|Through the No. 88 Axalta/CARSTAR Chevrolet SS Partnership, CARSTAR Builds Business, Franchisee Growth
CHARLOTTE (May 13, 2016) – CARSTAR North America, the continent’s largest network of collision repair shops and a member of the Charlotte-headquartered Driven Brands family, put its business into high gear at Kansas Speedway this May, thanks to a joint promotion with CARSTAR’s new paint partner Axalta Coating Systems.
The No. 88 Axalta/CARSTAR Chevrolet SS, driven by NASCAR®’s 13-time most popular driver, Dale Earnhardt Jr., raced under the lights on Saturday, May 7, in Kansas City, KS. He started 22nd and finished 15th in the paint scheme dubbed “Solar Flare” which featured the CARSTAR logo prominently on the car.
As part of the race weekend, Axalta (NYSE: AXTA) hosted CARSTAR corporate team members, store owners and potential franchisees for dinner and a behind-the-scenes experience at the track on Saturday. Guests had an opportunity to meet Dale Earnhardt Jr. and tour the NASCAR Sprint Cup garage, among other activities.
“This was an incredible opportunity to further strengthen our relationship with various franchise partners across North America and showcase the CARSTAR value proposition to prospective new ones,” said Michael Macaluso, president of CARSTAR North America. “Although Dale Jr. did not take the checkered flag, we all had a winning experience with our partners at Axalta.
“It was an honor to carry the CARSTAR colors on the No. 88 Axalta car and represent the CARSTAR shop owners and thousands of employees across North America at Kansas this spring,” said Jim Muse, Axalta’s North America Sales Director.
CARSTAR Auto Body Repair Experts— a part of the Driven Brands, Inc. family of automotive aftermarket franchise brands — is North America’s largest Multi-Shop Operator Network of independently owned collision repair facilities with more than 475 locations in 30 states and 10 Canadian provinces. CARSTAR delivers national scale, consistently high-quality vehicle repairs, repeatable outcomes and the industry’s highest customer satisfaction ratings; all repairs are backed by a national warranty and service guarantee. It was ranked 106th on Franchise Times® annual Top 200™ ranking of the largest franchise systems in North America and was named 18th on the Kansas City Business Journal’s Top 150 Private Companies list. The Romans Group LLC ranked CARSTAR the No. 1 largest MSO in North America. For more information visit www.carstar.com and follow us on Facebook and twitter. CARSTAR is actively seeking new franchisees. Interested parties should contact Scott Robertson, Vice President of Development at [email protected] or 888.505.6815.
About Axalta Coating Systems – Celebrating 150 Years in the Coatings Industry
Axalta is a leading global company focused solely on coatings and providing customers with innovative, colorful, beautiful and sustainable solutions. From light OEM vehicles, commercial vehicles and refinish applications to electric motors, buildings and pipelines, our coatings are designed to prevent corrosion, increase productivity and enable the materials we coat to last longer. With 150 years of experience in the coatings industry, the 12,800 people of Axalta continue to find ways to serve our more than 100,000 customers in 130 countries better every day with the finest coatings, application systems and technology. For more information visit axaltacoatingsystems.comand follow us @axalta on Twitter and on LinkedIn.