Visteon Radiators Reach NASCAR's Victory Lane
1 June 1999Visteon Radiators Reach NASCAR's Victory Lane
DEARBORN, Mich., June 1 -- NASCAR's top drivers are finding their way to victory lane, based, in part, on their use of new high- performance radiators supplied by Visteon Automotive Systems. The most recent winner, Jeff Burton, cruised to his third win of the 1999 NASCAR Winston Cup season Sunday in the Coca-Cola 600 at Lowe's Motor Speedway in Charlotte, NC. Burton's engine was cooled by a Visteon radiator, which recorded its first win in stock car racing's major league. Visteon radiators have been gradually saturating the Winston Cup scene this season. Sunday's results proved that the radiators have made a difference as Mark Martin (third place) and Dale Jarrett (fifth place) also ran with Visteon radiators. "The results clearly show that our radiators not only are achieving widespread acceptance in the Winston Cup Series, but also produce winning results," said Bill Klehm, president of Visteon Climate Control Systems, Ltd. "We're proud that our technology is assisting these drivers reach the winner's circle." On May 8, Visteon radiators claimed its first victory in the NASCAR Busch Grand National series when Elton Sawyer took the checkered flag in the New Hampshire 200. Visteon supplies its high-performance radiator cores to C&R Racing of Indianapolis, Ind. C&R design and distribute custom racing radiators to the majority of racing teams in the Winston Cup. The Visteon radiator core has a more efficient tube and fin design, according to Chris Paulsen, owner of C&R Racing. This design has resulted in outstanding performance during testing this season. "In addition to a design that offers better fin integrity, the Visteon core is extremely high quality," he added. "And perhaps most important, we've been able to tailor Visteon cores to particular race tracks by changing the core size (height, width or thickness) and/or fin density. We can now offer a radiator for a short track, intermediate track or super speedway. By being able to tailor the radiator to a particular track and to a particular racing team's needs, we allow the racers to gain further efficiencies." Snyder named IRL's top crew chief On May 27, Visteon sponsored the second annual True Grit award which honors the top crew chief in the Indy Racing League. This year's winner was Owen Snyder, Chief Mechanic for Team Cheever. Snyder accepted the award during Carburetion Day festivities at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Paulsen presented the $10,000 award to Snyder, who has spent the past 11 years of his 18-year career with Team Cheever. Visteon will also sponsor NASCAR's True Grit Award which will be presented prior to the Brickyard 400 in Indianapolis on August 7. With a global delivery system of more than 125 technical, manufacturing, sales and service facilities located in 21 countries, Visteon is leveraging the talents of its 77,000 employees to deliver innovative, consumer-driven solutions to its customers.