Axalta Coating Systems (NYSE: AXTA) is proud that its paints helped carry driving greats, MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS Formula One TM Team Driver Nico Rosberg and Jimmie Johnson to victory at their recent championship season finale wins on the Formula One TM and NASCAR circuits, respectively. Axalta's innovative automotive coatings contribute to race car performance and aerodynamics, as well as maximize the visibility of both team and driver brands with colorful designs and effects. This Smart News Release features multimedia. View the full release here: http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20161201006482/en/
Nico Rosberg in the MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS Formula OneTM team car. (Photo: Axalta)
"We congratulate Jimmie and Nico on their tremendous accomplishments this year," said Axalta Chairman and CEO Charlie Shaver. "The tough environments of the racetrack are the ultimate test of the endurance and durability of our coatings. The technology that stands behind the coating performance we deliver on the track is found in Axalta coatings sold around the world for multiple vehicle and industrial applications." Rosberg, one of the MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS Formula One TM Team drivers, clinched the 2016 FIA Formula One TM World Drivers' Championship 1 in the last race of the season at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix in the United Arab Emirates on Sunday, November 27, 2016. As an Official Team Supplier, Spies Hecker ®, one of the global refinish brands of Axalta, is responsible for the paint of the high-impact, instantly-recognizable livery on this season's Silver Arrow - the Mercedes F1 W07 Hybrid car. "It's important, of course, that the race cars look great on the track and that logos of our partners are displayed clearly. What is also exceptionally critical for us is the weight of the paint, the speed of its application and the reliability of the entire system. And by that I mean, being used over and over again, all season, season after season, with the same great results. Spies Hecker delivers that for us. We don't have time to accept anything less than perfect," says Andrew Moody, Head of Paint and Graphics, MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS Formula One TM Team. On the NASCAR circuit, Johnson's historic seventh Sprint Cup Series championship was won in the No. 48 Lowe's Chevrolet SS painted with Axalta's brilliant coatings. From the beginning of Johnson's journey at Hendrick Motorsports to becoming an iconic future NASCAR Hall of Fame driver, Axalta's products have proven time and time again to withstand the tough conditions of NASCAR racing, and it was no different at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Nov. 20, 2016, when Johnson clinched the championship by winning the season's final race.