PPG teams with John Force Racing

Relationship growing with 17-time NHRA champions

STRONGSVILLE, Ohio, Oct. 29, 2012 – PPG Industries' (NYSE:PPG) automotive refinish business has partnered with the John Force Racing team of the National Hot Rod Association (NHRA). The team, led by John Force – one of the most successful racers in the history of drag racing – is a dominant presence in the NHRA with a long list of wins and championships to its credit.

For its funny cars and high-powered dragsters, John Force Racing chose the ENVIROBASE(R) High Performance line of waterborne coatings by PPG. The team is working with PPG’s master artist Paul Stoll to develop color palettes and one-of-a kind designs for its cars.

“We take great pride in being associated with John Force Racing,” said John Parran, PPG director of marketing, automotive refinish, North America. “The team’s consistent performance on the drag strip has been nothing short of extraordinary, and its commitment to environmental responsibility through the use of waterborne finishes is equally impressive. We’re proud to partner with winners and are proud to provide them with innovative products and unwavering support.”

John Force Racing is considered a true dynasty in motor sports, with two generations of drivers competing in the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series. The team’s drivers include Force; his daughters Courtney Force, Brittany Force and Ashley Force Hood; his son in-law Robert Hight; and Michael Neff. Force has raced for more than 30 years. Since 1990 the team has won 17 NHRA Funny Car championships, with John Force personally taking 15 titles and winning more than 1,100 rounds of drag racing competition. He was inducted into the International Motor Sports Hall of Fame in Talladega, Fla., in 2012.

PPG’s relationship with John Force Racing began four years ago, when PPG Territory Manager Mike Clemons introduced the team to Envirobase High Performance basecoat and Force decided to convert his paint operations to using the waterborne system. The relationship has grown, with John and Courtney Force speaking at the February 2012 PPG Platinum Distributor Conference. They, along with Neff and Hight, also will appear at the PPG booth at the upcoming SEMA Show in Las Vegas.

“Racing is all about performance, and that’s what we focus on,” Force said. “We expect top performance in every aspect of our operations, including the paint we use. PPG is quality. Their products perform, and they’ve been extremely supportive from the start. That’s why we’re working with them and why we have a solid relationship.”

For more about PPG, call 800-647-6050 or visit www.ppgrefinish.com. For more about John Force Racing, visit www.johnforceracing.com.

PPG Industries' vision is to continue to be the world's leading coatings and specialty products company. Through leadership in innovation, sustainability and color, PPG helps customers in industrial, transportation, consumer products, and construction markets and aftermarkets to enhance more surfaces in more ways than does any other company. Founded in 1883, PPG has global headquarters in Pittsburgh and operates in more than 60 countries around the world. Sales in 2011 were $14.9 billion. PPG shares are traded on the New York Stock Exchange (symbol: PPG). For more information, visit www.ppg.com.

Bringing innovation to the surface is a trademark and Envirobase is a registered trademark of PPG Industries Ohio, Inc.
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Cindy Schauer
PPG Automotive Refinish