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Blake Koch Will Turn the Corners at Bristol Motor Speedway in Ingersoll Rand No. 8 Car this Weekend

By Business Wire News   


Ingersoll Rand (NYSE:IR), the Official Power Tools of NASCAR®, will be the primary sponsor of driver Blake Koch and TriStar Motorsports this weekend in the NASCAR XFINITY Series™ race at Bristol Motor Speedway. On Fri., Aug. 21, 2015, Koch will don the Ingersoll Rand fire suit for his 22nd race of the year as he turns the corners in the No. 8 Ingersoll Rand Toyota Camry.

“I’m proud to represent the long tradition of Ingersoll Rand racing for the first time in the NASCAR XFINITY Series,” says Blake Koch, a five-year veteran of the series. “For more than 55 years, Ingersoll Rand has supported NASCAR drivers on the track and our crew teams in the pits, providing real tools for the real work that we depend on when we’re out there in the race.”

In addition to taking over the half-mile track in Bristol, Tennessee, Koch will take over Ingersoll Rand’s social media sites on Facebook (, Twitter (@IRProducts) and Instagram (@IRTools), posting real-time photos and video from the infield, the pits and the seat of the Ingersoll Rand Toyota Camry.

As an associate sponsor of TriStar Motorsports, the Ingersoll Rand brand has its place on the No. 8 car each week of the 2015 season and on the apparel of the hardworking crew members who service it.

“We use the Ingersoll Rand Thunder Gun and many other Ingersoll Rand tools in our garage and always will – no matter whether they are a sponsor or not,” said Matt Lucas, crew chief of the TriStar Motorsports team. “We count on Ingersoll Rand tools to prepare our cars during the week, and to service them while at the track. They keep our cars running fast week in and week out during the entire season and they never let us down.”

The associate sponsorship of TriStar Motorsports is one part of Ingersoll Rand’s ongoing motorsports and racing program that includes multiple sponsorships and events. The company is currently offering tool and race fans alike a chance to win an ultimate fan weekend at an upcoming NASCAR race. The “Real Work. Real Play” sweepstakes is now underway to reward one lucky winner with a one-of-a-kind, all-expense paid trip for two to Dallas, Texas, Nov. 6-9, 2015.

There the winner will attend a NASCAR race, enjoy VIP access to special events, a chance to meet Richard Rawlings of Gas Monkey Garage and more. Enter to win at or from July 15, 2015 to Sept.15, 2015. Individuals must be 21 years old to enter. View the full contest rules here.

Real Tools For Real Work.SM

Ingersoll Rand prides itself on developing tools for the toughest jobs technicians and operators face every day. For them, having tools they can count on to get the job done right, fast and on time is all that matters. That’s why Ingersoll Rand is constantly thinking, designing and innovating right alongside the hardest workers, so they can deliver tools for what real life demands.

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. We are a $13 billion global business committed to a world of sustainable progress and enduring results. Ingersoll Rand products range from complete compressed air and gas systems and services, to power tools, material handling and fluid management systems. The diverse and innovative products, services and solutions enhance our customers’ energy efficiency, productivity and operations. For more information, visit or

About TriStar Motorsports NC, LLC

TriStar Motorsports NC, LLC currently fields Toyota Camry’s in the NASCAR XFINITY Series for Mike Bliss, Cale Conley, Blake Koch and David Starr. Located in Mooresville, North Carolina, TriStar Motorsports has competed in the NASCAR Nationwide Series since 2010; fielding cars for some of NASCAR’s top drivers. To find out more information about TriStar Motorsports please visit, like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

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