More good news from Kimmel Racing; Messinas returns, plus new Circle Track Mag program

More good news from Kimmel Racing; Messinas returns, plus new Circle Track Mag program

(TOLEDO, Ohio - February 1, 2014) - There's been a great deal of good news coming out of the Kimmel Racing camp lately - most notably - that veteran ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards wheelman Will Kimmel has been signed by TriStar Motorsports to race in five NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) events in 2014, starting with Phoenix Int'l Raceway March 1. Ingersoll Rand will sponsor Kimmel's NNS effort.

But the good news doesn't stop there. The third-generation racer is also getting some help with his ARCA program. Longtime Kimmel Racing supporter and sponsor Messina Wildlife Management will be returning to Kimmel Racing's ARCA program in 2014.

"Will Kimmel is the total package," said James Messina, Vice President of Messinas.

"What we do for them is pretty miniscule, but whatever we can do, we do. Will does a great job of representing our company, and we're honored to be working with him and his father. Will is not only extremely qualified to be behind the wheel, he's also got something that the rest just don't have. Companies like ours are looking for people like him. They're hard to find - ones that have the genuine qualities that are so valuable. Will's got those qualities top to bottom.

"I told him last year that he was going to be in the top-10 in points, and that we were looking forward to seeing him up there on stage at the banquet, and he ended up eighth. And of course, we know he's capable of so much more. He's championship material, on and off the track, and we'd like to help contribute as much as we're able to."

The Messinas logo will occupy the hood on Kimmel's Ford for the 10 announced TV races on FOX Sports 1 and 2.

"We really appreciate James Messina and their continued support," said Kimmel. "It's not often that a sponsor calls you, but he actually called me about sponsoring the ARCA car this year. We have a great relationship with Messinas, and we're grateful to have them back on the hood. It means a lot to Kimmel Racing."

Circle Track Magazine Signs Kimmel for 2014 Project Late Model Car

In addition to the news that Kimmel will be driving the No. 44 Ingersoll Rand Toyota in Nationwide Series events at Phoenix, Bristol Motor Speedway and three to-be-determined races this season, the 25-year-old racer has also signed on with Circle Track Magazine, which recently announced that it has renewed its personal services agreement with Kimmel, who will represent the Tampa, Florida-based publication for the 2014 season.

"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 Circle Track 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 ARCA/CRA Super Series-sanctioned 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," Fisher added.  

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," Kimmel said. "Everyone in our family has been reading the magazine for years, so we all know how big and how influential they are. 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 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

You Tube:

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.