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Posted: Tuesday, January 21, 2014 by WKR in Labels: , , , , , ,

Will Kimmel will be debuting as the Ingersoll Rand driver of the TriStar Motorsports #44 car in Phoenix, AZ on Saturday, March 1. Help him pick the look of his car! Vote daily for a chance to win an Ingersoll Rand prize pack!




Mooresville, N.C. (January 21, 2014) - For the second consecutive year, TriStar Motorsports welcomes Ingersoll Rand back for the 2014 NASCAR Nationwide Series season.  Ingersoll Rand, a global leader in air compressors, tools, fluid management and material handling equipment, will serve as an associate sponsor on all of TriStar Motorsports Toyota Camry's for the 33-race Nationwide Series schedule. Additionally, Ingersoll Rand will run five primary races with the No. 44 TriStar Motorsports Camry, with their first race at Phoenix International Raceway on March 1, 2014.

ARCA Racing Series regular, Will Kimmel, will be in the cockpit of the No. 44 Ingersoll Rand Toyota Camry throughout the five primary events. Kimmel, the nephew of 10-time ARCA Racing Series Champion Frank Kimmel, has had an enduring relationship with Ingersoll Rand since 2012. Kimmel, who races for his family owned team Kimmel Racing, scored seven top five and 19 top-10 finishes across his six year tenure in the ARCA Racing Series. Phoenix will be Kimmel's second Nationwide Series start and his first at the 1.5 mile track.

"We look forward to renewing our partnership with TriStar Motorsports as they take their program to the next level," said John Evans, President of Power Tools at Ingersoll Rand. "TriStar allows us the opportunity to support rookie drivers and provide them with performance tools that can help them win both on and off the track. We were happy with our partnership last year and look forward to growing our programs together this year."

"To say I'm excited is an understatement," exclaimed Kimmel. "I greatly appreciate the opportunity Ingersoll Rand and TriStar Motorsports have presented to me. I look forward to continuing the Kimmel family impression in racing, now in the NASCAR community.  

TriStar Motorsports owner Mark Smith said, "I greatly appreciate Ingersoll Rand coming back on board this year. I can attest to the impressive quality of their tools, I use them both in our race shop and at Pro Motor Engines. Ingersoll Rand, as an organization, has been great to work with and I look forward to this season's partnership." Smith continued, "I also admire how Ingersoll Rand builds relationships with rookie drivers and help give them an opportunity of a life time. I am honored TriStar Motorsports can be a part of that."

After Kimmel's first Nationwide Series race at Phoenix in March, he will check-off an item on his bucket list two weeks later and try to tame the half-mile concrete oval of Bristol Motor Speedway in Bristol, Tennessee. The remaining three of Kimmel's Nationwide Series starts are still to be determined and will be announced at a later date.

About Ingersoll Rand: Ingersoll Rand (NYSE:IR) advances the quality of life by creating comfortable, sustainable and efficient environments. Our people and our family of brands including Club Car®, Ingersoll Rand®Thermo King® and Trane®work together to enhance the quality and comfort of air in homes and buildings; transport and protect food and perishables; and increase industrial productivity and efficiency.  Ingersoll Rand products range from complete compressed air systems, tools and pumps to material and fluid handling systems. The diverse and innovative products, services and solutions enhance our customers' energy efficiency, productivity and operations. We are a global business committed to a world of sustainable progress and enduring results. For more information, visit www.ingersollrand.com or www.ingersollrandproducts.com.

About TriStar Motorsports NC, LLC: TriStar Motorsports NC, LLC currently fields Toyota Camrys in the NASCAR Nationwide Series for Mike Bliss, Jeff Green, Hal Martin, Eric McClure and Blake Koch. Located in Mooresville, North Carolina, TriStar Motorsports has competed in NASCAR's Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series since 1989; fielding cars for some of NASCAR's premier drivers including Bobby Hamilton, Greg Sacks, Phil Parsons, Mike Wallace, Jason Leffler, Reed Sorenson, Tony Raines, Kevin Lepage and others. To find out more information about TriStar Motorsports please visit tristarmotorsportsnc.com, like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Circle Track renews/expands Kimmel Deal

Posted: Monday, January 20, 2014 by WKR in Labels: , , , , ,


Circle Track renews/expands Kimmel Deal

Circle Track Magazine, the #1 Source for Advanced Racing Technology, announced today that it has renewed its personal services agreement with ARCA Racing Series driver Will Kimmel. Kimmel, the third generation racer from Sellersburg, Indiana will represent the Tampa, Florida based publication for the 2014 season.

Kimmel and Circle Track, the largest short track racing media platform in the country enjoyed a successful year together that saw the 25 year old finish 8th in the ARCA Series points standings while competing in a handful of Street Stock races at his home track of Salem Speedway. With a solid relationship built, they plan on expanding their activities in 2014 with a brand new project.

“Toward the latter portion of last year, Will and I were discussing some ideas regarding Late Models and how we could take some of the technology we present in the pages of Circle Track and merge it with what Will and his team do at the ARCA level,” explained Publisher Rob Fisher. “Would it work? Would it not work? We’re going to find out.”

“Racers are always innovating, trying new things. It’s how you find better ways to go faster,” said Kimmel. “We came up with a concept for a Super Late Model that incorporates a truck arm style rear end with a more conventional Late Model front end. While it’s been tried a few times in the past, we are adding some pretty unique features that should make the car very competitive.”

Upon hearing of the idea Fisher thought it that it would make an excellent platform for a Circle Track project car. So, working with Kimmel’s Indiana based team and veteran North Carolina car builder Billy Hess, the trio set out to build what was aptly dubbed Project SLM. The car debuted to a great deal of interest at the 2013 Performance Racing Industry trade show in Indianapolis.

But this car isn’t just going to be a showpiece. A heavy testing schedule is planned for the car to dial in the rather unconventional setup. Once complete Fisher and Kimmel plan on campaigning the car at five marquee Super Late Model races in 2014 including the Winchester 400 and the Snowball Derby.

“At Circle Track we build cars, we test cars and we race cars, so it is only natural that we put this latest project into competition at the highest level,” said Fisher.

Beyond the track, Kimmel will also be featured in both promotional videos and technical articles as well as acting as a spokesman for the 30 year old publication. Many of those articles will focus on Project SLM.

“I’m very grateful to be working with Circle Track again this year. Everyone in our family has been reading the magazine for years, so we all know how big and how influential they are.” said Kimmel. “They cater to real racers with real hardcore technical articles that teach something every time you open an issue. I’m proud to continue to be a part of their team.”

All of Kimmel’s 2014 activities as well as the other projects for Circle Track will be chronicled in print and online at www.circletrack.com as well as the magazine’s various social media outlets. Those outlets include:

Twitter: @circletrackmag

Will Kimmel is also active online you can follow him on the following outlets:

Twitter: @willkimmel

About Circle Track:
For the last thirty years, Circle Track magazine has taken the most complex technical subjects and theories and put them in practical terms for racers of all levels. It is the proven source for dirt and asphalt Saturday-night racers to obtain the latest in racing technology and how to apply it. If it has an engine and somebody races it, Circle Track speaks to that consumer, with an emphasis on expert-level car construction, engine building and tuning, safety equipment use, chassis tuning, and racing technique. Reaching more than 200,000 racers through its print publication and comprehensive website, Circle Track is the largest motorsports publication in the country.

About Will Kimmel:

Will Kimmel, the son Bill Kimmel and nephew of 10-time ARCA Champ Frank Kimmel, has earned an impressive 13 track championships and over 90 career wins. He became the first rookie driver to ever win a feature event in his first Super Late Model start at the notoriously difficult Salem Speedway. That same year he became the youngest driver to ever win the Salem Speedway Super Late Model Championship at only 19 years old. Two years ago he started 21st and finished 3rd in his debut run in the ARCA 200 at Daytona International Speedway. Last year he was running 5th in the same race when a flat tire ruined his day.