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PPG again teams with Speedway Children’s Charities for Track Walk

NASCAR’s Ryan Blaney to pace this year’s fundraising event in New Hampshire

Friday, July 6, 2018 12:11 pm EDT


Strongsville, Ohio

STRONGSVILLE, Ohio, July 5, 2018 – PPG (NYSE: PPG) today announced that for the 10th consecutive year, it will serve as the sole sponsor of the Speedway Children’s Charities (SCC) New Hampshire chapter’s Track Walk fundraising event on Saturday, July 21, 2018, at 8 p.m. at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, New Hampshire. NASCAR driver Ryan Blaney will lead the walk.

The annual one-mile Track Walk takes place during a weekend of NASCAR racing that includes the XFINITY Series Lakes Region 200 on Saturday, July 21, and the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series’ Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 on Sunday, July 22.

“We’ve been doing this since 2009, and we are always excited about the Track Walk,” said Mike Patenaude, PPG regional sales manager, automotive refinish. “SCC genuinely cares about kids and works so hard to give children in need better lives. PPG is honored to participate.”

This is Blaney’s first year on the walk, and the easy stroll around the track will be at a far slower pace than what he is used to when he is behind the wheel of his Team Penske #12 Ford Fusion in Monster Series competition. Through the first 16 events of 2018, Blaney has earned three top-five spots, eight top-10 spots and two pole positions. He also picked up a win in one of the 125-mile Duel races at Daytona earlier this year.

“I love the idea of walking the track,” said Blaney. “Walking, talking with fans, not worrying about who might pass me, knowing we’re doing some good by helping an organization that helps kids – it’ll be great. I’m really looking forward to this, and I hope we get a big crowd to walk with me.”

Blaney will be joined on the track by longtime SCC supporter and ESPN commentator Dick Berggren and Gen. Chuck Swannack, SCC executive director.

“We had almost 250 people walking the one-mile track last year,” said Hillarie Scott, director, SCC New Hampshire chapter. “We expect Ryan to have lots of company this year. People love to come out, take a casual walk on a track that sees speeds of nearly 200 mph and know that they’re helping us raise money for a very worthwhile cause.”

Scott also noted that the SCC’s Red Bucket Brigade will be making the rounds during Sunday’s race. The brigade’s approximately 60 volunteers will tote buckets decorated with the PPG logo through the stands during the race to collect donations. Last year, the walk brought in almost $16,000, and the Red Bucket Brigade collected an additional $21,000.

“We are extremely grateful for PPG’s support, as we could not do this without the company’s involvement,” Scott said. “PPG helps make a huge difference in children’s lives, and we invite racing fans and anyone who wants to contribute to join us.”

Prospective walkers are encouraged to visit http://www.speedwaycharities.org/events/new-hampshire/track-walk to learn more or to register. Cost of participation is $20 online or $25 at the SCC tent that will be located in the track’s display lot July 20–21. Walkers receive a commemorative T-shirt, and all proceeds benefit the SCC New Hampshire chapter.

For more information on PPG automotive refinish products, visit www.ppgrefinish.com or call (800) 647-6050.

About Speedway Children’s Charities
SCC was founded in 1982 by Bruton Smith, chairman of Speedway Motorsports, Inc. (SMI) and Sonic Automotive, as a tribute to his son, Bruton Cameron Smith, who died at a young age. The elder Smith was passionate about helping children in need and established SCC to support charities in communities around his SMI racetracks. Based in Charlotte, North Carolina, SCC today provides funding for hundreds of nonprofit organizations across the United States that meet the direct educational, medical, social and financial needs of children. SCC provides generous grants to these organizations through its eight regional chapters. Each chapter determines the needs of its surrounding communities and helps fund local organizations. Since it was established, SCC has supported thousands of organizations that help children lead productive lives. To learn more, visit www.speedwaycharities.org.

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