Driving his PPG-painted car, the No. 22 PPG Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet, Simon Pagenaud took the checkered flag in the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama on April 24th at Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Ala. It was Pagenaud’s second consecutive Verizon IndyCar Series win. The previous week Pagenaud, a native of France, raced to victory in the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, also while carrying the PPG colors. Pagenaud now has captured two victories and two second-place finishes for Team Penske in the first four races of the 2016 season. His pace has put him at the top of the series’ driver point standings in just his second season with Team Penske.
Pagenaud’s car is the latest of Team Penske’s cars to wear a PPG coat. PPG has been a longtime major sponsor of Team Penske with an overall business relationship extending more than 30 years. The association dates back to PPG’s involvement in automobile racing and sponsorship of the PPG Cup from 1979 to 1999. In 2009, PPG assisted Team Penske in the conversion of its state-of-the-art racecar painting facility in Mooresville, N.C., to the PPG ENVIROBASE High Performance waterborne coatings system. Pagenaud’s car features a blue and white PPG water-based finish, and, like other PPG-sponsored Team Penske cars, it prominently displays the PPG logo.
“It’s exciting for us to see Team Penske and Simon Pagenaud do so well on the race course,” said John Outcalt, vice president, global automotive refinish. “We’ve had a strong relationship with Penske Racing for several decades and that’s based on a mutual commitment to deliver exceptional performance and exceptional products. Neither Penske nor PPG will settle for anything less.”
PPG has become Penske Corporation’s exclusive supplier of refinish coatings for its racing, truck leasing and automotive collision repair subsidiaries and facilities.