PPG car of Team Penske driver Simon Pagenaud, 2016 Verizon IndyCar champion
PPG and Team Penske have teamed up for another year of racing. Celebrating the 34th year of their successful partnership, PPG continues as a key sponsor of Team Penske’s Verizon IndyCar and NASCAR Xfinity Series races in the 2017 racing season. PPG will serve as the exclusive sponsor for one of Team Penske’s entries in five major racing events—three Verizon IndyCar Series and two NASCAR Xfinity Series races—and as an associate sponsor on all the team’s cars and equipment. Team Penske cars will feature PPG colors and logos at the races.
“We’re all very excited about the 2017 racing season,” said Bill Shaw, PPG director of marketing. “It’s a real thrill to see PPG’s Team Penske car on the track, and it reflects the solid relationship between our two companies. Look for us trackside at these races. We’re going all out for the checkered flag.”
The 2017 season began March 12 with the Verizon IndyCar Series Streets of St. Petersburg 110-lap, 198-mile race in Florida, where Team Penske driver Simon Pagenaud, the 2016 Verizon IndyCar champion, climbed into the PPG car to begin his run for a repeat championship. Pagenaud won three of four races in the PPG car last year and declared PPG blue to be his lucky color. He began this season with a second-place finish in the 21-car field.
PPG-sponsored Team Penske racing continues through Oct. 6, closing with the NASCAR Xfinity Series Drive for the Cure 300 in Concord, North Carolina. A complete schedule of PPG-Team Penske racing events, dates and television times (EDT) follows:
Verizon Racing Series July 30 – Mid-Ohio Sports Course, Lexington, Ohio; 3 p.m., NBC Sports Network Aug. 26 – Gateway Motorsports, St. Louis, Missouri; 9 p.m., NBC Sports Network
NASCAR Xfinity Series Oct. 6 – Drive for the Cure 300, Charlotte Motor Speedway, Concord, North Carolina; 8 p.m., NBC Sports Network
PPG has been a long-time major sponsor of Team Penske, with a business association that dates back to PPG’s involvement in automobile racing and sponsorship of the PPG Cup from 1979 to 1999. As a leading global supplier of high-performance coatings, PPG has become Penske Corporation’s exclusive supplier of refinish coatings for its racing, truck leasing and automotive collision repair subsidiaries and facilities. Team Penske uses PPG ENVIROBASE® High Performance waterborne basecoat for painting its race cars.
Team Penske is one of the most successful teams in the history of professional sports. Dating back to its first race in the 1966 24 Hours of Daytona, cars owned and prepared by Team Penske have produced more than 440 major race wins, over 500 pole positions and 29 National Championships across open-wheel, stock car and sports car racing competition. In its storied history, the team has also earned 16 Indianapolis 500 victories, two Daytona 500 Championships, a Formula 1 win and overall victories in the 24 Hours of Daytona and the 12 Hours of Sebring. Over 80 drivers have raced for Team Penske over the years.
For more information about Team Penske, please visit www.teampenske.com.
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