PITTSBURGH, July 22, 2010 – PPG Industries (NYSE:PPG) will host Penske Racing and Sam Hornish Jr., driver of the No. 77 Mobil 1 Dodge Charger, at PPG Place on Wednesday, July 28. Hornish will greet fans and sign autographs from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. He will be driving the following weekend in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Pocono Raceway.
The event celebrates the 31-year relationship between PPG and Penske Racing. PPG’s automotive refinish business is Penske Corporation’s exclusive supplier of coatings for its racing, truck leasing and automotive collision repair subsidiaries and facilities.
During the July 28 event, the No. 77 Mobil 1 Dodge Charger will be displayed at the PPG Place plaza, sporting a new paint scheme using environmentally-responsible ENVIROBASE(R) High Performance waterborne paint from PPG’s refinish business. The design features decals for PPG’s automotive refinish business, for OLYMPIC(R) Paints and Stains, a brand of PPG’s architectural coatings business, and for Transitions Optical, a joint venture of PPG and Essilor that makes TRANSITIONS(R) photochromic lenses. Also appearing at the event will be the No. 77 racecar hauler, the Penske merchandise unit and the PPG show truck.
The new No. 77 car paint design will make its racing debut on Aug. 1, when Hornish drives in the Cup Series race at Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, Pa., where he earned a career-best fourth-place finish last year.
“We have a great relationship with PPG,” said Roger Penske, founder and chairman of Penske Corporation. “Their quality products and services have benefited every aspect of our business. It is a true partnership that has been rewarding for all of us.”
John Outcalt, PPG vice president, automotive refinish, said, “PPG is proud to have supported Penske’s remarkable success the past 31 years with increasingly innovative products and excellent support. Our organizations have worked together extremely well.”
Fans can visit http://www.olympic.com/ppg-penske to register to win prizes and to learn more about Penske Racing and Sam Hornish Jr. Features include footage of the No. 77 Mobil 1 car being painted with Envirobase HP paint, a virtual tour of the Penske Racing facility in Mooresville, N.C., and continuous updates during the Aug. 1 race at Pocono Raceway.
PPG Automotive Refinish, based in Strongsville, Ohio, is a leading global supplier of high-performance coatings for passenger vehicles, motorcycles, heavy-duty trucks and other commercial applications. For more information, call 800-647-6050 or visit www.ppgrefinish.com.
Olympic Paints, available exclusively at Lowe’s, and Olympic Stains provide consumers with premium interior and exterior finishes for their homes, including environmentally-responsible products. For more information, call 800-441-9695 or visit www.olympic.com.
Transitions Optical, Inc., is a joint venture of PPG and Essilor, with headquarters in Pinellas Park, Fla. The company manufactures Transitions lenses, which are the No. 1 recommended photochromic lenses worldwide. For more information, visit www.Transitions.com.
about penske racing
Penske Racing is one of the most successful teams in the history of professional sports. Competing in a variety of disciplines, cars owned and prepared by Penske Racing have produced more than 320 major race wins, more than 380 pole positions and 22 National Championships. For more information, visit www.penskeracing.com.
PPG Industries’ vision is to continue to be the world’s leading coatings and specialty products company. Founded in 1883, the company serves customers in industrial, transportation, consumer products, and construction markets and aftermarkets. With headquarters in Pittsburgh, PPG operates in more than 60 countries around the globe. Sales in 2009 were $12.2 billion. PPG shares are traded on the New York Stock Exchange (symbol: PPG). For more information, visit www.ppg.com.
Envirobase is a registered trademark of PPG Industries Ohio, Inc.
Olympic is a registered trademark of PPG Architectural Finishes, Inc.
Transitions is a registered trademark of Transitions Optical, Inc.