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PPG, Team Penske extend partnership for multiple years

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PPG and Team Penske will continue together as partners into 2017, for a 34th straight season since 1983, with continued presence on the Team Penske IndyCars as part of a multi-year extension.

PPG Automotive Refinish will be a primary sponsor for at least four Verizon IndyCar Series races next year, although which car is to be determined. It’ll be an associate sponsor throughout the year.

Both series champion Simon Pagenaud and Juan Pablo Montoya ran PPG liveries this season and Pagenaud won with the colors on three races, at Long Beach, Barber and Mid-Ohio, this season. Pagenaud’s renumbered No. 1 Chevrolet will have Menards on board for 10 of the 17 races next year.

“As one of the Team Penske’s longest and most trusted partners for more than 30 years, PPG has been a big part of our success both on and off the track,” said Roger Penske. “Our teams continue to win with PPG and we look forward to building on the success together with our NASCAR and INDYCAR programs in the future.”

“We have a very special relationship with Team Penske,” said John Outcalt, PPG vice president, global automotive refinish.  “We’ve worked together successfully for years and are proud to be a part of the team’s winning tradition.  Team Penske did exceptionally well racing in 2016–Simon Pagenaud and Joey Logano were outstanding—and we’re excited about the prospects for 2017.  By extending our partnership into the future, we’re ensuring mutual support for years to come. PPG and Team Penske are in it for the long run.”

IndyCar teams with NASCAR on IMS road course doubleheader in 2021

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The NTT IndyCar Series will be sharing Indianapolis Motor Speedway with the NASCAR Cup Series in a race weekend doubleheader for the second consecutive season, but both series will be on the road course in August 2021.

IMS announced Wednesday that IndyCar will hold an Aug. 14, 2021 race on its 14-turn, 2.439-mile road course. It’ll be a day before NASCAR’s premier series runs the same layout for the first time after the Brickyard 400 was contested on the 2.5-mile oval for the first time in 27 years.

This season’s rescheduling of the IndyCar GMR Grand Prix to July 4, 2019 (a day before the Brickyard 400) led to the first NASCAR-IndyCar doubleheader weekend. The Xfinity Series also raced on the IMS road course for the first time July 4 after the IndyCar race ended.

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IndyCar will be holding its second race weekend this year at the IMS road course Friday and Saturday with the Harvest GP.

“Our first NASCAR-INDYCAR weekend was a big success last July, with positive feedback from
our loyal fans who watched the races on NBC and from the drivers, teams and participants
involved,” IMS president Douglas Boles said in a statement. “The Xfinity Series’ debut on the IMS road course provided exactly the kind of thrilling action from the green to checkered flags that we anticipated, so we know the teams and drivers of the Cup Series will put on a great show as they turn left and right for the first time at IMS.

“We can’t wait to welcome back fans to see NASCAR and INDYCAR together during this
exciting weekend as we add another memorable chapter in the long, storied history of the
Indianapolis Motor Speedway.”

It also will mark the first NASCAR Cup-IndyCar doubleheader with a crowd as fans weren’t permitted at IMS in July because of the novel coronvavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Over the course of Wednesday, NASCAR is releasing its 36-race slate for next season. IndyCar has yet to release its full 2021 schedule.