John Force Racing team goes ‘green’ with PPG


STRONGSVILLE, Ohio, Sept. 1, 2009 – John Force, one of the most successful racers in the history of drag racing, has taken his team “green” with Envirobase High Performance paint by PPG Industries (NYSE:PPG). The team, John Force Racing, installed a new paint spray booth at its Brownsburg, Ind., facility and switched to using the environmentally-responsible, waterborne coatings for all its cars at the beginning of the 2009 National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) season.

“We focus on performance,” Force said. “Performance in racing includes safety, and safety includes taking care of the environment, keeping it safe for ourselves and generations to come. Going green is very important to me. We can’t control everything around us, but we can control what we do as a team, and the paint we use has an impact on the environment. Using PPG waterborne paint is just one part of us being green, but it’s a key part.”

Force’s 34-year NHRA career has seen him set a number of records including 14 Funny Car championships, winning more than 1,000 rounds of competition, winning 126 NHRA national events and more. He was inducted into the Motorsports Hall of Fame in August 2008. The John Force Team he leads comprises daughters Ashley Force Hood, Brittany Force and Courtney Force; son-in-law Robert Hight; and Mike Neff. John, Ashley, Robert and Mike run in the Funny Car category, while Brittany and Courtney compete in the Top Alcohol Dragster class. The team was the focus of the A&E cable channel’s "Driving Force" reality show.

Brandon Baker, in charge of the appearance of the team’s six cars, said Force wanted to find an ecologically sound paint line he could count on for all the colors in the John Force Racing spectrum – green, white, red and a variety of blues.

“As you can imagine, our paint problems are a little different than most people’s,” Baker said. “Our cars go through a lot of abuse – crashes, fires, fuel spills. We’re always painting and repainting. We wanted to work with a well-known, high-quality brand that could handle the challenges we face, a company that was way ahead of the curve. And, of course, John insists the cars always look as good as possible for the sponsors and fans. After looking around, we knew it was PPG.”

The relationship has been a success, Baker said. “PPG has been extremely supportive. Plus, our painter, Dave Gregory, really likes the Envirobase HP product. There are no fumes, no smell. He can really get into the work without noxious distraction.”

Randy Cremeans, director of marketing North America for PPG, said, “Force and his team have shown tremendous foresight and responsibility by going green and not compromising their paint quality standards. They’re leaders on the track, and apparently on the environmental front, too.”

For more information about PPG, call 800-647-6050 or visit the PPG Automotive Refinish Web site at www.ppgrefinish.com. To learn more about John Force Racing, visit www.johnforceracing.com.

About John Force Racing, Inc.
John Force Racing, Inc., based in Yorba Linda, Calif., and Indianapolis is a professional sports dynasty, one that has earned 15 Full Throttle championships and claimed 176 professional tour victories. Led by team owner and driver John Force, a 14-time Auto Racing All-America selection and 1996 Driver of the Year for all of American motor racing, JFR is additionally comprised of Robert Hight, driver of the Auto Club Ford Mustang and 2005 NHRA Rookie of the Year; Ashley Force, driver of the Castrol GTX Ford Mustang and 2007 Rookie of the Year; and Mike Neff, driver of the Ford Drive One Mustang and 2008 Rookie of the Year. Brittany and Courtney Force also represent JFR, BrandSource and Sanyo in the Top Alcohol Dragster division.

About PPG
Pittsburgh-based PPG is a global supplier of paints, coatings, optical products, specialty materials, chemicals, glass and fiber glass. The company has more than 140 manufacturing facilities and equity affiliates and operates in more than 60 countries. Sales in 2008 were $15.8 billion. PPG shares are traded on the New York Stock Exchange (symbol: PPG). For more information, visit www.ppg.com.

Envirobase is a trademark of PPG Industries.

 

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PPG Automotive Refinish
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