PPG will be the primary sponsor on the Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet driven by Scott McLaughlin in 10 races during the 2021 NTT IndyCar Series season.
The reigning and three-time Australian Supercars champion, McLaughlin made his IndyCar Series debut when he raced for Team Penske in the 2020 season finale on the streets of St Petersburg, Florida. The 27-year-old native of Christchurch, New Zealand, will embark on a new challenge this season as he transitions to open-wheel racing with a full-season IndyCar programme.
For his IndyCar rookie year, McLaughlin will represent one of Team Penske’s longest-active partners as the team celebrates its 37th season with PPG in 2021.
“PPG is a global, industry-leading brand that has been a terrific partner with Team Penske for more than three decades,” said Roger Penske, Penske founder, Chairman and CEO. “Our relationship with PPG has continued to grow and reach across all areas of our business. We are excited about the newest racing opportunity in our partnership as PPG teams up with the No. 3 team and Scott for his first full season competing in the NTT IndyCar Series.”
McLaughlin enjoyed an incredibly successful four-year run with the DJR Team Penske Supercars programme, helping secure three team championships and winning the driver’s title in each of the last three seasons. Over the course of his nine-year Supercars career, McLaughlin won 56 races and 76 pole positions. He and co-driver Alex Premat also earned Team Penske’s first win in the 2019 Bathurst 1000.
As he begins his fifth season with Team Penske in 2021, McLaughlin ranks among the team’s all-time leaders in career victories (third) and pole positions (second).
“It is surreal to think my first full season in the IndyCar Series is almost here,” said McLaughlin. “I am truly living out my dreams, and to have PPG on board as our primary partner is amazing. I watched the beautiful blue and white PPG cars compete over the last few years and they look amazing on the track. It is going to be an honour to represent PPG in the No. 3 Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet this season.”
“The relationship with Team Penske has been extremely successful for PPG, both on and off the track,” said Bill Shaw, PPG Director, Strategic Accounts, Automotive Refinish. “We are excited to add another chapter to our history with Scott McLaughlin and the No. 3 PPG Dallara/Chevrolet team. Scott has proven himself to be one of the most talented race car drivers in the world, and we know success in his new opportunity with the team is just around the corner. PPG is excited to be a part of that.”
The 2021 IndyCar season will begin on 18 April at Barber Motorsports Park, located just outside Birmingham, Alabama. McLaughlin will also race the PPG car during the double-header race weekends at Texas and Detroit, as well as races this season at Mid-Ohio, Toronto, Portland, Laguna Seca and Long Beach.