Rossi, Sherwin-Williams finish first at the 100th running of Indianapolis 500

June 6, 2016
Both of the Andretti cars gleamed as they crossed the famed all-brick finish line, thanks to the ULTRA 7000 basecoat-clearcoat refinish system provided by Sherwin-Williams Automotive Finishes.

Indy 500 rookie driver Alexander Rossi won the historic, centennial Indianapolis 500 race (with more than 350,000 fans at the sold-out Speedway), this past weekend. Rossi and his crew, gambling that his No. 98 NAPA Auto Parts/Curb Honda-powered Indy car had enough fuel to last the final 90 miles, finished first, just ahead of his closest competitor, fellow Andretti Autosport teammate Carlos Muñoz.

Both of the Andretti cars gleamed as they crossed the famed all-brick finish line, thanks to the ULTRA® 7000 basecoat-clearcoat refinish system provided by Sherwin-Williams Automotive Finishes. Rossi’s No. 98 Honda was painted with the Sherwin-Williams ULTRA 7000 refinish system, a versatile solventborne product line that delivers a premium urethane performance to professional painters that always expect the highest in productivity, reduced cycle time and outstanding color match.

According to team owner Michael Andretti, now having won the ‘500’ four times as an owner, "To come home 1-2 was amazing. I don't know what to say -- it's a great day, to be a part of history, to win the 100th running, and to win it with a 1-2 finish is just incredible."

Photo courtesy of LAT Photography

Sherwin-Williams, an industry leader in paint and coatings, serves as the Official Paint and Finishing Partner of INDYCAR, the Verizon IndyCar Series, Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Indianapolis 500 Mile Race, and the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Crown Royal presents the "Your Hero's Name Here" 400 at the Brickyard Event at the Brickyard as part of a multi-year partnership agreement.

“Sherwin-Williams is extremely excited with our relationship with INDYCAR and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway,” said Bryan Nichols Motorsports Manager, Sherwin-Williams Automotive Finishes. “We’re very pleased with everything this partnership entails, including celebrating the 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500.”

For years, some of the biggest names in racing have trusted their race car finishes to Sherwin-Williams. “Several IndyCar Series teams and over a dozen NASCAR® teams currently use Sherwin-Williams Automotive Finishes, where we are also the Official Automotive Paint of NASCAR,” said Nichols. “But regardless of the racing series, we aim to help all teams cross the finish line and ensure that their cars and their sponsors always look good circling the track.”

For more information about Sherwin-Williams products or its motorsports program, visit or call 1-800-SWULTRA (1-800-798-5872).

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