Ingersoll Rand Named Official Air Tools and Compressors of Evernham Motorsports and Title Sponsor of Evernham Motorsports Pit Training Facility
Annandale, NJ — March 07, 2006 — Ingersoll-Rand Company announced that Evernham Motorsports (EMS) and Ingersoll Rand will be expanding their partnership to include sponsorship of an Evernham Motorsports road course development program for the 2006 season.
The new program extends the long-standing relationship that Ray Evernham, president and CEO of Evernham Motorsports, has enjoyed with Ingersoll Rand, and allows the organization to further develop its road course performance by tapping road racing veteran Boris Said to serve not only as a driver, but also as a coach.
Said piloted the No. 9 Ingersoll Rand Dodge Charger in the NASCAR® Busch Series race at Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez on March 5, earning the pole and finishing second in the 200 mile race, Said’s career-best finish in the NASCAR® Busch Series . He also will act as a technical consultant on the development of road course cars and serve as coach to the Evernham Motorsports stable of drivers.
“Ingersoll Rand has been a partner at EMS since the beginning and we have many years of success together,” Evernham said. “They have supported us on pit road with great air tools since the beginning and now this is an opportunity for them to be out front as a primary sponsor.”
In addition to the designation as Official Air Tools and Compressors of Evernham Motorsports, Ingersoll Rand will also be the title sponsor of the EMS Pit Training Facility in Statesville, North Carolina and will be an associate sponsor of the No. 9 Ultimate Dodge Charger in the NASCAR® Busch Series for the duration of the season.
“Ingersoll Rand is proud of our affiliation with Ray Evernham and we are pleased to sponsor the EMS Road Course Development Program,” said Marc Dufour, president, Americas, for the Ingersoll Rand Industrial Technologies sector. “Boris Said is a proven champion who provides Ingersoll Rand with a great opportunity to showcase its brands as part of a winning team.”
Ingersoll Rand has been building leading quality air tools for over a century, including the very first impact tools. Their impact wrenches have been used in NASCAR® pit stops for more than 50 years and their ThunderGun® impact wrench is currently used by every Nextel Cup Series team for lightning-fast pit stops.
The next race for Ingersoll Rand to adorn the hood of a race car will be on a fourth Nextel Cup car for Evernham Motorsports at Watkins Glen International August 13. The driver of the No. 98 Ingersoll Rand Dodge Charger will be announced at a later date.
Ingersoll Rand Industrial Technologies provides products, services, and solutions to enhance the efficiency and productivity of our commercial, industrial, and process customers. Our innovative products include air compressors, air systems components, tools, pumps, material and fluid handling systems, and microturbines.