Penske Racing paints No. 2 NASCAR race car with waterborne system by PPG
MOORESVILLE, N.C., Aug. 29, 2007 –
|Penske Racing’s #2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger, driven by Kurt Busch in the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series, was painted with the Envirobase High Performance waterborne basecoat system by PPG at the Penske Racing facility body shop in Mooresville, N.C. |
The No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger, driven by Kurt Busch in the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series, was painted last week with the Envirobase
High Performance waterborne basecoat system by PPG Industries (NYSE:PPG).
The Penske organization has used PPG coatings systems for its truck lease and racing vehicles for more than 28 years, and all Penske Racing vehicles wear PPG coatings systems. The No. 2 car, with its new waterborne finish, will compete Sunday, Sept. 2, at the California Speedway in Fontana, in the Sharp AQUOS 500.
Waterborne specialists at PPG’s automotive refinish headquarters in Strongsville, Ohio, formulated Penske’s signature Miller Lite blue for the project. Then PPG Technical Support Specialist Jim Skal traveled to the Penske Racing facility in Mooresville, N.C., where he worked with Cesar Bustos, head painter for the Penske Racing Miller Lite vehicles. Skal showed Bustos the basics of working with waterborne.
“I was amazed at how easy it was to spray waterborne paint,” Bustos said. “It took me a few minutes to adjust to the fact that this was water-based, but I was very impressed with how it sprayed and how it looked. The PPG technical staff was able to match the color perfectly. I’m very pleased with the results, and I look forward to working with waterborne again.”
When the No. 2 car hits the track, it will wear the logo for Martin Auto Color, the PPG Platinum Distributor of the Year for 2006, on the trunk lid. Martin Auto Color of Van Nuys, Calif., won the right to have its logo on the No. 2 car as part of the PPG Platinum Distributor of the Year Award. The rear quarter panel of the Miller Lite Dodge Charger also will carry the Envirobase
High Performance waterborne basecoat system logo.
Busch will enter the Sharp AQUOS 500 at Fontana fresh from a win Aug. 21 in the 3M Performance 400 at the Michigan International Speedway, his second win in the NASCAR Nextel Cup series during August. With his win at the Pocono Raceway in the Pennsylvania 500, Busch is 12th in the standings and has a solid position in the title Chase eligibility slot.
For more on PPG waterborne refinish systems, visit www.ppgrefinish.com
or call the PPG Customer Focus Center at (800) 647-6050. For more on Penske Racing, visit www.penskeracing.com
Pittsburgh-based PPG is a global supplier of paints, coatings, chemicals, optical products, specialty materials, glass and fiber glass. The company employs more than 34,000 people and has 125 manufacturing facilities and equity affiliates in more than 25 countries. Sales in 2006 were $11 billion. PPG shares are traded on the New York and Philadelphia stock exchanges (symbol: PPG). For more information, visit www.ppg.com
.Envirobase is a trademark of PPG Industries.
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