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 Corp. “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 were 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. The vehicle was painted with PPG’s Envirobase High Performance waterborne paint, and featured 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.