Knavish has spent more than three decades with PPG in various executive roles and was named the company’s president and CEO on Jan. 1.

He previously served as PPG’s chief operating officer before the company announced this past October that the Pittsburgh native would succeed Chairman and CEO Michael McGarry in the role of CEO at the outset of the current year. McGarry, who served as CEO since 2015, moved into the role of Executive Chairman.

Knavish will have the honor of presenting the winner of the PPG 375 (11:15 a.m. CT, TV: NBC and Peacock, Radio: INDYCAR Radio Network, SiriusXM) with the PPG 375 trophy.

PPG also will honor two of its business partners by designating them for the other primary dignitary roles. Berkshire Hathaway National Collision Director Darren Huggins will be the Grand Marshal and provide the start command. DK Painting owner Danny Katave will serve as the Honorary Starter and wave the green flag to commence the PPG 375, the second race of the NTT INDYCAR SERIES season.

Dignitaries list for the PPG 375 NTT INDYCAR SERIES race:

  •  Grand Marshal: Berkshire Hathaway National Collision Director Darren Huggins.
  •  Honorary Starter: DK Painting owner Danny Katave.
  •  Victory Lane Trophy Presenter: PPG Chairman & Chief Executive Officer Tim Knavish.
  • National Anthem: Kate Cowling of Paradise, Texas.
  • Invocation: Bret Shisler of Texas Alliance Raceway Ministries.
  • Color Guard: Grapevine Police Department.

Dignitaries for Saturday’s SPEEDYCASH.COM 250 NASCAR CRAFTSMAN Truck Series race:

  • Grand Marshal: Community Choice Financial President Bill Baker.
  • Honorary Starter: Community Choice Financial Senior Vice President of Marketing Raechel Peters.
  • National Anthem: Paige Johnsey of Sardis, Ark.
  • Victory Lane Trophy Presenter: Community Choice Financial Chief Executive Officer Kyle Hanson.
  • Invocation: Bret Shisler of Texas Alliance Raceway Ministries.
  • Color Guard: Grapevine Police Department.

Texas Motor Speedway’s 2023 events schedule consists of everything from the April 1-2 NTT INDYCAR SERIES/NASCAR CRAFTSMAN Truck Series doubleheader and the Sept. 23-24 NASCAR Playoffs weekend, car shows and competitions and the Ducks Unlimited Expo, the four-day Hwy 30 Music Fest and Bandas y Trocas Hispanic concert and truck show, and then wrapping up the year with the family-favorite and speedway tradition Gift of Lights holiday light show.

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