Evernham Motorsorts road course development plans

EVERNHAM MOTORSPORTS AND INGERSOLL RAND FORM ROAD RACING PARTNERSHIP BORIS SAID SET TO JOIN EMS AS DRIVER AND COACH DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (February 10, 2006) -- Evernham Motorsports and Ingersoll Rand announced today the expansion of their ...

EVERNHAM MOTORSPORTS AND INGERSOLL RAND FORM ROAD RACING PARTNERSHIP

BORIS SAID SET TO JOIN EMS AS DRIVER AND COACH

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (February 10, 2006) -- Evernham Motorsports and Ingersoll Rand announced today the expansion of 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.

"Our goal is to build a championship race team and to do that you have to run well on the road courses," Evernham said. "You can't take a mulligan at Infineon Raceway and Watkins Glen. "Boris presented us with an excellent opportunity to improve our road course program by having him work with our teams on the cars as well as with our drivers. He has years of road course racing experience and has had success in NASCAR on the road courses."

Said will pilot the No. 9 Ingersoll Rand Dodge Charger in the NASCAR Busch Series race at Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez on March 5. He also will act as a technical consultant on the development of road course cars and serve as a driver coach to the Evernham Motorsports stable of drivers.

"Working with Evernham Motorsports is an incredible opportunity for me," Said commented. "My thanks to Ingersoll Rand for making this happen. The race in Mexico is a one-of-a-kind event that I did not want to miss out on. Last year I had a strong top-five run there, but this season, with the type of equipment Evernham Motorsports brings to the track, I know we can contend for the win. I also look forward to a continued relationship with Evernham where I can help out their road course program and maybe give the other guys some tips on how to turn right."

Ingersoll Rand also will serve as the primary sponsor on a fourth entry in the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series for Evernham Motorsports at Watkins Glen International on Aug. 13. The driver of the No. 98 Ingersoll Rand Dodge Charger will be announced at a later date.

"Ingersoll Rand has been a partner at EMS since day one 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 the Official Air Tools and Compressors of Evernham Motorsports, Ingersoll Rand also will be the title sponsor of the Pit Training Facility at Evernham Motorsports and will be an associate sponsor of the No. 9 Ultimate Chargers Dodge Charger in the NASCAR Busch Series for the duration of the season.

Having an outstanding pit crew is key to success in this sport. While drivers can pick up tenths of a second on the track, a pit crew can help pick up full seconds on pit road. The teams at Evernham Motorsports have won two pit crew championships in the past few years, and that success can be attributed, in part, to Ingersoll Rand's equipment. The company's increased involvement in pit crew training for 2006 will further that role.

"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 Ingersoll Rand's 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 are now used by every Nextel Cup Series team for lightning-fast pit stops.

"What many customers don't realize is that our legacy of engineering excellence goes well beyond the pits and the garage," Dufour said. "Our company's heritage includes people and products that helped build the Panama Canal, the Hoover Dam and the English Channel Tunnel. Our family tree includes innovators who advanced industrial and commercial progress by inventing or developing the push button lock, exit devices that improved fire safety for buildings; food-preserving display cases; transport refrigeration; compressed air technologies; innovative compact equipment; and aluminum-frame golf carts."

Ingersoll Rand's other five strategic brands, Bobcat, ClubCar, Schlage, Hussmann and ThermoKing will also be showcased as part of the primary sponsorship.

As part of its sponsorship program, Ingersoll Rand will be offering its customers special offers and products like the Street Legal Thundergun air impact wrench that offers the durability and performance NASCAR pit crews rely on to turn 14-second, four-tire replacement pit stops.

About Ingersoll Rand:
Ingersoll Rand is a leading diversified industrial company providing products, services and integrated solutions to industries ranging from transportation and manufacturing to food retailing, construction, and agriculture. With a 100-year-old heritage of technical innovation, we help companies worldwide to be more productive, efficient and innovative. In every line of our business, Ingersoll Rand enables companies and their customers to turn work into progress. For more information, visit www.ingersollrand.com.

About Evernham Motorsports:
Evernham Motorsports is a leading team in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup, Busch and Truck Series as well as the ARCA RE/MAX Series. Founded by CEO Ray Evernham in 1999, the team is in its sixth season of competition at the highest levels of NASCAR racing with drivers Jeremy Mayfield in the No. 19 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge Charger, Kasey Kahne in the No. 9 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge Charger, and Scott Riggs in the No. 10 Valvoline/Stanley Tools Dodge Charger. Evernham Motorsports is competing for its second season in the NASCAR Busch Series with the No. 9 Ultimate Chargers Dodge program for Jeremy Mayfield, Kasey Kahne and Scott Riggs, and is launching a full-season NASCAR Truck Series program for Erin Crocker in the No. 98 Cheerios/Betty Crocker Dodge Ram. For more information on Evernham Motorsports, visit www.evernhammotorsports.com.

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Jeremy Mayfield , Boris Said , Scott Riggs , Kasey Kahne , Ray Evernham