Search For a Champion Finalists Announced

February 21, 2013 11:30am

15 Finalists Named in $125,000 ‘Search for a Champion’ Contest
Each to Receive $5,000 Champion
® Racing Sponsorship, Chance to Win
$50,000 Grand Prize Sponsorship Package

Southfield, Michigan, - Fifteen grassroots racers representing several different forms of engine-driven competition have been selected as finalists in the 2013 “Search for a Champion” racing sponsorship contest, which will award $125,000 in sponsorship cash from Federal-Mogul’s (NASDAQ: FDML) iconic Champion® brand of spark plugs, wiper blades and chemical additives. Each finalist will receive a $5,000 Champion sponsorship and a chance to earn the contest’s $50,000 grand prize. Voting for the grand prize sponsorship begins Friday, February 22, at

The finalists ─ announced this morning at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway by NASCAR® Sprint Cup driver and Champion spokesperson Kevin Harvick ─ were selected from more   than 160 racers and teams who submitted two-minute video entries to the website. Over 81,000 votes were cast by racers, fans and members of the Champion community, and final judging was led by Harvick.

“Each of our finalists did an outstanding job of demonstrating their passion for racing and a commitment to take their skills to the next level in 2013,” Harvick said. “I’m proud to be associated with this innovative contest because Federal-Mogul and the Champion brand are helping to build the next generation of racing superstars.”

The 2013 “Search for a Champion” finalists are:

Name City/State Vehicle Class/Type

Kolby Araki Clovis, Calif. // USAC Sprint Car

Cody Correia Lake Elsinore, Calif. // Motorcycle/Motocross

Jason Feger Bloomington, Ill.  // Dirt Late Model

Molly Helmuth Seattle, Wash.  // Super Late Model

Ted Hodgdon Danbury, Conn.  // Junior Outlaw Kart

Jolly Rogers Racing Des Moines, Wash.  //  Jet Sprint Boat

Andy Lieders Colby, Wis.  // Snowmobile/Snocross

Tristan Nunez Boca Raton, Fla.  // Prototype Lite

D.J. Osborne Lehi, Utah // Super Late Model

Bobby Pierce Oakwood, Ill. // Dirt Late Model

Carl Rydquist Redondo Beach, Calif. // Time Attack & Drifting

Donnie Steward West Burlington, Iowa // Dirt Winged Sprint Car

Tyler Tanner Auburn, Wash. // Straight Rail Late Model

Taylor Toftemark Castle Rock, Wash. // Top Alcohol Jr. Dragster

Wes White Pacoima, Calif. // Vintage Motorcycle

Federal-Mogul also announced five “Honorable Mention” winners, each of whom will receive a $500 Visa Gift Card. They are: Alex Cognac, Marvin, N.C.; Sierra Jackson, Middleton, Idaho; Nick Lascuola, Abington, Mass.; Jeremy Lowe, Sarasota, Fla.; and Pittbull Motorsports, Bismarck, N.D.

Anyone can vote for their favorite entrant in the $50,000 grand-prize round of the “Search for a Champion” contest by registering at Those who register and vote will automatically be entered into a sweepstakes for 200 free Champion T-shirts as well as posters autographed by Harvick. Voting is open February 22 through March 24, 2013, and Harvick will announce the $50,000 “Champion’s champion” at 9 a.m. E.T. on April 2.


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 Component Solutions 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