PPG and Penske Racing Celebrate 25-Year Relationship

August 2, 2009

STRONGSVILLE, Ohio – July 28, 2009 – This summer, PPG and Penske Racing are celebrating a successful 25-year relationship. The two companies established their partnership in 1984 through PPG’s participation in motorsports and sponsorship of the PPG Cup from 1979 to 1999 in the CART Series, where Penske Racing teams competed. The opportunities between the two companies started with PPG providing paint for Penske race cars. Over the years, the relationship has grown and PPG has become Penske Corporation’s largest supplier of refinish coatings for its racing, truck leasing and automotive collision repair subsidiaries.

“We are very proud of the partnership we have with PPG,” said Roger Penske, founder and chairman of Penske Corporation. “Working together as we do in so many areas of our business has been beneficial for all of us. PPG’s quality products, services and continuous innovations have helped us throughout our racing activities, as well as in our automotive and truck leasing businesses.”

“The Penske success story has been remarkable,” says John Outcalt, vice president Auto Refinish Americas for PPG. “Being a part of it for 25 years means maintaining a continuous commitment to the teamwork that ensures both partners prosper. Our organizations work together well and it shows, and we believe this partnership will only grow stronger in the years to come.”

In celebration of this relationship, three PPG business units will be featured on the No. 77 Dodge Charger driven by Sam Hornish, Jr. at the August 2 NASCAR Cup Series race at Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, PA. This vehicle will be painted with PPG’s Envirobase® High Performance waterborne paint. The car will also feature decals for PPG’s Automotive Refinish, Transitions® Optical and the Architectural Coatings, Olympic® Paint and Stain. 

PPG Automotive Refinish recently assisted Penske Racing in its efforts to become more environmentally conscious by switching the organization’s Mooresville, NC NASCAR facility to Envirobase High Performance waterborne paint. Now Penske NASCAR race cars are painted in this environmentally-friendly product. Envirobase High Performance has lower volatile organic compounds (VOCs), which results in reduced pollution and a safer working environment for paint technicians. 

Cleveland based PPG Automotive Refinish, a business group of PPG, is a leading world-wide supplier of high performance coatings designed for use on passenger vehicle, motorcycles, heavy-duty trucks and many other commercial applications. For more information call 800-647-6050 or visit www.ppgrefinish.com

Transitions® lenses are the ideal everyday choice for healthy sight. They are clear indoors and at night. Outdoors, they automatically darken as light conditions change. Transitions lenses provide visual comfort, and enhance visual quality by reducing glare and enhancing contrast, helping you to see better today. Transitions lenses block 100 percent of harmful UVA and UVB rays – helping to protect the health and wellness of your eyes – so you can see better tomorrow as well.

Olympic, a brand of PPG, has provided consumers with premium interior and exterior finishes for their homes since 1938. Olympic’s heritage of beauty and protection - and now environmentally friendly finishes, make it the perfect choice for home décor needs. The brand is available at Lowe’s Home Improvement stores nationwide. For more information, visit www.olympic.com.