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PPG named Official Paint Sponsor for Green-Savoree Racing Promotions Properties

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Green Savoree Racing Promotions has a announced a new partnership with PPG Industries, naming them as the official paint sponsor of all three of their Verizon IndyCar Series races, which include the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, the Honda Indy Toronto, and the Honda Indy 200ย at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.

“We are thrilled to partner with PPG across our entire portfolio of race properties,” said Kevin Savoree, President and COO of Green Savoree Racing Promotions. “PPG is consistently on the cutting edge of innovation and aligns with our company’s goals to deliver outstanding results. With PPG’s long history in motorsports sponsorship, the relationship with GSRP is a natural fit, and we are looking forward to seeing all facets of the partnership in action during the 2017 season.”

The announcement sees PPG’s sponsorship commitments continue to increase. Once the title sponsor of the PPG IndyCar World Series, the company returned to the sport in 2011 as an associate sponsor with Team Penske. Their involvement has steadily increased since then and is now branching out to include event partnerships.

It’s very exciting for us to partner with Green Savoree and be part of the Verizon IndyCar Series,” said John Outcalt, PPG Vice President, Global Automotive Refinish. “It’s a great opportunity for PPG to associate itself with a very successful organization whose racing events provide a thrilling spectator experience. We look forward to being trackside with GSRP.”

Lewis Hamilton receives Daytona 500 invitation from Bubba Wallace

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Lewis Hamilton is a fan of the new NASCAR Cup Series team formed by Denny Hamlin and Michael Jordan to field a car for Bubba Wallace.

Will the six-time Formula One champion also be a fan in person at a NASCAR race in the near future?

Wallace is hoping so.

After Hamilton tweeted his support Tuesday morning about the news of a Hamlin-Jordan-Wallace team making its debut with the 2021 season, Wallace responded with a sly invitation to the Daytona 500.

Much would need to be worked out, starting with how much garage and grandstand access would be afforded for a 2021 season opener that likely would occur during a still ongoing novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

But it would seem fitting given that Hamilton and Wallace have been two of the world’s most outspoken Black athletes about the quest for diversity and racial justice. Hamilton recently reaffirmed his commitment to activism after his donning a Breonna Taylor shirt sparked an FIA inquiry.

The idea of Hamilton attending the season opener already had legs, too. The Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 driver has expressed a desire to race the Daytona 500 after he has retired from Formula One.

He was a spectator (with racing legend Mario Andretti) at four-time champion Jeff Gordon’s final Cup race as a full-time in the 2015 season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway. In 2011, Hamilton swapped cars with three-time champion Tony Stewart at Watkins Glen International.

Having rubbed shoulders with other racing greats so often, it only would be fitting if Hamilton — who is one victory from tying Michael Schumacher’s career record and also could tie the F1 record with a seventh championship this season — spent some time with the greatest basketball player of all time.

Jeff Gordon was flanked by Mario Andretti and Lewis Hamilton before the 2015 Cup season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway (Jared C. Tilton/NASCAR via Getty Images).