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Children Help Axalta Celebrate Grand Opening of its Center Injector at Daytona International Speedwa

February 17, 2017

Axalta Coating Systems and a Founding Partner of Daytona International Speedway (DIS), will help kick off a weekend of exciting festivities for the 59th annual DAYTONA 500 while it celebrates the new Axalta Center Injector. Beginning with a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for children with cognitive or physical disabilities, Axalta and the other DIS Founding Partners will custom-fit cars so that the children can “race” in the famed motorsports stadium in their own sit-in cars.

Axalta is making this event possible in partnership with GoBabyGo!, a national program from the University of Delaware that empowers children with disabilities to become independently mobile through the use of custom-fitted motorized vehicles. Employees from Axalta and other Founding Partner organizations of Daytona International Speedway will work meticulously in Axalta’s new Center Injector to retrofit motorized toy cars for 12 toddlers aged 5 and younger who have challenges freely moving on their own. With assistance from Florida Hospital, GoBabyGo! has selected children from the Daytona Beach, FL region to participate in this event.

This event will provide a very heartwarming and memorable sequence of life-changing moments for the children and their families. Prior to the vehicle build, children and their families will participate in an exclusive meet-and-greet with Jeff Gordon, four-time Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion and three-time DAYTONA 500 champion. Once the vehicles are completed and decorated by the injector teams, the children will “drive” their custom vehicles for the first time as they ride along the Axalta red carpet to the finish line. Every child will be presented with a Teddy Bear in a NASCAR-styled fire suit at the completion of the race.

“We are humbled and honored to celebrate the opening of the Axalta Center Injector at the Daytona International Speedway by offering children and their families this unforgettable experience,” said Joe McDougall, Axalta Senior Vice President. “To watch the children navigate their new, custom rides in a renowned location on race weekend in our new Center Injector, will truly create an incredible memory for all of us.”

In May 2016, International Speedway Corporation and Axalta announced a multi-year partnership that made Axalta the fifth Founding Partner at Daytona International Speedway’s new motorsports stadium. The agreement provides Axalta with naming rights for the Center Injector and other branding rights within specific areas of the stadium.

This partnership allows for increased engagement opportunities and ways to give back to the community. Axalta is committed to corporate social responsibility initiatives with a special focus on STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education. Through this program, Axalta is proud to encourage its employees and those of the other Founding Partner organizations to apply their STEM skills to help those most in need.

Media who are interested in covering the event require event credentials from Daytona International Speedway no later than two business days prior to the event. Please visit this link or call (386) 681-6745 for more information and to apply for media credentials. Media without credentials will not be permitted to cover this event.