Southfield, Michigan, April 15, 2014.The first two winners of the Champion® Spark Plug brand's annual $125,000 "Search for a Champion" motorsports sponsorship contest added to their growing lists of honors by posting impressive victories in key early-season national drag and dirt racing events this past weekend.
Inaugural Search for a Champion grand-prize winner Corey Michalek of Michalek Brothers Racing made the most of his NHRA Top Alcohol Dragster (T/AD) racing debut by winning the NHRA Four-Wide Nationals at zMAX Dragway, Charlotte, N.C. Michalek, who shares driving duties in the Champion-sponsored Michalek Brothers Racing dragster, beat T/AD veteran Bill Reichert in Sunday's semi-final and took the final round over Brandon Booher.
In Late Model DIRT competition, 2013 Search for a Champion grand-prize winner Bobby Pierce won Friday night's feature event at Farmer City (Ill.) Raceway, then captured Saturday's UMP DIRTcar Spring Nationals title at Eldora Speedway, Rossberg, Ohio. The 17-year-old, victorious in three consecutive events, is the youngest driver to win at Eldora.
A third Champion-sponsored grassroots racer - Daniel Burkett - dominated the action in Formula Atlantic competition with two poles and two wins in Rounds 1 and 2 of the 2014 Atlantic Championship Series at Road Atlanta, Braselton, Ga.
"It's a thrill to watch these grassroots racers thrive with the support of the iconic Champion brand," said Federal-Mogul Global Digital Marketing Manager Jessica Wynn. "Our grassroots sponsorship program is all about helping talented young drivers take the next step in building successful racing careers. Corey, Bobby and Daniel exemplify the talent and passion that have made Champion one of the world's most respected brands."
"Performance Driven(TM)" Champion spark plugs are a leading choice of talented drivers, engine builders and teams in virtually every form of engine-driven competition, including professional stock car racing, NHRA® drag racing, local and regional circle track competition, and motorcycle, boat and snocross events. The Champion brand today represents a broad portfolio of additional products, including wipers, filters and chemical additives.
To learn more about Champion products and programs, including the Search for a Champion contest, please visit www.AlwaysaChampion.com. Like Champion on Facebook at , and follow the brand on Twitter at .
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 44,300 people in 33 countries, and its worldwide headquarters is in Southfield, Michigan, United States. For more information, please visit www.federalmogul.com.