The inaugural Moog “Problem Solver of the Year” Award from Federal-Mogul Corporation was presented to Bob Osborne, crew chief for the #99 Ford drive by Carl Edwards in the NASCAR Sprint Cup competition. The award, which is sponsored by Federal’s Moog chassis parts brand, is presented to the best overall performance by a crew chief during the entire NASCAR season, as opposed to just a single race.
“In creating the Moog Problem Solver Awards, we wanted to focus the spotlight on the crew chief, who plays a major role in the car’s on-track performance. Bob’s incredible record in 2008 really solidifies the importance of making the correct chassis adjustments to reflect changing track conditions,” said Jay Burkhart, senior vice president, Global Aftermarket, Federal-Mogul.
And the results prove it. Osborne’s masterful performance in the pits helped Edwards and the #99 Office Depot Ford capture nine wins and 19 top-five finishes in 2008. Edwards finished the year just 69 points behind Sprint Cup Series Champion Jimmie Johnson.
In his first weekly award-winning performance at Darlington, Osborne’s chassis adjustments helped propel him to a runner-up finish after having started in 39th position. The same pattern could be seen at the Brickyard (started 9th, finished 2nd), MIS (started 27th, finished 1st), Kansas (started 34th, finished 2nd), PIR (started 15th, finished 4th) and Miami (started 4th, finished 1st).
Federal-Mogul’s Moog steering and suspension products feature innovative, problem-solving designs that make them the preferred choice of racing teams and automotive technicians. Every NASCAR Cup champion since 1966 has won using Moog components.