hendrick Motorsports crew did an awesome job of anticipating the changing track conditions and giving Jimmie a car with exceptional balance and control,” said Federal-Mogul Motorsports Director Tim Nelson. “We’re proud that MOOG chassis parts once again played an important role in providing a clear performance advantage. Chad showed that the right decisions in the pits, combined with the best technology, provided Jimmie with yet another championship-caliber car.”
MOOG chassis parts help deliver the consistent, precise steering and handling response needed to ensure success in NASCAR Sprint Cup competition. That’s why MOOG is the preferred chassis brand of crew chiefs and professional technicians.
For additional information regarding MOOG steering and suspension products, please visit the brand’s technician-focused website, www.moogproblemsolver.com, or contact your MOOG supplier. More information also is available by writing to: MOOG Marketing, Federal-Mogul Corporation, 26555 Northwestern Highway, Southfield, MI 48033.