Ray Evernham to Keynote ‘Night of Excellence’ Dinner at AWDA

Tuesday, 29 October 2013

Program Includes Announcement of Three Awards Supporting Automotive Excellence

Ray Evernham, president and CEO of Ray Evernham Enterprises, will keynote the “Night of Excellence” dinner hosted by Babcox Media during the 2013 AWDA conference on Monday, Nov. 4.

The program also will include three announcements by Babcox Media naming the 2013 recipients of awards supporting excellence at every level of the automotive repair industry – Tomorrow’s Tech’s School of the Year, Counterman’s Counter Professional of the Year and Babcox Tech Group’s Best Tech.

“Babcox Media is proud to honor these winners, alongside our sponsors WIX® Filters, Raybestos Chassis, Affinia Group and O’Reilly Auto Parts,” said Scott Shriber, publisher of Counterman. “Each of this year’s winners exemplifies excellence in their respective field.”

During his keynote, Evernham will discuss his passion for automotive excellence, whether it is working on cars, helping customers or teaching students as they ready to become the next generation in the automotive industry.

“It is always an honor to help recognize those in the automotive industry who go above the call of duty, invest in education and are ambassadors for the aftermarket by demonstrating excellence in the automotive industry,” Evernham said. “This will be an exciting night for everyone and I am honored to participate in a program geared toward the future of our industry.”

An “ultimate car guy,” Evernham used hard-work and street-smarts to become a NASCAR champion. Named the “greatest crew chief of all-time,” he became a business champion as well, creating a well-run, innovative, technology-leading organization which earned the respect of its peers. The company grew to be a winning multi-car team in the NASCAR Sprint Cup, NASCAR Nationwide and NASCAR Camping World Truck series.

Since leaving his ownership position, Evernham has become a leading authority in both motorsports and the car business as an ESPN racing analyst, avid car collector, restorer and judge, dirt-track owner, and inner-circle consultant to racing and auto dealer giant Rick Hendrick. He also finds time to race with his wife, Erin, for fun and at charity events like Tony Stewart’s “Prelude to the Dream” and is a respected community leader through his philanthropy.

About WIX Filters

Since 1939, Wix® Filters has been an innovator in filtration products. WIX designs, manufactures and distributes products for automotive, diesel, agricultural, industrial and specialty filter markets. Its product line includes oil, air, cabin interior, fuel, coolant, transmission and hydraulic filters for automobiles, trucks, off-road equipment and manufacturing applications. For more information, visit www.wixfilters.com. Like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/wixfilters, follow us on Twitter @WIXFilters and visit our YouTube page at youtube.com/TheWIXFilters

About Affinia Group Inc.

Affinia Group Inc. is an innovative global leader in the design, manufacture, distribution and marketing of industrial grade products and services, including extensive offerings of aftermarket products for automotive and heavy-duty vehicles. With approximately $1.5 billion in annual revenue, Affinia has operations in North and South America, Europe and Asia. For more information, visit www.affiniagroup.com.

Wray Ward